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If you’re thinking about hardwood decking boards, then what a great choice! Compared to the mass-produced, softwood boards you get in your DIY superstore, they’re a lot better quality and come in those gorgeous tropical hardwood colours too.

But before you make your mind up and buy hardwood decking boards, have a look at our decking products – you might have second thoughts about what sort of decking you choose.

While hardwood decking boards look great, they do come with their problems. After their first season of looking all new and shiny, you’ll have to spend time the following year sanding and staining them. They can get really slippery and hazardous in the wet weather, and let’s not mention the environmental impact of cutting down all those trees.

So have a look at TimberTech – our products are greener and cleaner, and make all kinds of sense. Our Earthwood Evolutions range come in tropical hardwood shades like teak, walnut and rosewood, so you’ll get the effect of hardwood decking boards but without the maintenance or the environmental impact. Have a look at this article for the full story on TimberTech vs hardwood decking boards.

Are you a fan of ITV's Alan Titchmarsh Show Love Your Garden? Well the team at TimberTech have been glued to their TV sets over the past five weeks as Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and the rest of the Love Your Garden team have transformed the gardens of truly deserving people into practical, modern outdoor living spaces.


Did you see last night's episode? Episode 5 of Love Your Garden which aired at 8pm last night on ITV was of particular of interest to us here at TimberTech. Alan Titchmarsh and the team helped to transform the unruly garden at the new home of recent ex-serviceman Ian Costello. Having recently been invalided out from the army Ian has moved to new living accommodation in Norwich, and whilst the interior of the bungalow is ideal for him and his family, the garden was very overgrown and unruly.

In stepped Alan and the Love Your Garden team to create the ultimate outdoor living space for Ian and his family - incorporating an open sided outdoor cabin with a fantastic dining table with built-in BBQ, a hot tub, as well as a separate children's play area, incorporating a Wendy house, play area and a vegetable plot. All of these new features in Ian's new garden looked amazing, but what was even more striking was the way all of these new features were intertwined with the inclusion of a wide expanse of composite decking.

The inclusion of the grey composite deck really helped to pull together all aspects of the Costello's new garden. The integration of this multi-levelled composite deck meant that the garden could be used for a variety of applications - the low maintenance composite decking was ideal on a wide expanse for lounge furniture, as well as being ideal for smaller areas such as for paths. It was also ideal for creating multiple levels in connecting the raised deck to the lower deck steps. Lastly it was used very cleverly around the Hot Tub area, and being slip-resistant means that it's safe for the entire family.

Composite decking really is a versatile form of outdoor flooring, and what's more as presenter David Domoney pointed out in last night's Love Your Garden show; unlike softwood which is high maintenance and will rot; and unlike hardwood decking, which still requires maintenance, composite decking is virtually maintenance free, and long -lasting! It is however important to understand that as with softwood and hardwood decks, composite decking comes in varying grades. Quality may vary, and whilst some boards are hollow, some are also solid and therefore provide improved strength and long lasting performance. TimerTech composite deck boards are solid in profile, and as with the decking featured by David Domoney last night, TimberTech's most popular ranges can be fixed using a secret fixing system. Furthermore, TimberTech composite decking is guaranteed for 25 years.

So why not order your FREE sample pack and brochure today to feel the difference.

Penarth brand TimberTech celebrates further growth with opening of stunning new Cardiff showroom

Penarth outdoor living brand TimberTech, the UK’s leading suppliers of low maintenance, wood composite deck boards and is celebrating another successful year in business with the opening of a stunning new showroom in the heart of Cardiff.

The 200 square metre showroom and premises on Hadfield Road marks an exciting new chapter for the firm, which has been based in Penarth since 2007.  During the last 12 months, TimberTech has witnessed significant growth, bucking current economic trends.  The company’s success lies in its luxurious and revolutionary decking solutions, which has already been chosen by a wealth of prestigious homeowners and businesses across the UK, as well as key specifiers such as architects and landscape designers.

For the first time, visitors to the new outdoor living centre will be able to view and purchase the company’s full range of composite deckingMade from reclaimed wood fibres and polymer resins, TimberTech’s revolutionary deck boards also offer a slip-resistant alternative to wood decking that never warps or splinters; replicating the desirable look and feel of wood whilst maintaining a high quality, eye-catching finish year after year.

Jason Cole, director of the company said: “We are extremely excited about our new showroom, particularly as it gives us even more opportunity to meet our customers within a retail environment – something we haven’t been able to do previously.  Until now, our customers have largely only been able to find out about our product via our website ( or by receiving one of our sample pack through the post.  Now, however, they will have the chance to get up close and see our entire product range, experiencing the full breadth of our offering for themselves. 

“The move to our new premises in Cardiff marks an exciting chapter, particularly relating to future growth of our business.  The opportunity to meet even more customers face to face in a retail environment will undoubtedly provide a platform to boost sales”.   

Jason Cole added: “We hope that anyone looking to transform their garden space will be sure to visit our new showroom, as we have no doubt that they will find a wealth of design inspiration.  Added to this, they’ll also be able to take full advantage of our complementary, bespoke 3D design service, perfect for visualising how our decking can be used to transform any outdoor space.”

When we revamped our website recently, we listened to what our customers had to say. You told us that you’d like to see more examples of our products in action, to give you decking design ideas and inspire you to think differently about your outdoor space.

So we added a shiny new galleries section, where you can browse hundreds of decking design ideas, searching our products by colour or range. From seaside balconies to suburban semis, whatever type of home you live in, our galleries will give you lots of decking design ideas.

So have a browse and pick some decking design ideas for your own deck. You might have fancied a basic brown timber deck, but when you see what our customers have created from our products, you might just change your mind. And if you’ve got decking design ideas overload, don’t forget that we can give you a little expert advice to help you decide on a design – have a look at our desk designer and 3D deck design service if you need a helping hand.

Case study:  Wild Swans Production – The Young Vic Theatre London

TimberTech decking has transformed all kinds of spaces from the gardens of luxury homes to beachside balconies and even lifeboat stations.

But for the past three months it took to the London stage after set builder Simon Heap spotted the quality wood composite decking as an ideal solution to the challenges he faced creating the set for a production of Wild Swans at the Young Vic Theatre.

He needed something strong and durable that could withstand everything the show’s demands threw at it but still looked good and in-keeping with other parts of the show.

Not only did the TimberTech boards have to endure a cast of more than 20 actors’ feet for eight shows a week over three months, the boards were covered in dirt, scraped clean and swept then completely flooded for each and every performance.

Because of these demands, Simon, who runs Made 100 exhibition services, was set the challenge to come up with a design and build solution.

He ordered TimberTech’s high quality VertiGrain Grey boards to cover the 113m x 4.8m area.

“This stage was going to get completely flooded every single night as it had to emulate a paddy field for part of the performance,” he said.

“Because of this and all of the other demands and abuse a set has to withstand, it had to be heavy, substantial and durable and TimberTech ticked all the boxes.

“Its design meant it could withstand the water and would not warp but also looked like traditional floorboards for other scenes in Wild Swans. It needed to stand up to the challenge - which it did, so we were more than happy with the product and its performance!”

TimberTech is made from a unique mix of wood and polymer, and looks just like traditional timber decking, but with virtually no maintenance – just regular sweeping and an occasional power wash will keep it looking as good as the day it was installed.

It is also weather-resistant, so won’t stain, warp or fade like standard wood decking – TimberTech even offers a 25 year residential warranty on all of its decking products.

The decking is easy to install with a fixing-free finish, and is a greener option too – not only do you eliminate chemical wood preservers and staining products, the boards are made from excess wood from the furniture industry ensuring eco-friendly, long-lasting decking which doesn’t cost the earth.

If you would like to use TimberTech to create the perfect space, whether for your home or a more unusual project, click here to order a free sample, or call our sales  team on 029 2037 1584 for a full consultation. 

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