We’re frequently asked what are the benefits of composite decking and why should I invest in composite decking over timber? We may be biased, but we believe by choosing composite decking you’ll benefit in a variety of ways. This blog covers just a few of those benefits that we think will persuade you to choose composite decking for your next project.
Composite decking vs wood decking
Timber has always been the traditional material of choice when it comes to creating decking. Whilst real wood can look beautiful, it takes time and dedication to keep it looking that way. Timber decking requires regular treatments to protect it from the elements. If neglected it can rot, warp, and splinter making it not only unsightly, but also unsafe.
Also, although wooden decking may seem the most environmentally-friendly choice, most timber is imported and so has travelled miles across the world to reach your project. The wood may also have come from unsustainable forestry sources.
Composite decking can perfectly emulate the look of timber, but without the drawbacks. Here’s a number of benefits to installing composite decking that you may not have thought of.
Advantages of composite decking
Composite decking is designed to live an extremely long life and, unlike traditional timber deck boards, it will not crack, split, or warp. By combining the strength of plastic with the look and feel of wood, composite deck boards are much more durable than timber. Composite decking can withstand the diverse range of elements we experience throughout the year, whilst still maintaining both its stunning looks and robust structure.
Ecodek by its very nature is a champion of sustainability and we are committed to ensuring our products not only look the part but are also good for the environment. An environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional timber, Ecodek’s composite decking boards are made from 90-95% recycled and sustainably-sourced raw materials, that are 100% recyclable. By choosing the eco-friendly composite alternative to timber you’ll be minimising the environmental impact of your decking project.
3. Low maintenance
As well as being extremely durable, composite decking boards require very little maintenance to keep up their original, luxurious appearance. Whereas traditional timber decking needs sanding, sealing, and staining on a regular basis, composite decking only requires an occasional sweep to remove debris and a thorough clean every 6 months to prevent the build-up of mould or dirt.
4. Design and aesthetics
Composite decking is crafted to provide you with all the natural beauty of a wooden decking, without any of the hassle.
Our composite decking comes in a variety of designs and colours to provide you with flexible options when designing your outdoor space. Composite decking can be styled in a variety of ways, by matching or contrasting it to your home, adding a picture frame effect, or creating patterns with multi-tonal colour options.
5. Value for money
Although the initial cost of composite decking can be higher than your traditional timber decking, when the savings on maintenance and replacement boards are factored in, composite decking can very quickly end up paying for itself. Further to this, the strength and durability of composite decking leads to a longer lifespan than would be expected from timber.
If you’d like to know more about the many benefits of composite decking and what it can offer you and your project, call our expert team today on 01978 667 840.