There are always pros and cons to the products you buy when working on your home and garden, and when it comes to the decking you choose, this is also the case. With composite decking becoming more and more popular, we read an article on uk-timber.co.uk about the main benefits of composite decking which you may find interesting…
Composite decking is sometimes referred to as plastic decking, yet a more accurate description is wood plastic composite (WPC) because its structure combines plastic and wood. The plastic content gives the boards a very long lifespan without the need to treat or seal the decking, while small wood fibres are encased in plastic – so it won’t splinter and you still get the feel of real wood. This clever combination is, therefore, a long-lasting solution that will not warp, splinter or rot.
There is a range of modern colours and finishes to choose from, so creating a sleek outdoor space that’s in line with the many cutting-edge designs on Pinterest and in garden magazines is easily achievable. It’s ideal for all sorts of gardens and outdoor spaces, so whether you need a smart-looking surface to surround your hot tub, require pretty planter boxes or pathways, you’re guaranteed contemporary styling.
It wouldn’t be accurate to say that composite decking is a cheap option; however, when you balance the initial investment with the cost of ongoing maintenance, you do get excellent value for money. Natural woods are often more expensive due to their (usually limited) supply. With a traditional deck, the money you have to fork out on staining and replacement expenses can be high. With this in mind, a composite deck can pay for itself in just a matter of years.
Composite decking is incredibly safe. Not only is it splinter-free, it’s also slip-resistant, meaning it’s an ideal surface to surrounding hot tubs and swimming pools. It’s no secret that traditional timber can become slippery, yet composite decking also frequently includes added protection, making it resistant to mould and algae – so it requires no additional chemicals to keep it looking fresh.
It’s also important to touch on the many improvements made in recent years. For example, one drawback with some of the first types of composite decking concerned the finish. The boards faded or lightened over time. Today most new products include stabilisers to maintain a great look without fading due to sun exposure. Composite decking can also be sustainable, with many modern designs manufactured using recycled timber and plastic polymer.
You can read the full article on uk-timber.co.uk
The team at Bernie’s Gardening Services can design and install composite decking to complement your home and garden and really improve the look of your outside space. Have the benefits of composite decking made you consider it for your garden? Why not contact us today for a quote?