When it comes to our decking preferences traditional timber has always proved a fan favourite. The obvious benefits are, of course, that it is relatively low-cost to purchase, easy to install in most situations and beautiful to look at. Timber also proves a long-term solution with the right care and maintenance – meaning you can enjoy a lovely outdoor space for years to come!
However, as is with everything, many people are searching for the newest, more-advanced alternative. We want to transform our gardens, balconies and poolside spaces and enjoy further benefits, greater longevity and forgo the disadvantages of traditional wood decking – and this is exactly what composite decking provides.
Of course, it is always difficult to change the things we’ve become used to – especially if we have no first-hand experience with the suggested alternative. So, in this article, we’ll explore the key benefits of composite decking so you can make a well-informed and assured decision as to what decking option best suits your outdoor space.
Sustainability has become a huge topic of interest for everyone – from large businesses to individual consumers – and it’s not hard to understand why. As such, many are looking to source their decking from environmentally-conscious providers that utilise sustainable forests or recycled materials.
If you’re looking to focus on the latter, then composite decking could likely be your long-lasting solution. Whilst the quality of the boards will differ alongside the level of recycled material used in their production, many manufacturers are working to ensure that any negative environmental impact is kept to a minimum.
A major worry for many when installing new decking is safety and an obvious concern surrounding our outside spaces, especially in the UK, is ensuring it is highly resistant to water and wet weather.
With composite decking, this is assured as it is specifically manufactured to lessen slip potential – so whether you’re by the pool or working in the garden with the hose out, you’ll feel safe as can be. Additionally, the material will not absorb water like traditional wood decking so you won’t find yourself dealing with any rot or mould build-up.
Whilst this may not seem a priority to some, it’s important to consider the loved ones who might similarly walk on your decking. If you often have children, elderly or vulnerable people round to your outside space, then having a material that can lessen the chance of an accident will give you the peace of mind you need to relax!
Whilst we’re on the subject of safety, it’s important to consider one key danger in relation to timber or wood decking options: fire. Although the decking is lovely to look at, it may be a cause for concern should you host a BBQ in the summer or a personal fireworks display in the winter. In this case, you may want to opt for a flooring option that offers fire-resistance and composite decking boards are manufactured to do just that. However, it must be noted that some manufacturers are more resistant than others.
Due to its specific blending of timber and plastic, composite decking develops a strong resistance against heat and fire. Of course, whilst resistance is likely your first concern, you’ll also want to ensure that your boards have zero ‘drip’ which is a benefit of some of the higher-quality boards. This essentially means that the boards will not fall-apart, drip or break when exposed to fire, and is vitally important for boards used on balconies or roof terraces.
Although there is a range of decking options on the market, it’s always important to consider durability and the strength of the product. With composite decking, you’ll enjoy flooring that surpasses the strength of traditional timber wood – meaning it will carry higher weights for a longer period and will not splinter or split. Again, if you have loved ones that are a concern when it comes to safety measures, this might be something you’ll want to consider.
As is with everything now, we often look to purchase the very best product with the very least effort involved and our outside decking investments should be no different!
Whilst traditional decking options may fall victim to staining, fading or UV damage, composite decking is engineered to be resistant to all of those things. This means you won’t have to spend hours ensuring your outside space is looking it’s very best as a simple wipe down will have it in top condition!
Composite decking may not be the option you choose, especially if you’re looking to transform your garden on a strict budget, however, it’s important to note the many benefits it can provide. From safety to style, composite decking can provide a beautiful space that lasts for years to come!