AUTHOR: Owen Wang

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Decking Deep Dive: Can Composite Decking Be Reused?
Created On: May 13, 2024
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Welcome back to our “Decking Deep Dive” series. Today, we’re addressing a question that’s increasingly relevant to environmentally conscious homeowners in Melbourne and Sydney: Can composite decking be reused?

In an era where sustainability is key, understanding how building materials can be repurposed is essential.

What is Composite Decking?

Composite decking is made from a blend of recycled wood fibres and plastics, making it a sturdy and eco-friendly alternative to traditional timber. Known for its durability and low maintenance, composite decking is a popular choice for outdoor areas, providing long-lasting beauty without the environmental cost of cutting down trees.

Can Composite Decking Be Reused?

Yes, composite decking can indeed be reused. While the reuse of any material depends on its condition after initial use, composite decking’s robust nature often allows it to be repurposed for new projects, offering significant environmental and cost benefits.

Benefits of Reusing Composite Decking

Reusing composite decking contributes significantly to environmental sustainability. It helps reduce landfill waste and lowers the demand for new raw materials. Financially, repurposing existing decking can cut costs in new construction projects, making it an attractive option

Decking Deep Dive: Can Composite Decking Be Reused?

How to Safely Remove and Repurpose Composite Decking

To ensure composite decking can be reused, it’s crucial to remove it carefully:

  1. Preparation: Before dismantling, clean the decking and inspect for any major damage.
  2. Removal: Use the right tools to gently disassemble the deck to ensure that the deck boards are in the best condition for reuse in a new project.
  3. Repurposing Ideas: Once removed, the decking can be used for small projects like creating bench seats for a table and other crafting outdoor furniture.


Considerations and Limitations in Reusing Composite Decking

While composite decking can be repurposed, it’s important to assess several key factors to ensure it’s suitable for a new project.

Structural Integrity is crucial; inspect the decking for any signs of weakening, particularly if it was previously subjected to heavy loads or extreme conditions – it’s important to note that in most cases, this won’t be an issue, unless the boards were installed incorrectly. The

Aesthetic Condition of the boards is also a significant consideration. WoodEvo composite decking has been developed so that it is resistant to scratching and fading, so this is only an issue if you are using a brand of composite decking that is a lower quality.

Evaluating these aspects will help determine the feasibility of reusing composite decking in various settings.

Decking Deep Dive: Can Composite Decking Be Reused?

Tips for Maintaining Reusable Composite Decking

To maximise the lifespan and potential for reuse of composite decking, regular maintenance is key – make sure that you keep the deck clean from dirt and debris with regular cleaning and if you’re not immediately reusing the decking, ensure that you store the decking flat and covered, in a dry area. Maintenance and cleaning usually only involves a light pressure wash or if



Reusing composite decking is not only feasible but also a wise choice for those looking to enhance their homes sustainably. It offers both environmental and economic benefits, aligning with the values of many homeowners in Melbourne and Sydney today. For more information on how to implement these practices in your next project, or to explore more sustainable building options, consider speaking with a WoodEvo expert.

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