A terrace material has found a lot of fans in recent years: the WPC decking boards. We have once noted what advantages they offer.WPC planks are very easy to maintain
Nowadays, terrace and balcony surfaces are covered with a wide variety of materials, with everything from tiles to natural stone slabs to wooden coverings. In the meantime, optics and utility have become equally important to consumers. At the same time, the terrace should also be easy to walk on and the surface should be as easy to clean as possible.
With the WPC decking boards, which have only been on the market for a few years, these needs can all be met without any problems. The term WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composition, a wood-plastic composite that is made from a wood and polymer compound. WPC terrace boards therefore offer several advantages, which we would now like to explain to you in more detail below.
Overview of the advantages of WPC planks
➤ Advantage No. 1 - ecological aspect:
All plastic components used are usually subject to first use (no recycling materials), which in turn guarantees high weather resistance and dimensional stability of the individual decking boards. Even though they are completely recyclable when not in use!
➤ Advantage No. 2 - large selection of colors:
For a few months now, WPC decking boards have not only been available in natural-looking wood colors, but can also be made in special colors such as in lively red, blue, green, yellow, etc.
➤ Advantage No. 3 - planks are easy to lay:
WPC decking boards can be installed very easily, as they are usually offered in tongue and groove design (click method). In some cases, there is even installation without additional substructure (floating installation), insofar as it is a flat, slightly sloping terrace floor. For any unevenness in the terrace surface, however, the manufacturer also provides a wide range of compensation accessories, such as Rubber pads, substructure rails, leveling swivel feet and the like.
The individual panels are also only processed with conventional wooden tools for sawing and drilling. The first and last plate of a covering is always fixed to the substructure by screwing it on.
In principle, laying the planks on direct soil (wetness factor) should be avoided. In order to minimize or completely switch off any waterlogging that may occur on a terrace, you should also insert appropriate drainage elements in the entire terrace covering or underlay the covering with an approximately 10 centimeter thick, as fine as possible gravel / grit covering. Underlay this chippy covering with a fleece (reading tip: garden fleece: 3 tips for use) in order not to offer any possibility of an unpleasant weed growth between the floor coverings.
➤ Advantage No. 4 - beautiful edging available:
The specialist trade continues to provide numerous end edges for freely laid terrace areas in order to maintain an elegant look. However, you should take into account that you only have to straighten the actual end edge of the laid planks towards the end of work with a continuous cut (use of a circular saw).
➤ Advantage No. 5 - easy-care material:
A great advantage of the WPC decking board can be described in that it can be cleaned easily at any time with a damp cloth and with cleaning agents approved by the manufacturer, without losing its shape and / or color. Most plastic decking boards can even use a high-pressure cleaner for heavy soiling!
In addition, high-quality WPC boards no longer require any additional maintenance, such as a painting or glazing. This is because the extremely barefoot-friendly coverings (note the quality seal) - regardless of the wood look or color you choose - are crack-resistant, frost-resistant and bleach-resistant.
➤ Advantage No. 6 - no infestation with mold or pests:
In addition, with WPC terrace boards, infestation with mold, pests and fungi is almost impossible.