What is Mineral Based Composite Decking?


The term “composite” refers to the materials used to make composite decking. Traditional composites are constructed of wood and plastic mixed together, but the most recent innovation in the industry is mineral-based composite decking, which combines plastic polymers with stable, long-lasting minerals, combined and then stretched (pull extruded).

MBC decking, also known as mineral-based composite decking, is the latest great advance in low-maintenance decking. It helps build a beautiful deck that will last longer since it is stronger and more highly durable than conventional composites.



What Are The Benefits of Mineral Based Composite Decking?



A composite material’s unique resistance to problems including rotting, warping, splitting, molding, and insect damage makes it more durable than wood. Mineral-based decking brings it to a whole new level thanks to its enhanced dimensional stability, durability, and complete resistance to mold and water damage.

The trick? Mineral-based composite decking substitutes minerals for natural wood fibers to protect it from moisture, insects, and temperature changes.


We’ll go through some of the benefits of mineral-based decking while highlighting Deckorators, one of the first names in mineral based composite decking.



Maximum Stability With Virtually No Thermal Expansion & Contraction



The fact that mineral-based composite decking is incredibly stable in all temperatures is by far its greatest benefit.


Almost all building materials have some degree of size change as temperatures fluctuate. Have you ever observed how the wood doors in your house may have lots of room to move around in their frames in the winter but when summer temperatures soar, the doors fit tightly (or not at all!) into their wooden frames? This is due to the fact that wood expands in hot, humid conditions and contracts in cold, dry air.


When it comes to wood, that expansion or contraction can be quite pronounced, at least in comparison. Perfect gaps between deck boards can enlarge into enormous, unattractive fissures that accumulate dirt and debris in just a fraction of an inch.

The stability of wood has been improved by PVC and conventional composite boards, which show less expansion and contraction.


But even compared to other low-maintenance solutions, mineral-based composite boards are superior. MBC deck boards hardly expand or compress at all as a result of temperature changes, exhibiting almost no thermal expansion or contraction.

What does that useful measure of dimensional stability mean? The fasteners on your deck boards are one of the most prominent examples. Mineral-based composite deck boards keep your fasteners in place with tighter grips that last longer since they don’t swell or shrink with temperature fluctuations.


Consider how wood boards squeak against the fasteners holding them in place as they grow or shrink. This has a tendency to loosen the fastener connections over time and rip out the screw holes.


None of this pulling, stretching, or loosening weakens the fastener connections because MBC decking maintains an astonishing level of size consistency. The owner of a deck will spend less time maintaining it because they won’t have to regularly mend loose boards, change out screws, or replace complete boards that have warped.


No Wood Fibers To Rot Or Mold


Mineral-based composites are free of all organic components, including wood fibers. That eliminates a of deck predators, including water damage, mold, mildew, and insects, which feed on wood boards.


Fungi like mold and mildew thrive on organic stuff. They frequently grow and really eat away at wood deck boards, which is a common concern. Termites and other insects can also harm property. Traditional wood composite boards normally have a robust exterior cap that safeguards the wood fibers, but if the capping is broken, they may also be vulnerable to the emergence of mold and mildew.


This is a significant benefit of MBC decking: since there are no wood fibers, there is no organic material for insects, mold, or mildew to consume.


Strength Without The Weight


The strength-to-weight ratio of Deckorators MBC is unmatched in the composite market. What does this mean? As a result, each Deckorators deck board is both incredibly robust and lightweight, with a high weight capacity that won’t droop or bow over time.


Deckorators MBC boards are 36% lighter than conventional WPC boards, which is a significant difference. PVC boards are likewise known to be lightweight, however they lack the same strength as MBC and are generally difficult to deal with. As a result, Deckorators is the leading market leader when it comes to composite decking that is durable for many years.



Safe For Water Contact


The fact that Deckorators mineral-based composite deck boards are authorized for use in the ground or in contact with water is one of the reasons we love them. That’s a big concern since water constantly threatens wood decking and erodes deck boards. Although wood-plastic composites offer a significant increase in durability, they are not made to withstand prolonged ground or water contact.


Because mineral based composite doesnt absorb moisture, you can actually place decking in direct contact to the ground or water, docks for an example.




Greater Traction


No one wants to worry about slipping on their deck during the rainy season or coming out of the pool. Deckorators has 34% more traction than other leading brands of composite decking, which is a significant safety benefit.



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Color Options


The aesthetics of a composite deck can vary greatly and are a matter of personal preference. While many homeowners aim for a composite that resembles wood, some choose a bolder color or a finish that clearly differs from the look of wood grain. There are numerous colors and textures available from Deckorators that will go with any design.


Three of Deckorators’ product lines—Voyage, Vault, and Picture Frame—include composite boards made of minerals. Their top-of-the-line composite, Voyage, has the most options and a more upscale appearance. The six color options for Voyage are all vertically variegated to resemble a straight wood grain. The Picture Frame boards are available in Dark Slate, while the Vault series is available in two hues with cathedral variegation and the Picture Frame boards comes in Dark Slate.


Extraordinary Warranty


A 50-year structural guarantee is included with the Deckorators MBC product lines. That indicates a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty on the materials’ performance. Additionally, they have a 25-year stain and fade warranty as well as a 25-year removal and replacement (or labor) warranty. This labor coverage offers Deckorators clients a rare level of security.


Simply simply, no one compares to Deckorators in terms of guarantee, protection, and post-purchase assistance.


It is pretty straightforward: Deckorators MBC boards are superior in composition and manufacturer support, and the warranty coverage backs up their claims!





We are in business to offer our clients the appropriate materials for their needs and lifestyle in a wide range of pricing ranges, styles, and uses.


When compared to other leading composites on the market, such as wood and plastic composite or PVC, Deckorators Mineral Based Composite is consistently the material that outperforms the rest. Deckorators mineral-based composite decking is the best option if you’re seeking for workability, strength, durability, stability, variety, surface traction, or an industry-leading guarantee.


We are here to assist you when looking for a new deck. Today, request a consultation, and we’ll get you started.


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