If you are installing a new deck in your garden – large or small – why not think about branching away from the traditional timber and into the world of composite decking? Composite decking is beautiful, practical and fast becoming extremely popular. Here’s why. If you’d like to see it for yourself, simply visit your nearest decking
What is Timber Composite Decking?
Simply speaking, timber composite decking is a type of decking that looks exactly like timber without the associated maintenance. The decking is usually made from a combination of recycled plastic, non virgin wood products or wood materials (such as sawdust) and fillers, bonding agents, pigments and stabilisers.
Timber Composite Decking is Low Maintenance
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why people choose timber composite decking is how low maintenance it is. You don’t need to re-seal it or re-paint it like you would timber and you don’t have to worry about it ever rotting or warping. In fact, all you need to do maintenance wise is to keep the deck clean, which involves a simple sweep or wash down.
The Decking Will Always Look Great
Another reason why people choose composite decking over the other alternatives is the fact that it will always stay looking great. With just a minimum amount of care (re cleaning), your deck will look as good in years to come as it does when it is brand new. Composite decking has excellent UV protection so it will not fade over time, and it is also durable, so the surface won’t wear.
Composite decking is available in a wide range of grains and colours to mimic many people species of timber. This means that you can choose a composite decking that most closely matches your favourite timber. For example, you could choose one that looks like Western Red Cedar, like Merbau, like Jarrah, like Blackbutt, or like any one of the other hardwoods or softwoods that are popularly used for decking. Also, each decking board looks absolutely perfect as there are no knots or other “defects” that you would find in real timber. This means that your deck will look nothing short of amazing.
Composite Decking is Environmentally Friendly
Composite decking is also a very environmentally friendly option, due to the fact that many brands are made up almost entirely of recycled materials – recycled plastics and timbers. Using recycled materials reduces the amount that gets put into landfills and the like. You also are not using brand new timbers that require treating with chemicals in order to protect them against moisture, the weather, insects and so forth.