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  #2499198 5-Jun-2020 17:26
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neb: Cool, submitted a sample request earlier today.
And it arrived today, we're definitely sold on this, it's the most natural-looking of all the composites we've seen, from standing height it looks pretty close to real timber. The hollow-core is significantly lighter than the solid-core so unless anyone can think of a good reason to go with solid we'll get the hollow-core, less weight on the deck.

 

You need to picture frame or use end caps to hide the hollows. 

 

Not sure about that particular brand, but for some of the hollow ones you need to use the proprietary fixing system. The solid ones you can usually use any kind of normal or camouflaged screws


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  #2500053 7-Jun-2020 14:25
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mdf:

Not sure about that particular brand, but for some of the hollow ones you need to use the proprietary fixing system. The solid ones you can usually use any kind of normal or camouflaged screws

 

 

These have screws and PP clips, but then we're coastal so will need 316SS screws anyway, I don't think there'll be much cost difference between their fixing system and a bazillion SS screws.

 
 
 
 


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  #2500057 7-Jun-2020 14:31
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Here's some photos, first the Futurewood composite which was the least plastic-looking one we'd found until now:

 

 

 

 

Remember that's the least plasticky one. Then the Outdure:

 

 

 

 

It's just streets ahead of the others. Finally an edge photo of the hollow-core one:

 

 

 

 

This shows the tradeoff with the natural-looking coating, it's a surface coating only so deep scratches will cut through it and expose the underlying material. OTOH I'd much rather have a natural-looking deck and risk a few blemishes than cover the deck in brown extruded plastic.

 

 

In terms of weight, the solid-core weighs around 450g for 100mm while the hollow-core is around 275g for 100mm, so a considerable weight saving, as well as (hopefully) less heat buildup in the summer due to the air core.

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neb: Here's some photos, first the Futurewood composite which was the least plastic-looking one we'd found until now:

 

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Remember that's the least plasticky one. Then the Outdure:

 

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It's just streets ahead of the others. Finally an edge photo of the hollow-core one:

 

....

 

This shows the tradeoff with the natural-looking coating, it's a surface coating only so deep scratches will cut through it and expose the underlying material. OTOH I'd much rather have a natural-looking deck and risk a few blemishes than cover the deck in brown extruded plastic. In terms of weight, the solid-core weighs around 450g for 100mm while the hollow-core is around 275g for 100mm, so a considerable weight saving, as well as (hopefully) less heat buildup in the summer due to the air core.

 

And those photos don't really do either of them much justice.

 

I just don't see the point in going solid, the hollow profile is still very strong - it's not really "hollow" as such. And my non-scientific theory is the same, that hollow might not retain heat as long. I'm also working on the assumption that solid is more expensive.


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