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What To Use When Cutting Composite Decking

What To Use When Cutting Composite Decking

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January 4, 2007

Cutting Composite Decking Is Simple

A lot of people are now leaning more toward composite decking options. The reason being that composite is low maintenance and extremely durable, unlike many of real wood options.

Composite decking comes in many colors, sizes and textures. Composite decking is just as easy as wood to use. Just like wood it can be cut and shaped. Cutting composite decking is simple. Here are some directions to follow:

When cutting composite decking you should use special carbide-tipped saw blades. These blades should have eighteen to twenty-four teeth per inch.  Cutting composite decking holes for screws can be tricky unless you use self-tapping deck screws. The best way for cutting composite decking screw holes is to drill pilot holes to keep the area around the screw from bubbling up. If this happens remember to use a hammer and flatten them out to be less noticeable.

Cutting Composite Decking

Another option for composite decking is a special type of screws. There are screws made for composite decking that will fasten this material more securely and keep you from having the problems that regular screws may give you.

While working with composite decking materials you will be surprised how much easier it is than wood to use. You don't have to worry about sun damage, cracked wood, splinters or even dust when installing the deck. Plus, it costs less than many wood options, which is great news for those of us on a budget.

Composite decking sounds great but it also comes with a few disadvantages. Composite decking or plastic decking can stain easily. Dirt can also easily get in the textured cracks making a great place for mold or mildew to grow. Even though you don't have to paint or stain this product you should still get a special spray cleaner and scrub your boards to keep them clean and free from stains and debris buildup.


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