A lot can be said about the way our low maintenance composite decking performs, and in particular, the way it stands up to the elements. This pleasing property not only makes for a low maintenance composite material, but it also ensures your deck will carry on looking sumptuous years down the line.
Now the usual routine would be to list the many advantages of TimberTech, and explain how it stands up so well to weathering, warping, and general wear and tear. Instead though, we thought we’d talk about the competition, as they don’t quite cut the mustard like our low maintenance composite boards do.
Softwood is a popular choice among homeowners, and once freshly laid it looks strong, stout, and sturdy. The problem is longevity – if it is not going to stay looking this good, then why set yourself up for inevitable disappointment? Softwood decking absorbs water and this will be the root of its eventual decay. Long periods of moisture will eventually lead to mould and mildew build-up, and the deck itself will soon suffer from splits and splinters. It may look good to start with but softwood decking – even with regular maintenance – has the shortest lifespan.
Hardwood decks may fare a little better than their softwood counterparts, but only if you put the time in. Regular staining, sealing, and oiling are required to keep the decks impermeable, though they still will splinter and split. There is also an ecological concern as most hardwoods come from the very tropical forests we’re trying to protect!
While the other two suffer from water damage, you may think plastic decking will help you lead a maintenance-free life. This is not quite the case, as PVC decking is highly susceptible to cracking and bowing, which can cause major problems. Plastic decking can also get extremely slippery when it’s wet, and while the wooden decks have a luxurious look to them, plastic decking can look, well… a bit plastic.
As you can see, all of these decks have their positives and pitfalls; none of them, though, can boast being completely maintenance-free. Our low maintenance composite boards, on the other hand, look as good as the wooden decking, and let in as little moisture as the plastic – and as if that wasn’t enough already, we also offer a 25 year residential warranty, so you know we’re not kidding around.