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Comparison decking materials

 Bamboo X-treme®Hardwood, IpeSoftwood, impregnated pine
ColourDark brownBrownLight brown / beige
LooksA lasting natural lookA lasting natural lookA lasting natural look, but mold can occur fast
Hardness (Brinell)≥ 9.5 kg/mm² (EN 1534)5.8 kg/mm²1.5 kg/mm²
StabilityExtremely stableMost species stable, but depending on the quality deformation can occurCan undergo severe shrinking, swelling, deformation, warping, and splitting
Durability Class (EN350) Durability Class 1 (expected lifetime 25 years)Durability Class 1 (expected lifetime 25 years)Durability Class 4 (expected lifetime 5-10 years)
Biological Use ClassUse Class 4Use Class 3-4Use Class 2-4
Density1150 kg/m³1050 kg/m³400-600 kg/m³
Warranty25 yearUsually 1 - 20 yearUsually 1 year
Fire ClassFire Class Bfl-s1 following EN 13501-1 and Class A following US standard ASTM E84, without fire retardantFire Class Cfl-s1 or Bfl-s1 following EN 13501-1 and Class A or B following US standard ASTM E84, usually without fire retardantUsually Fire Class Dfl-s1 (EN 13501-1), extra treatment / impregnation needed to reach Fire Class Bfl-s1
ResourceAbundantly available and renewable, stems harvested after 4-5 years50 - >100 years, avoid illegal loggingAbundantly, tree harvested after 25-30 years
SustainabilityStores 1.662 kg CO2 per m³, which is more than the energy used during productionStores 1.634 kg CO2 per m³Stores 793 kg of CO2 per m³
InstallationFast with clips, or screwed down, relatively little amount of sub structure material needed thanks to the high stability and strengthScrewed down or exclusive woods fast with clips + relatively little amount of sub structure material needed thanks to the high stability and strengthScrewed down + relatively high amount of sub structure material due to stability
BrittlenessHardly brittleNot brittleNot brittle
WeatheringEven and naturalEven and naturalEven and natural, splitting can be visible
MaintenanceCleaning and or oilingCleaning and or oilingSanding, cleaning and oiling
Costs per m² in €*10080-15030
 BambooSolid WPC (A-brand)Hollow WPCBPC (Bamboo Plastic Composite)
Contents90% bamboo strips and binding resinDepending on range, 40-95% wood fibers and plasticDepending on range, 40-95% wood fibers and plastic around hollow chambers40-65% bamboo fibers, plastics
HardnessBrinellBrinellBrinellBrinell?
Will stay flatYesHighly depending on the qualityCan warp and bendHighly depending on the quality
InstallationInvisible, with fastenersInvisible, with fastenersInvisible, with fastenersInvisible, with fasteners
Space beteen boards5 mm on lenght side, no space on the ends5 mm all sidesMin. 5 mm all sidesMin. 5 mm all sides
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