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Key Considerations for Building Your Composite Deck

Key Considerations for Building Your Composite Deck

Julian Mossanen |

Building a composite deck is a great way to enhance your outdoor space. Key considerations include selecting the right materials, understanding the installation process, and planning for safety and durability. In this blog, we'll cover essential factors to help you create a beautiful and long-lasting composite deck.

Understanding Composite Types:

1. Non-capped Composites:

Non-capped composites resemble natural wood but are composed of wood fibers and recycled plastics for added durability. They offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional wood, though they require more maintenance to prevent fading and mold growth over time.

2. Capped Composites:

Capped composites feature a protective polymer sleeve that shields against moisture, UV rays, and stains, ensuring minimal maintenance. They retain their color and texture longer than non-capped varieties and provide versatile design options in various colors and finishes for aesthetic flexibility.

3. PVC Decking:

PVC decking is crafted entirely from synthetic materials, delivering exceptional durability and resistance to moisture, mold, and fading. It requires minimal upkeep, typically limited to occasional cleaning with soap and water. PVC decking is ideal for environments with high moisture exposure and is available in diverse colors and finishes.

Composite Decking Styles:

1. Grooved:

These composite decking boards feature channels along the sides for hidden fasteners, ensuring a clean, fastener-free surface. This style offers a sleek appearance and facilitates efficient water drainage, which is ideal for creating a modern and seamless deck design.

2. Square: 

Square-edge composite decking boards provide a traditional look with visible fasteners securing them in place. This style is straightforward to install and offers a classic aesthetic, appealing to those who prefer a more conventional deck appearance.

3. Fascia: 

Composite fascia boards are designed to finish the edges of a deck, providing a polished and professional appearance. They conceal the structural framing and enhance durability by protecting against moisture and debris, ensuring a complete and refined deck installation.

Variety of Colors in Composite Decking

At CompositeDeckDirect, we offer a diverse range of composite decking options, encompassing 12 colors: 6 solid colors and 6 variegated colors.


1. Stone Grey

Stone grey decking embodies understated elegance, blending effortlessly into any outdoor space. Its muted tone evokes timeless sophistication, ideal for classic or modern aesthetics, making it a versatile choice for diverse design preferences.

2. Mocha

Mocha decking's warm, inviting tones create a cozy outdoor sanctuary, reminiscent of freshly brewed coffee or indulgent chocolate. Ideal for intimate gatherings or lively entertaining, it infuses warmth and hospitality into every occasion.

3. Red Bordeaux

Red Bordeaux decking commands attention with its deep, wine-inspired hue, evoking the luxurious ambiance of a sophisticated vineyard. Whether as an accent or main feature, it adds drama and elevates the aesthetic appeal of any outdoor space.

4. Sand

Sand decking captures the tranquil essence of a beach retreat with its light hue and subtle grain pattern, evoking sun-bleached sands and coastal breezes. Ideal for creating a serene outdoor oasis immersed in natural beauty.

5. Brulee

Brulee decking, with its warm caramel undertones, enriches outdoor spaces with depth and comfort, reminiscent of cozy fireside retreats or indulgent desserts. Ideal for creating an inviting atmosphere to unwind and entertain amidst lush surroundings.

6. Caramel

Caramel decking infuses outdoor spaces with a warm, golden hue and subtle grain pattern, reminiscent of cozy fireside retreats or sweet confections. Perfect for creating an inviting atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment in natural surroundings.


1. Tigerwood

Tigerwood decking, inspired by tropical hardwoods, features intricate grain patterns and warm, golden tones. It evokes exotic allure, reminiscent of sunlit forests or sandy beaches at sunset, adding tropical elegance to any landscape.

2. Amazon grey

Amazon grey decking epitomizes urban sophistication with its cool, neutral tones, reflecting modern aesthetics and industrial design. This understated hue adds refinement and elegance to outdoor spaces, perfect for minimalist or eclectic styles, creating a stylish retreat.

3. Tropical walnut

Tropical walnut decking mirrors the rich tones of tropical hardwoods, offering warmth and luxury akin to a lush paradise. Its deep chocolate-brown hue and glossy finish infuse outdoor spaces with exotic elegance, perfect for creating a serene, inviting retreat in nature.

4. Brazilian cherry

Brazilian cherry decking features rich, reddish-brown tones and a lustrous finish, showcasing the beauty of exotic hardwoods. Inspired by South American landscapes, it adds warmth, energy, and sophistication to outdoor settings.

5. Hazelwood

Hazelwood decking captures the timeless beauty of natural wood with its warm, honey-toned hue. Reflecting sun-dappled forests and autumn leaves, it adds warmth and elegance to outdoor settings, creating a serene ambiance for relaxation and enjoyment.

6. Ash grey

Ash grey decking exudes contemporary sophistication with cool, neutral tones. Ideal for minimalist outdoor spaces, it adds refinement and elegance, offering versatile styling options to create a sophisticated retreat that reflects personal style.

Understanding Permits for Composite Decking

permits for composite decking projects are essential to ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations. Depending on your location, permits may be required for various aspects of the project, including construction, electrical work (if applicable), and zoning considerations.

Before beginning your project, it's important to research and understand the specific permit requirements in your province or municipality. This typically involves contacting your local building department or municipal office to inquire about necessary permits, fees, and any specific guidelines that must be followed.

Permits for composite decking projects often involve considerations such as:

  • Building Permits: These are typically required for any structural changes or additions to your property, including the construction of a new deck or significant modifications to an existing one
  • Electrical Permits: If your decking project involves the installation of lighting, outlets, or other electrical components, an electrical permit may be necessary to ensure safety and compliance with electrical codes.
  • Zoning and Land Use Permits: These permits ensure that your decking project complies with local zoning regulations, setback requirements, and environmental considerations.
  • Environmental Permits: Depending on your location, you may need permits related to environmental impact assessments or protections for nearby water bodies or natural habitats.
  • Heritage or Design Review Permits: In some historic districts or areas with specific architectural guidelines, you may need permits to ensure that your decking project meets aesthetic or preservation standards.

By understanding and obtaining the necessary permits before starting your composite decking project, you can ensure that your construction is legal, safe, and meets all local regulations. This proactive approach helps prevent delays, fines, or the need for costly corrections later on.

Elevate Your Outdoor Experience with CompositeDeckDirect

Elevate your outdoor living space with top-quality composite deck boards from Composite Deck Direct. Our extensive selection offers the perfect solution for every project, whether you're renovating your backyard oasis or designing a stunning deck for a commercial space.

Why We're the Best Choice for Your Decking Needs: 

  • Premium Quality: Our composite deck boards are crafted using advanced technology and premium materials to ensure unmatched durability and aesthetics.
  • Variety of Options: Choose from a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes to complement your unique style and vision.
  • Environmental Responsibility: We are committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. Our composite deck boards are made from recycled materials, reducing waste and environmental impact. For a 144 sq ft deck, 12,000 recycled plastic bottles are used.
  • Expert Guidance: Our team of experts is here to assist you at every step of the process, from selecting the right deck boards to installation tips and maintenance advice.

Composite Decking: Warranty, Protection, Quality, Affordability 

At Composite Deck Direct, we're committed to enhancing your outdoor space with decking solutions designed for longevity. Our composite decking boasts an unmatched fade and stain-resistant finish backed by a 25-Year Limited Warranty, ensuring enduring quality and beauty. Experience superior quality and longevity at an affordable price with our composite decking, priced from just $3.09 per foot. Transform your outdoor living experience with the perfect fusion of style and durability, creating a captivating sanctuary for years to come.

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