Latitudes: Superior, Proven Technology
What is Composite Decking?
In general, composite decking is manufactured from wood fiber and plastic to form a plank that requires less maintenance and typically has a longer lifespan than natural wood decking.
Composite decking is made from one of several polymers-polyethylene (low-density or high-density), polyvinyl chloride and polypropylene-plus wood flour and additives that stabilize the plastic and protect it from damaging UV rays.
One major reason composite decking is low maintenance; It does not take in or give off moisture, so it does not shrink or swell like wood. As a result, composite decking does not crack, warp or separate due to varying weather cycles. Composite decking resists insects, does not need water repellant or stain and can hold up to extreme weather conditions for decades. In addition, builders like to use composite decking because it cuts and installs like real wood.
What makes Latitudes composite decking and railing special is the Strandex technology it employs. Like individual strands of a rope make the rope stronger, Strandex technology makes Latitudes decking and railing stronger. Strandex technology offers superior protection against UV degradation and water absorption, because every “strand” of wood fiber is encased in high-density polyethylene. Latitudes uses Strandex inside, so you can be assured that you're getting the highest, most consistent quality and strongest composite product available in the industry.
- Through 2008, almost 100,000 miles of Strandex fortified deck board has been produced-enough to circle the earth more than 3.5 times.
- Strandex Corporation has been dedicated to composite technology development for more than 16 years-and their staff has 195 years of combined experience in extrusion and composites.
- Strandex has been working for 9 years on new composite developments with Washington State University's Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory in Pullman, Washington.
- Strandex has also been working with the Office of Naval Research for 9 years on composite materials for waterfront facilities.
- The Strandex patented process technology means consistent quality. Decking and railing using Strandex technology have a proven record for strength, durability and low maintenance. Decking using Strandex technology was recently awarded “Best Buy” status by a leading consumer magazine.
Latitudes (Composite Decking Types)
Latitudes® Slotted Decking
Latitudes® slotted decking features the Equator® Hidden Fastener, which eliminates pre-drilling and automatically spaces the composite deck boards with the proper gap, making installation quick and easy. Slotted composite decking from Latitudes is barefoot friendly, slip-resistant and reversible, with a brushed finish on one side and a woodgrain look on the other. Choose from four classic wood-tone colors-gray, cedar, redwood and walnut, or two rich tropical colors, adobe and koa-in 12-, 16 and 20-foot lengths.
Latitudes® Solid Decking
Latitudes® solid decking is reversible, with an embossed woodgrain finish on one side and a brushed finish on the other. Latitudes solid composite decking is available in four classic wood-tone colors-gray, cedar, redwood and walnut, and two rich tropical colors, adobe and koa. Latitudes solid decking is available in 12-, 16-, and 20-foot lengths.
Imagine a splinter-free world with lasting color. Bring your imagination to life with Latitudes composite decking and railing.