What are "composite boards"?
Composite boards, also known as hybrid, are produced by combining high quality wood with modern polymers as well as ingredients improving the composition and product durability. Such formula ensures reliable durability and resistance to damage, harsh weather conditions, as well as moisture and mould. During the production process, boards are subject to special treatments improving their properties. One of them includes brushing, which gives the product some non-slip features, unique appearance and structure of wood.
What are their distinguishing features?
Composite boards resemble natural wood, however, their technical properties are excessively greater than those of wooden boards. That is why, this material is more and more often chosen and applied both on terraces and balconies, as well as on building elevations and fences. When choosing composite boards, we can be sure that they will look great for many years and require no impregnation or refreshing. What's more, ProDeck composite boards are subject to guarantee against rot and decay up to 25 years. A long guarantee against such damages is very crucial in case of the materials applied in open places and thus, prone to changeable weather conditions.
ProDeck boards include 10% of ingredients improving composition and increasing durability:
- UVA and UVB filters – increase resistance to sunlight,
- antioxidants – increase resistance to weather conditions and rot over time,
- impact modifiers – increase board impact and durability in low temperatures,
- biocides – make the boards immune to mould and lichen,
- fire retardants – make boards non-flammable,
- calcium-zinc stabilizers – contain no lead and do not expose the users to a detrimental influence of heavy metals on human health,
- dyes of the highest resistance to UV radiation.
Assembly and care
SComposite systems are a perfect solution for anyone, who appreciates easy and comfortable solutions. Contrary to natural wood, composite boards require no impregnation – once assembled, they will serve for many years with no impregnation. Cleaning with water and mild detergent is enough. Worth mentioning is the fact that composite systems are not only boards - but also joists, finishing strips and connecting clips, thanks to which a terrace, fence or an elevation might be assembled quickly and with no effort.
Seasoning - change of colour
After assembling the composite boards, they are likely to change their colour within a couple of days. It is a natural process, which is a result of exposing wood fibres to the sunlight. Applying wood as the frame provides the composite with some unique properties as well as natural look, however, has a crucial impact on the fact how the boards will behave with time.
Composite boards are subject to seasoning. It consists in stabilizing the wood included therein under the influence of weather conditions. This process lasts from one to four months, depending on the level of exposure to sunligt as well as precipitation intensity. During this period, wood fibres, which were exposed in the process of profiles' brushing, are subject to characteristic process of "yellowing", and board colours might differ from the required one.
Composite boards get their full colour after the seasoning period, when the colour returns to its almost original one. After that the colour is usually lighter of 0,5-1 tone than the original one.
Due to the fact that composite boards include natural wood, they tend to be covered with some characteristic patina, which, with time, might seem to lighten the board. This process is not unavoidable and characteristic of all types of wood-polymer composites. Depending on weather conditions and the level of terrace exposure to sunlight, it is anticipated that the colour might change of 0,5-2 shades a year.