We pride ourselves on the quality of our decking products and how they add value to your home and your life. Not only do they add value but they help save on cost, as well.
The key to saving cost is the longevity of the decking product you use and the value you receive from the product. Such factors include the color retention, water absorption and being mold, mildew & decay resistant. As an added benefit, you will also be saving on waste.
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SAVINGS & VALUE
Instead of wood flour, Green Bay Decking uses reclaimed paper by-product in its patented hybrid engineered deck system formula to produce superior color retention and fade resistance. Natural wood contains lignin, a chemical which creates color fading when exposed to sunlight. Our composite decking contains little or no lignin in comparison to other wood composite deck boards which use wood as their reinforcing material.
In accelerated weather tests designed to simulate 2,000 hours of outdoor sun exposure, our I.Dekk product had less of a color change than our competitors. In fact, some alternative decking faded at a rate comparable to wood decking.
Unlike other wood composite products, our hybrid engineered deck systems patented formula contains no wood flour. Instead, our products include rapidly-renewable rice hulls, which are naturally more resistant to internal microbial activity and water absorption than wood and wood by-products.
The presence of water in alternative material decreases mechanical properties and durability, including performance during freeze/thaw cycling, dimensional stability, and warping. In addition, the higher the water content the higher the risk of internal decay due to microbiological activity. Sensitivity to water depends on the material formulation.
I.Dekk boards outperformed other leading extruded polyethylene alternative deck boards in independent water absorption rate testing conducted in 2009 by the University of Maine Advanced Structures & Composites Center.
Our environmentally friendly composite formula includes rice hulls to increase resistance to mold, mildew, decay, and various fungi. Rice hulls are unique because they contain significant amounts of microbial-resistant silica, which is the rice plant’s natural defense mechanism against bugs.
A rice hull is the outer husk of a naturally grown rice kernel. Hulls are removed in a mechanical process and are often incinerated, sent to a land fill, or used in animal bedding. Green Bay Decking reclaims rice hulls from disposal and repurposes it for our hybrid engineered deck systems. Unlike wood, rice and rice hulls are a rapidly-renewable resource and environmentally sustainable.
Our products formula includes a powerful antioxidant additive to prevent degradation. Since 2003, the amount of antioxidant in our deck boards has been more than tripled. As a result, our product does not degrade prematurely, thus saving maintenance, money, and time.
Green Bay Decking uses reclaimed paper by-product in its patented formula to increase mechanical performance, stiffness, and surface hardness, which mitigates scratching. Paper by-product includes components such as cellulose, kaolin clay, and calcium carbonate, which act as stiffeners. This also increases span needed between joist which in turn saves the amount of materials needed and saves cost.
As compared to wood decking, all alternative decking products are much more eco-friendly and sustainable. As compared to other alternative decking products, our formula is also superior. Our composite deck systems have been used on green LEED-certified buildings and projects for commercial, residential, and marine use. View our LEED statement for additional information.
Our products contain rice hulls, a rapidly-renewable resource made from the discarded outer husks of rice kernels, and discarded paper pulp, a by-product of the paper-making process. Because of the close proximity of the local manufacturer that provides our paper by-product we qualify for additional LEED credits. Both rice hulls and paper by-product would often otherwise be incinerated or sent to landfills.