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Types of Facade Cladding for Home Exteriors

Natural Fibers Composite, vinyl, fiber cement, or wooden panels are just a few of the facade cladding options and materials you have as a homeowner

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Cleaning algae on composite deck

Cleaning algae on composite deck: Even composite decking requires regular care. Compared to painting or staining your wooden decking floor every year or two the composite decking is a great low-maintenance alternative and holds up longer. But nothing is entirely maintenance-free. All exterior building materials gets dirty and can develop biological growth stains, Green Plank deck is no different, it's important to clean it properly.

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How to Clean Composite Decking

All exterior surfaces collect dirt, dust and contaminants and require cleaning. It is necessary to clean them periodically to keep them looking good. Green Plank® composite decking, cladding and fencing products are low-maintenance products, not no-maintenance products. In fact, there are some mistakes that can actually increase the regular care required to maintain a composite decking floor, facade cladding, fencing and railings. Here are a few tips to avoid the extra work and get the most out of your investment.

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Composites for Architects

Green Plank understands that as an architect you have very unique needs. To support those needs, we have developed this area of the website specifically for your profession.

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Composite Deck Maintenance Tips for Installers / Contractors

Homeowners love Green Plank® low-maintenance composite decking because it's easy to clean up and lasts for a long time. But that doesn't mean the installers/contractors don't get plenty of callbacks from clients who mistake "low-maintenance" for "no-maintenance."

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Composite Deck Installation Tips for Installers / Contractors

When it comes to installing composite decking, a few tips and tricks will point you in the right direction to exceed your clients' expectations. Green Plank® low-maintenance composite decking is different to install compared to soft or hardwood and many other composite decking.

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Commercial Decks

Low-maintenance Green Plank® composite decking products have increasingly being used in many commercial and public decking projects to add architectural flair, including new seating areas for schools, day care centres, hotels & resorts, outdoor dining areas, entrance gangways, jetties, piers and luxury decking of roof terraces for commercial buildings.

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Residential Decks

In both new residential construction projects and renovation work, design professionals are continuing to discover the advantages of Green Plank® wood composite decking products, including durability, light weight, dimensional stability, corrosion resistance, high strength, and low-maintenance requirements.

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Deck Design Tips for Installers / Contractors

Do you have questions about composite deck installation, or is your decking client seeking advice from you about choosing a composite decking material? Here you will find practical tips and answers to frequently asked questions by the deck installers.

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Deck Installers

Deck installers may find this website as a primary resource to get information they need to have about composite products so they can create better quality decking projects which provide satisfaction in both performance and longevity to their clients.

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Deck Replacement Tips

With the advancements in composite building materials on the market, homeowners have some interesting options when selecting right decking materials. Knowing the costs beforehand can also help you make the right decisions when it comes to choosing decking materials and who to hire to do the job.

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Deck Renovation Tips

When renovating your deck, the most important things to consider initially are: working with what you have, DIY or contractor, decking materials, etc.

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Deck Maintenance Costs

Maintenance is the area where Green Plank® low-maintenance composite really shines. Wouldn't you much rather relax on your deck than work on it? You will never have to paint, stain, or seal your Green Plank® low-maintenance composite deck. Green Plank® low-maintenance composite deck will not crack or splinter, which your feet will appreciate. Insects have no interest in munching on plastic and water damage is not an issue.

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Decking Installation Costs

Installation costs for any deck are quoted for basic models before any enhancements or improvements are added in. Another deck enhancement that will raise deck installation cost is having electrical service like outlets or lighting added. Yet another deck cost raiser is having a retractable awning to provide shade installed over the deck.

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Decking Material Costs

The costs between the two options will usually serve as the overall deciding factor. Green Plank® low-maintenance composite decking materials are enjoying increasing demand despite the fact their price is higher than wood decking. While wood comes in at a much lower price, the Green Plank® low-maintenance composite materials are often be selected due to much longer lifespan, extremely durable, easy to install, saves time and effort in maintenance, etc.

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Your new Composite Deck Tips

Adding a deck to the back or sides of your home is a wonderful way to not only increase your enjoyment of the time you spend outside, but to increase your home's resale value. When planning for your new deck, the most important things to consider initially are budget, deck size, shape, decking patterns, DIY or hiring contractor, decking materials, etc.

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Composite Deck for Homeowners

Adding a deck is one of the top five home improvement projects. Homeowners often contemplate an addition to increase their living space and recovering the costs when they sell their home. A deck is a home's best accessory.

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Wood Plastic Composites or WPC

Wood Plastic Composites or WPCs - the term usually used to designate materials or products made of one or more natural fibres or flours and a polymer or a mixture of polymers. Wood Plastic Composites or WPC are gaining popularity as a safe, environmentally sustainable and long-lasting material for use in outdoor decks, patios, bridges, claddings, park benches, fences, railing, etc.

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