Composite decking is rapidly becoming the main alternative to a timber deck, making waves in the world of garden design. As a human-made product, composite decking is constructed of wood, fibres, plastics and a small number of bonding agents.
Composite decking, also known as wood-plastic composite (or WPC), delivers excellent strength and it is less susceptible to deterioration than a traditional wood decking. Below we’ve detailed 5 of the top reasons why more people are investing in this modern material for their outdoor areas.
Innovative technology makes way for outstanding performance
With a high-quality composite deck, you can finally say goodbye to weathering, warping and splintering. It’s also insect-proof, requiring very little maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition. If you are looking for a reliable material that will stand the test of time, composite can deliver the goods.
A smart, minimal and clean appearance
Composite decking is available in a wide range of finishes, yet they all tend to carry a certain modern and minimal feel because there is no use of nails and screws. Even if you want to have the look of traditional timber or exotic hardwood, it’s easy to find a finish that suits your needs, complementing your garden or outdoor living space. That said, not all composite decks offer a high-end finish, and some can look cheap compared to natural timber, so when shopping online, we would always recommend you order a sample to see if the material is right for your outdoor space.
Adds value yet saves money on maintenance
A correctly fitted composite deck can add value to a home, making it a wise investment, yet you can relax knowing there is not a great deal of maintenance needed. That said, it’s still best to clean and seal a composite deck every few years, and as is the case with any natural product, the more TLC you give it, the longer it is likely to last.
What are the downsides?
As discussed, finishes are much better and they can be rather realistic. That said, no matter how much effort and pioneering technology is used to make composite look like wood, it will never carry the same appearance, character and charm of real wood. It’s also worth keeping in mind that colours are permanent. Timber decking can be sanded and refinished many times, but with a composite deck, the colour, tint or shade cannot be refreshed, whilst composite decking doesn’t accrue character with age like solid oak.
To buy or not to buy?
With all decking materials, you can find high-quality products, satisfactory and poor quality, so it’s always best to start your search by cherry-picking reputable companies and to explore their product collections. You can then begin to weigh up the features that appeal to you, but we’d always recommend you start your search by considering both timber and composite decking. At UK Timber, we supply a wide range of decking boards and tiles in different styles and finishes, and you can explore our collection here. If you need any further advice or information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.