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Who said you had to stick to one colour of decking boards? We certainly didn’t. In fact, one of our favourite things is when a customer comes to us with an idea on how to combine two of our composite decking colours for a mixed decking design. We’re in love with all the mixed decking designs we’ve done so why not explore the option yourself? It’s sure to add an extra flair to your outdoor space! 

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What is Mixed Decking?

Mixed decking is simply combining decking in two different colours to create a specific design. This can range from trimming the edges in a different wood colour or more intricate ideas such as diamonds, dramatic stripes or whatever you can think of! Our team of decking experts are here to bring to your decking vision to life so why not have fun and experiment?

Can I Mix Any Decking?

In theory, you can mix whatever colours you’d like to create your mixed decking design. Most of our ranges come in at least two colours so it’s easy to find a colour combination you’ll love. This mix and match approach can provide striking designs in every garden. You’ll love the unique and modern aesthetic TimberTech composite decking can bring to your outdoor space. 

What Design Should I Use?

Your design choice is yours to make. Common designs include using a different colour of composite decking around the outside in a style known as ‘picture-framing’. Other’s have “drawn” squares into their decking using a contrasting colour. Despite its dramatic effect, it’s a very versatile way of creating more visual interest in your garden. If you’re stuck for inspiration, have a look below at our gallery for mixed decking designs using our composite decking boards.

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If you’d like a free sample of our composite decking click here to get two free decking samples delivered straight to your door. Alternatively, you can visit our showrooms in St Albans or Cardiff to see our composite decking in action!

Is Composite Decking Fireproof?

For those of you who are looking to add a new deck to your property, the chances of wanting a decking material that can stand up to elements are high. I mean, who wants deck that is going to fall apart at the first sign of a storm, right? Right. So, knowing whether or not your deck can withstand the challenges that Mother Nature brings is sure to be a huge selling point. One of the many questions that you may ask in that regard when looking to add a composite deck to your property is whether composite decking is fireproof, or at least fire-resistant, especially if you live in a climate where situations involving fires such as bushfires are a common possibility. Here, we explain how decking materials are tested and rated and whether or not composite decking is in fact fireproof.

Deck Fire Ratings

Since regulations surrounding fire and building materials were introduced, an increased amount of deck materials have improved to meet the required standard. The majority of composite decking manufacturers, like us here at TimberTechUK, fire test products so that a flame spread index rating can be assigned to them. This rating indicates how a material acts when it is burned and can be grouped into the following five classes:

  1. Class A flame spread rating 0-25
  2. Class B flame spread rating 26-75
  3. Class C flame spread rating 76-200
  4. Class D flame spread rating 201-500
  5. Class E flame spread rating over 500

0 being the best rating and 500+ being the worst. Composite materials are generally high in plastic which possess a high heat release rate, meaning the intensity of the heat it gives off is increased and more likely to ignite. In order to reduce this, composite decking manufacturers add fire retardants to the inner decking materials. Here at TimberTech, our collection of composite decking boards not only look stunning but are manufactured with the highest quality of composite materials, which undergo stringent tests to determine their effectiveness when exposed to fire. As a result, our composite deck boards have received a Class A Flame Spread Index rating, the best rating available. Making our composite decking extremely fire-resistant.

All-Weather Resistant

In addition to being fire-resistant, TimberTech’s range of composite decking is extremely resistant to other types of weather conditions, including rain, frost and wind. This makes our decking products an ideal choice for an outdoor living space no matter where you live or the climates you face. Through the combination of real wood flour and polymer resin, we create quality boards that are robust and long-lasting. Our capped boards even come with a protective sleeve to ensure additional security to the composite core. You can learn more about our long-life deck boards below!

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For more information on our range of fire-resistant composite decking, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the TimberTechUK team today!

It's time we introduced a few new products into the TimberTech mix, and we're sure that these new composite decking ranges won't disappoint. Today, we're taking a look at two gorgeous new ranges, Edge+ and Reserve. Both ranges boast all the exceptional characteristics of TimberTech composite decking and will look great in any outdoor space. Let's take a closer look...

EasyClean Reserve Composite Decking

If you're looking for decking with a truly appealing aesthetic design, you'll love the new EasyClean Reserve range! This range offers a selection of sumptuous colours, robust materials and a unique matte finish that works wonderfully wherever it's installed.

The Reserve range comes in three colours, Storm Grey, Driftwood & Dark Roast (shown above). Don't worry, the matte finish and rich colours won't fade over time, Reserve boards are capped on three sides to preserve the integrity of the boards, plus you'll have fade and stain cover! Here are a few other key features:

  • 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover
  • Can be installed using CONCEALoc Hidden Fasteners
  • Realistic antique brushed texture

EasyClean Edge+ Composite Decking

This stunning new addition to the EasyClean range is sure to get you feeling inspired. Edge+ is a contemporary take on composite decking that boasts a duo-tone effect and a realistic straight wood-grain.

We think Edge+ boards would fit perfectly into both traditional or modern garden, and with two different shades to choose from, you're sure to find something that suits you. Edge+ Sea Salt Grey decking (shown above), is sure to bring a cosy feel to your garden, while Edge+ Oak offers a more traditional feel. Here are a few other key features:

  • Capped on three sides with a durable polymer sleeve
  • Available in grooved or ungrooved profiles
  • 25-year warranty including fade and stain cover

 

If either of these new EasyClean ranges takes your fancy, why not order a sample? You can order two different decking samples so you can compare and find the perfect shade for you. Alternatively, if you'd like to see the other types of decking we offer, click here to visit our homepage and view the full range

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TimberTech composite decking is made through a mixture of natural hardwood powder and synthetic thermoplastics. In an attempt to make our manufacturing processes as sustainable as possible, the hardwood powder that we use consists of recycled fibre fillers and sawdust, with reclaimed wood that would otherwise go into landfills being used as a key component. In addition to these, we also include other ingredients such as lubricants, foaming agent and colouring that ensure the finished composite decking materials not only looks the part but is able to last for years to come!

After the hardwood powder, synthetic materials and additional ingredients are mixed together, they are then put through a mould, also known as ‘extruded’ into the desired shape. In order to create a natural and organic wood look, various techniques and processes are implemented. The two types of composite decking boards that we supply here at TimberTech are capped and uncapped which go through different manufacturing processes. The capped layer which provides extra protection to the boards is fully bonded to the substrate to prevent delamination.

The first process is called ‘extrusion’, which we have talked about above. The second process is ‘compression moulding’, where the combination of materials are placed on a wood grain mould and then compressed under extreme heat and pressure, resulting in a physical bond.

Composite deck boards can be created in a variety of shapes and styles; including grooved, ungrooved, solid and hollow. All of which are created through either one of the above processes. The shape of the finished boards is significant as these will determine the cost and the methods of installation. Hollow boards are often more budget-friendly than solid boards due to the decreased amount of materials needed and grooved boards are able to be installed without having deck screws drilled into the body, with hidden fasteners placed on either side and drilled into the supporting frame.

Why choose composite decking?

The end result is a beautiful-looking decking board that is stronger, lasts longer and offers incredible low-maintenance properties. The plastic components used in the creation process is what provides these low-maintenance qualities that will save you huge amounts of both time and money over the lifespan of your deck. Traditional timber decks require regular staining, cleaning and sometimes painting in order to look good, but not TimberTech’s composite decking. Our collection of composite deck boards come in a range of fantastic warranties, up to 30 years. Meaning you won’t have to replace for deck for three whole decades – amazing!

The processes used to make our composite decking board allows the use of recycled materials without compromising on quality. The fully protected capped boards ensure high resistance to fades, stains, scratches and abrasions so you can rest assured that your deck will look gorgeous for years to come, no matter the environment it’s in. You can browse and compare our entire collection of deck boards below!

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For more information on our range of composite decking or how our deck board are made, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the TimberTech team today. Don’t forget, you can order a FREE sample of our composite decking to see its beauty see it up-close for yourself

While gardening, in general, may seem like the most accessible route to a greener home, how you design your outdoor space can have a notable effect on how eco-friendly it is.

From the use of chemical-pesticides to removing precious trees, certain actions within the garden landscape can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment around you.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can counteract this and make your garden the ultimate scene for going green.

 

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Greendependence

When it comes to giving back to their environment, self-sufficiency is the perfect way to save energy and resources while saving the planet at the same time. Here are a few ways you can make the most of what you have at your disposal and take one step closer to garden independence.

 

Upcycle Old Goods

One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to reuse what you already have. Luckily, when it comes to the garden, there are a wide variety of ways to make the most of what you’ve already got and repurpose your old goods with a new lease of life.

With a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease, older items that are past their prime can be completely revitalised by gaining permanent residence in your garden. Turning an old chair or table into garden furniture is an easy transition and can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of items can be repurposed as garden planters, from wheelbarrows and metal washtubs to chandeliers and birdcages – the list is limited only to the confines of your creativity. Even an old tyre can make an effective planter!

 

Water Collection

As far as recycling goes, water collection is a great place to start. It’s simple, requires very little effort and your source material literally falls from the sky. All you have to do is disperse it when needed!

If you are an avid gardener, watering your plants is a chore you will already be familiar with. On the other hand, if you are new to the gardening game and looking to dip your toe in the water, it helps if that water is already there waiting.

Collecting water saves on tap water and makes for the perfect way to water your new upcycled garden planters. Water butt kits can be found at any good hardware store, while a variety can also be found online.

 

Grow a Pear

What better way to take a give back to the environment and gain a great sense of achievement at the same time than by planting your own fruit and veg in your own garden?

Growing your own fruit and veg not only reduces your impact on the environment but, from an economic standpoint, it’s considerably cheaper too.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of eco-friendly benefits to growing your own food too. With zero transportation and potentially no pesticide use involved, your garden could well be the perfect place to turn your kitchen green.

 

Eco-Friendly Decking

When it comes to eco-friendly garden ideas, composite decking is an environmentally-friendly option that not only looks good but does good too. At TimberTech, we go the extra mile to make sure your composite decking is as green as can be.

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Made from a unique blend of recycled hardwood and pure polymer resins, our deck boards fit the eco-friendly edict of reuse and repurpose in the pursuit of waste reduction.

Unlike traditional wood decking products, no trees are felled in the production of our composite deck boards and all of our wood materials come from reclaimed wood.

Meanwhile, 50% of the polymer used is also the result of recycling, creating an end-product that boasts a composition that’s made up of 73% recycled materials in total.

 

Long-Term Investment

The durable qualities of our composite decking products make them a one-time purchase for many homeowners, further benefitting the environment by negating the need for additional decking in the foreseeable future.

What’s more, TimberTech composite decking requires no painting, sealing or staining throughout its lifecycle making the use of harmful chemicals completely unnecessary, further contributing to the environment.

 

Sustainably-Sourced

Our end goal is to ultimately make TimberTech products from 95% recycled materials and, we’re pleased to say that this isn’t too far off.

A number of our newest additions scheduled for release this year are made from 100% recycled resin, comprising of items that once served as shampoo bottles, milk jugs and plastic wrap.

Meanwhile, our manufacturing process has also been given the eco-friendly treatment as well, with 99% of the waste material being reclaimed for reuse.

Even the packaging we use to house our products is made from recycled materials and is itself 100% recyclable.

 

So, there you have it: a few eco-friendly garden ideas to help you contribute to a healthier planet today. For more information on eco-friendly garden ideas or to find out more about sustainable composite decking from TimberTech, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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