We were set to get a composite deck until we visited an outdoor showroom today. It was a sunny day in Melbourne, 22-24 degrees about 12pm in direct sun and all the composite brands were so hot underfoot that we couldn't stand on them. The wood options were much more bearable (e.g. merbau, jarrah etc).
Wondering what others experiences are with composite decks re heat? We're building it in an area that will get full sun.
We've asked about the temp difference to wood prevously and didn't get any indication that it would be an issue and that there's not much difference between composite and wood (maybe once they all get to 40 degrees or so!).
I can only give you feedback on our Ekodeck products and could only presume that most composite deck products might be similar.
Ekodeck will retain and transfer heat more readily than timber. This is most evident if you select an Ekodeck colour which is darker than traditional timbers used in decks as any darker colour will have a tendency to absorb more heat.
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Bamboo decking is a beautiful alternative giving you a point of difference and a material which absorbs less heat than most composite decks.
Ultimately you need to consider the specific composition of the decking board you're looking at. Dense hardwoods will take longer to heat up but will get to a higher temperature. Composite decks have varying compositions of plastic and timber fibres. And within that, there are varying types of plastics, some of which cause the higher temperatures and the longer retention of that heat, however some reduce these extremes.
I agree @tremas
This is the main reason that when you look at the installation instructions for composite products they recommend quite substantial expansion gaps.
I've also used HardieDeck. Quite like it but it too gets seriously hot even when painted a light colour.