A North American influence
A study trip to Canada and the USA in 1993 was the trigger. Nicolas TANT, then a young graduate engineer from the École Supérieure du Bois de Paris, discovered a new way of life around “decks” which would find resonance 15 years later. At the beginning of the 2000s, the garden becomes in Europe a new living room, but also a space for relaxation and conviviality. Wooden terraces are experiencing an unprecedented boom. During this new fever, at the end of the 90s, composite wood makes its appearance in the USA to offer an interesting alternative to wood. It offers a better durability and above all simplicity of maintenance. Wood is a warm, unique and authentic material, but it requires regular maintenance. Except for exotic woods, its lifespan is limited. The first composite woods are mono-extruded. It is a mixture of plastic and wood that revolutionized the decking market. Formulations are improving to ensure better durability.