What is composite decking?

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Although timber decking is still the most commonly used product in the UK, composite decking is beginning to become more and more popular, especially with the products looking more and more like timber itself.

But what is composite decking?

Composite Decking is a man made product, from a mix of wood fibres, recycled plastics and a small amount of bonding agents, in most cases these boards are still fixed to a secure tanalised framework.
There are hundreds of different composite decking boards available from many different suppliers, ranging in cost from £5-£25 per linear meter, making this a more or much more expensive choice than tanalised timber deck boards.
But what are the benefits from using composite decking boards?
The main advantages of using composite decking rather than timber decking are, the composite deck board needs far less maintenance than timber, they are more durable, resistant to rot and insect attack, they are splinter free and wont warp, split or crack, there is no need for staining or painting.
On top of this, they have minimal water absorption making them highly slip resistant and most suppliers offer a 20 year plus guarantee on them.
The cost of your chosen board will be dependent on 3 things, firstly the supplier, secondly hollow board or solid board and thirdly capped or uncapped.
The suppliers have a range of different composite boards which vary in cost subject to width, colour and popularity.
The hollow board is slightly cheaper than the solid board but is designed to use secret fixings (no screws visible) The solid boards screws are normally coloured to blend in.
An uncapped board although still resistant and hardwearing can be subject to staining and fading when exposed to the environment.
The capped board has an exterior plastic coating which is highly resistant against fading and staining, its easily cleaned and keeps its colour when exposed to the environment, however there is an extra cost for this.