Deck designing is the most important part of a home or office interior design. Tongue composite decking or grooved composite decking is used as a replacement for traditional composite decking.
So, Composite decking is traditionally installed with clips that are fastened in grooves on the sides of the boards. And this is to give a faster and cleaner installation look. Since the clips are usually less visible than screws that go right through the boards.
But then there are also boards that have Tongue and grooves. It simply slots into each other eliminating the need for clips altogether. They usually have pre-drilled holes so that they are very quick and easy to install. So let’s go through them step by step.
It’s what’s most commonly found on the market today when you’re browsing composite decking.
With grooves on the side, you simply install the first board usually with starting clips, and then attach the between clips. Then slot in the next board and continue. The process is a bit tedious. But it’s still better than installing a traditional wooden deck. Where you need to drill two pilot holes every so often for the screws.
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Tongue & Groove Composite Decking
So, the “newer” variant of composite decking comes with tongue and groove. In this case, we are thinking about Green Plank’s “Smart” System. They’re usually a bit more expensive. But a lot of that cost is saved back in from not needing to buy clips which could be a bit costly depending on where you are buying them.
They come with pre-drilled holes in the groove so you simply just install the first board and slot in the next to screw that in. It goes so much faster and it’s basically foolproof.
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Since they simply attach to each other they leave no gap in between the planks. This means that nothing can grow up from the cracks and nothing can fall down between the boards either. This also has the added benefit of increasing the load-bearing capacity of the decking since they are all connected, they basically share the load over the whole surface.
Both variants can come as both hollow or massive which you can read more about HERE and can come in a variety of textures and colors. Totally depends on who you’re buying the composite from.
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