Softwood Decking Vs. Composite Decking

Creating a decking area is a great way to improve areas outside, one of the first questions you will need to ask yourself is which material should you use softwood or Ecodek composite material?  Ecodek lasts longer than the traditional timber decking boards and as a UK manufacturer Ecodek can produce decking boards to suit your needs.

There are many benefits using Ecodek instead of the softwood decking boards. Below are just a few benefits of using Ecodek.

1.Simple to install

Most DIY stores supply softwood decking that can be difficult to install. Softwood decking installations can be time consuming, include a large amount of waste and require specialist skill and tools. Since Ecodek decking boards are made from wood polymer composite  a mixture of recycled milk bottle cartons and FSC® approved wood, Ecodek is one of the few decking materials around that is easy to fit (just follow our quick installation guide), Ecodek also provides stainless steel screws with matching colour heads therefore visibility is minimal but your installation is simple

2. Low Maintenance

Softwood decking looks fantastic when you first fit it but after just a few months you will need to do some cleaning and spending to keep it that way! Ecodek’s composite decking material option is the complete opposite. Ecodek decking boards will not require sanding, oiling or painting. With Ecodek all you need to do is keep the deck clear of debris with a regular brush and the occasional jet wash.

3.  Environmentally Friendly
Softwood decking is normally sourced from forests that are quickly disappearing.  Ecodek is made up of 95% recycled materials. It is created from a mixture of wood flour and polymer. The wood flour is FSC® approved and is sourced from sustainable and well managed forests; the polymer is from recycled milk bottle cartons. Ecodek also has the added advantage of being 100% recyclable meaning nothing is wasted in the landfills.

4.  A Safer Option
A feature of softwood decking is the regular occurrence of boards splintering or cracking.  They can also become very slippery when wet; Ecodek decking boards do not splinter or crack and has a low potential to slip. To increase the slip resistance further, Ecodek boards can have inserts added in to them during the manufacturing process.  These have been very successful for ramps and walkways making Ecodek one of the safest choices around.