It’s safe to say that at this point we’re all pretty familiar with composite decking. It emerged in the 1990s and quickly proved to be a significant contender in the decking and dock planking categories. Marketed as a low-maintenance decking option and available in a variety of colors and textures, it’s not a surprise that consumers took to it as they did. However, while improvements have been made since then to better its performance, overall composite decking hasn’t changed a whole lot in the past decade, which hasn’t really spelled great things for the category.
One innovation that recently hit the market, however, is proving to be a welcomed relief to the composite deck world and one of the hottest - or perhaps coolest - trends of 2019. MoistureShield, who is perhaps one of the best and most reliable decking innovators and manufacturers with zero product failure claims to date, has made a breakthrough in composite decking with CoolDeck® technology. Whether you’re a homeowner, marina, or contractor, this is one item you’re going to want to pay attention to.
CoolDeck: Breakthrough Solution to a Hot Problem
One of the most notorious pitfalls of composite decking is how hot it gets under the sun. Composite decking contains plastic which gets hot when in direct light; the more plastic a deck board has the hotter it will get. Add in dark colors, and many types of composite decking can actually reach temperatures that are 70 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature when in direct sunlight, making it both uncomfortable and downright dangerous to walk on. A deck this hot could lead to serious burns on the bare feet or legs of adults, children and pets. But a warm, sunny day is exactly when you want to be outside enjoying your deck or dock, so what is the solution?
CoolDeck from MoistureShield is specifically designed not to heat up in the sun. When compared to other conventional, capped composite deck boards, it remains roughly 35% cooler even in direct sunlight. It’s also designed to have less heat transfer to you, so even if you were to step onto your deck at the height of the sun’s rotation, you can do so without fear of being burned.
CoolDeck is available in two of MoistureShield’s popular decking lines – Vision and Infuse. Vision decking has a modern, variegated appearance that will give your deck the look of real wood. It won’t fade or stain and comes in two easy to install models. Vision is ideal for building a traditional deck in your yard and can also be used in water applications such as pool decking and boat docks. Vision’s colors are lighter and more contemporary, letting you customize the look and feel of your deck to match your property. In either Cathedral Stone or Mochaccino, Vision decking will enhance the look and give you full access to your outdoor space.
Infuse, another CoolDeck available line, is a highly durable decking that is manufactured using MoistureShield’s exclusive Co-X process. This gives each board an incredibly realistic wood grain appearance along with enhanced color variation. The color palette in this line is designed to be dark and earthy with both Harbor Gray and Rustic Timber available with the CoolDeck technology. Like Vision, Infuse is designed not to fade or stain, and is specifically made for use near water. Install it on any water-exposed property without worrying about swelling or moisture issues that can be inherent with marine decks.
CoolDeck composite decking is designed to be used anywhere you would use wood or other composite deck boards. It can be used to create a deck, walkway, pool surround, dock, marina or patio, and you’ll get the same durability and quality you’ve come to expect from MoistureShield with the added benefit of cool comfort in the heat.
Innovation You Can Trust and Definitely Use
What we like about CoolDeck from MoistureShield, is that you get a low maintenance, durable deck which people come to expect from composite, but one that won’t hurt you to walk on it when the season is at its prime. Plus with MoistureShield’s great track record for producing dependable composite decking products, it’s a board we trust.