In the world of outdoor flooring, composite decking materials are becoming bigger and bigger. That’s why we all got to be very careful about falling in love with fashion advertised by sales people without the proper technical knowledge. How many times you’ve been told ZERO MAINTENANCE, EASY INSTALLATION, LASTS FOREVER! That’s absolutely wrong... or better, these shouts definitely need a deeper analysis. Let’s go then!+
WPC/BPC Composite - What does that really mean?
Standard WPC composite decking boards are made of recycled polymers such are PE or HDPE, which are no more and no less than recycled plastic bottles, bags etc.etc. Though this represent a potential good Green commercial hook, those polymers cannot be recycled infinitely! And the boards made out of those polymers are subject to extremely bigger movements and torsions if compared to the not recycled BPC (which can be recycled, is more valuable and doesn’t move as much!).
This is what we need to know when we approach the idea of buying a composite product, especially if you’re willing to install it... a material that moves a lot needs a master deck builder to deal with, otherwise you just trashed your money. In the compound/mixture of the standard wpc decking boards there is even a percentage of natural product, the most common is SAWDUST! Wow... sawdust! When dropping oil on the floor, my grandmother used to put sawdust on top in order to absorb it and better clean! IT ABSORBS A LOT... really a lot! So again be prepared to dimensional changes according to the percentage of sawdust inside... this again it’s not a that bad thing if you know it before you get it installed (to do it the right way).
What does it happen when you build your deck with a standard wpc composite decking? Look below:
What you just seen can happen sooner or later, more or less, according to the quality of decking boards you are buying. This is essential to know in order not to encounter a deep disappointment after what looked like a good deal!
Composite Decking: Solid or Hollow?
A myth needs to be busted: solid = better, hollow = worse !
This ONLY depends by the quality of the material the boards are made of. In a standard WPC, in fact, a solid board it’s preferable because these kind of composite deckings have a soft structure, and in this case a hollow board could be more fragile if the material is the same. But there a back side to take in consideration, the more mass you have, the more the board will move! It would be much better opting for an innovative material made of BPC... in this case is much better a BPC hollow board than a WPC solid one! Because it has a stronger, more resistant structure!
Duro 2.0 Composite, the new generation of decking composites!
onsciousness about all the limits linked to WPC/BPC composites lead the italian team of iDecking Revolution to develop a new material to fix the major problems coming from traditional composites.
Its name is DURO 2.0, the new material made of RICE HUSK (skin of the rice grain), Bamboo Dust and Polymers. Yes, you got it right... RICE HUSK, a by product that would be otherwise burnt and create CO2 is given a much more noble second life into decking boards with incredible structural performances. It has to be compared to a noble wood other than common composites. Rice grows into water, and the skin of the rice protects the grain till the moment it’s ready to blossom! NATURAL HYDRO REPELLENCY, in fact thanks to its special capping, the Duro 2.0 board surface doesn't absorb any liquid, stain or fats, making it extremely easy to clean!
Internationally premiered during the DOMOTEX WORLD OF FLOORING Exhibition 2020, the DURO 2.0 material by iDecking Revolution is finally out and already conquering its well deserved success! Whoever is looking for building, contracting, buying a new deck, knows the importance of choosing the right material at the best price and lowest maintenance requirements. Especially is we’re talking about decking, which has to stay out and battle with any kind of weather. iDecking Revolution is the Italian brand known to have brought innovation in the world of decking, and it’s surprising this world once more by launching the evolution of its most known decking material: DURO 2.0. While keeping the best plus and characteristics of the old version, the DURO 2.0 adds to its structure truly phenomenal advantages, let’s have a look together:
Duro 2.0 Decking NEW composition
Decking DURO 2.0 is a composite floor made thorough co-extrusion process and composed by the following ingredients:
- Rice Husks: literally the skin of the Rice grains! This natural trick helps the board performing like no other in humid and water exposed situations like: seaside, swimming pools, tropical weather and so on.
- Bamboo: Bamboo dust! This is the first new touch for DURO! Thanks to the bamboo dust, the board acquires a drastically increased stability!
- HDPE Polymers: the plastic part, blent together with the natural ingredients composes a decking floor much more stable than it’s predecessor.
Antistain and Color high performance: here we come with the real BIG news! Other than its new composition, the DURO 2.0 has much more to say. Its co-extrusion processing allows the board surface to be capped with an innovative film fixing two of the most annoying facts about decking: Cleaning and Color Fading! Thanks to this capsule, DURO 2.0 is anti stain guaranteed (since there’s no absorption) and extremely easy to clean (for the same reason)! The capsule protects the floor from the UV Rays making it MUCH MORE stable as far as color fading is concerned!