This Might Be the Best Composite Decking—Find Out Why

Learn why one of our editors thinks that NewTechWood should be every contractor's number one choice for composite decking.

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A deck is an extension of a home, typically the place for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. Building a deck is an expensive project, so choosing the right decking is obviously very important. But which product should you choose? Real wood is an option. It looks great, but most people don’t appreciate the maintenance required to maintain wood decks.

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Best capped composite in the industry

NewTechWood is a composite decking that is fully capped in a layer of proprietary blended plastics. This cap is what protects the board from moisture, UV rays, and staining. Very few other manufacturers fully wrap the entire board. Most products are wrapped just on the top and sides, leaving the rest of the board exposed to the elements. Some products are only wrapped halfway down the side, and some manufacturers even cut the fastening grooves on the side of the boards right through the capped layer.

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Deck colors and grain

NewTechWood decking comes in six colors that range from dark to light.

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Best deck hidden fastener system

Have you ever been on a deck that has massive spacing on the deck boards? They are not comfortable to walk on in bare feet, dangerous to walk on in high heels, and if you drop something like a phone between the boards on a ground level deck you might as well kiss it goodbye. A lot of decking manufacturers require large gaps because of their fastening system, but not NewTechWood. They have designed a system with stainless steel clips that allows an amazingly narrow 3/64-inch gap.

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Hidden deck fasteners on the border

Like other manufacturers, NewTechWood offers hollow decking. They also offer solid boards called the Columbus Series that are usually used for the borders (in case the end grain is exposed). The Columbus Series has one distinct advantage over other boarder boards. There is a grooved notch on the underside of the board for keeping the fastening point concealed, so there is no need for any fasteners to be visible anywhere on the whole deck. Many other deck systems incorporate hidden fasteners, but not on the boarder boards, so you end up with visible fasteners all along the borders.

A deck made from long Newtech boards
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Long deck board lengths

Seams are ugly, so when it comes to deck boards the longer the better . NewTechWood deck boards can be ordered in various lengths starting at 8 feet, all the way up to 20 feet. Building a deck with 20-foot boards will guarantee few seams if any all.

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Affordable decking 

NewTechWood prices vary depending on where you live, but in our area it can be bought at Home Depot or your local lumber supply for $5 to $5.50 per square foot. Comparable products typically start a $10 per square foot.