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What Is Composite Decking?

Many people will have a preconceived idea of what a composite material is – made of plastic, unstainable, harmful to the environment and ugly. Here at Ecodek, we want to show you that composite material, especially wood composite decking, is a sustainable, beautiful, and practical alternative to real timber.

What Is Wood Composite?

Wood composite material is a combination of wood fibres, recycled plastics, and bonding agents. These materials are heated together, formed into boards, and then cooled. The result is a high-quality, long-lasting composite board, which has all the beauty of timber but the practicalities of plastic.

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The Many Benefits Of Wood Composite Decking

There are many benefits to wood composite decking that make it the perfect choice for your next decking project.

  • Unlike its timber alternative, wood composite is virtually maintenance free and only needs an occasional clean to keep it looking its best. This means you can spend more time enjoying your decking rather than maintaining it.
  • Wood composite decking is slip resistant and splinter free, making it safe and comfortable underfoot in any weather.
  • Wood composite decking is rot and split resistant, so it keeps its integrity and appearance a lot longer than traditional timber.
  • Composite decking is extremely long lasting and often comes with an extended warranty, for example Ecodek decking is supplied with a 25-year warranty. This is compared to its timber decking equivalent which may last five years – and that’s only with careful maintenance.
  • Wood composite does not require any treatments or paints which may be harmful to the environment.

It is not just decking boards that can be made from wood composite. The frame on which your decked area sits, the substructure, can also be constructed from the same composite material. This means that, unlike a softwood frame which may rot within 5 years, your sub structure will be just as strong and long lasting as your boards and will not fail and compromise the integrity of your beautiful wood composite boards.

Champions Of Sustainability

It may surprise you to hear that wood composite decking can be the most environmentally sound option when choosing decking – and our wood composite decking has been specifically designed to be as green as it is long lasting.

Not only can our wood composite be recycled repeatedly but our boards are manufactured using up to 95 percent recycled and sustainably sourced materials. We also offer a variety of board widths and lengths, as well as a ‘cut to order’ service, which helps to eliminate waste and reduce our environmental impact even further.

We strive to maintain this culture of sustainability throughout our business and have achieved a ‘carbon negative’ status for the production of our composite decking. We are also currently working towards a Zero to Landfill policy.

So if you are looking for a stunning, sustainable, long-lasting, and maintenance free decking solution, wood composite is the answer.

To talk to a member of our team about the Ecodek range of wood composite decking in more detail or for advice on your next landscaping project simply call 01978 667 840 or email enquiries@ecodek.co.uk today.