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Why people in British Columbia are using Composite Decking as opposed to wood?

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Julian Mossanen |

Beautiful British Columbia! How we all long to live in its green forests and awesome mountains, to enjoy its quiet lakes, sparkling towns and cities, and its dramatic coasts. Dynamic, capricious, lovely and oh, so green, our luscious British Columbia inspires homeowners, artists, sportspeople, and nature lovers.

Yet, British Columbia has a challenging climate: winters can be cold, wet and dark. Summers can be blindingly hot and dry. With lots of variety in the climate already, recently BC has also become a center for extreme weather events.

Atmospheric rivers have mushroomed in the region. These weather “rivers” transfer heat and moisture away from the tropics like Hawaii, to the North American coastal areas. Intense rainstorms followed by excessive heat (the ominous “heat dome”) can result in summer and fall firestorms. The damage to forested areas from devastating fires means greater likelihood of flooding and dangerous debris flows in BC when the weather turns wet.

A rugged climate makes for rugged weather, hard on homes, decks and outdoor fencing. For this reason, many homeowners in the province now find composite decks and fencing the material of choice for their properties. PVC and composite decking is especially popular. PVC is a type of engineered polymer, versatile, non-toxic, fire-resistant and cost-effective, while composite is made of recycled plastic and other materials.


Composite decking, composite fencing, PVC deck boards and other PVC materials all stand up much better to extreme weather than wood. You just can’t beat it for durability. After a storm, you won’t be dealing with damaged and broken decks and fences. Instead, your composite deck will stand strong against the elements. It is even fire-resistant in the event of a calamity of that sort.

A warmer world means more precipitation as more moisture from the ocean is heated up and into weather systems (clouds.) A warmer world means more drought and more fires, which means more damage to the land from the rainstorms that follow.

These factors, in combination with lower maintenance costs for your composite deck or fence, make the choice for composite decking pretty straightforward, especially in British Columbia, this rugged, beautiful region that faces challenging weather. With Composite Deck Direct, you can choose from a variety of styles and colors. Composite deck boards mimic the grain and beauty of natural wood, yet last longer and require less maintenance. Many of materials are made from recycled plastic, which makes composite deck boards and composite fencing environmentally friendly to boot.

For many people in British Columbia, relaxing and entertaining outdoors is a favorite pastime. By installing sturdy and lovely composite decking and fencing, your garden and yard is always ready for a party, or for just you and your family to enjoy!

Restoring your deck and outdoor space after winter will not be a concern, as composite materials come through winter storms as if they were new, and withstand summer heat without a problem as well. You won’t need to repaint your composite or PVC deck, treat it for insect damage or deal with it warping or cracking. Your composite or PVC deck also includes heat blocking technology to help keep the boards cool in the summer. 

It’s becoming clear: we are facing more extreme weather than before. With so much we are unable to control, why not choose what is durable and good for the environment, both? A long-lasting composite deck and composite fencing will increase the value of your home, too. Protect your property and help the planet! Plus, the added benefit of being able to enjoy and share your gorgeous outdoor space with family and friends. This all makes composite decking and fencing a winning solution for homeowners in beautiful British Columbia.