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We at TimberTech truly believe that composite decking is absolutely the best choice on the market. However, a quick Google search for something like 'composite decking problems' reveals that the internet is full of people with harsh words for composite wood materials like ours. Some say that composite boards are overpriced and fake-looking, while others suggest that their quality is inferior to that of hardwood decking.

Well, we can't speak for all composite decking suppliers (indeed, we're well aware that many of the people in our industry sell very poor-quality products indeed), but we don't feel that any of these criticisms are applicable to TimberTech deck boards. Today, we'd like to address some of the most commonly-cited composite decking problems and explain why TimberTech customers needn't worry about a single one of them.

"Composite decking doesn't look as good as real wood."

Most of the people who make this point are referring to the idea that, since composite decking is partially made of synthetic materials, it loses some of the natural warmth and 'authenticity' of traditional timber decking.

Now, to be fair, many composite deck boards do look very cheap when compared to hardwood products; however, TimberTech's luxurious composite decking is specifically designed to emulate the beauty of natural wood as closely as possible. Our boards have textured finishes and an authentic-looking wood grain that's practically impossible to distinguish from the real thing; if you need proof, we suggest you take a look at our stunning wood-effect Reliaboard range:

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"Composite deck boards don't last as long as other materials."

Again, the veracity of this claim depends on the quality of the composite materials in question. Hollow composite decking is notoriously short-lived, often bowing and cracking within a few months of purchase; however, TimberTech's solid composite decking is far sturdier, which is why we offer a 25 year residential warranty with all of our deck boards.

 

"Composite wood materials scratch very easily."

Not ours! As mentioned above, our boards are far sturdier than most others, and decking from our EasyClean ranges even comes with a protective sleeve that's great at preventing scratches (as well keeping out moisture).

 

"Composite decking is overpriced."

Good-quality composite decking is rarely cheap, but it's unfair to call it 'overpriced'. You tend to get what you pay for with any type of outdoor flooring material, and you can rest assured that, however much money you might have saved on cheap, inferior deck boards, you would have ended up spending a lot more on repairs, maintenance, and - ultimately - replacing your boards outright. Paying that extra little bit for a top-quality product is a far more cost-effective decision in the long run, not to mention the fact that you'll save yourself a lot of hard work and elbow grease!

 

But enough about the (largely unfounded) complaints about composite decking - what are the benefits of composite wood boards?

If you're still not convinced, we'd be happy to send you a free sample of our composite decking to help you make up your mind!

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Here at TimberTech, we take great care to offer a wide range of high-quality decking options, suited to a variety of projects in both domestic and commercial spaces. To ensure that you make the most of your chosen product, it's essential that the deck is installed correctly in order to deliver longevity and a great-looking finish. 

Here are a few of our top tips for those who are thinking of installing our composite decking themselves:

  • Always keep the shallow groove (which appears on one edge of each board) consistently on the same side. The fibres of the board are directional, so this will ensure that the sun casts a consistent shadow, giving a uniform shade throughout.
  • Use the CONCEALoc® bracket to fix the first and last board.
  • For the neatest possible finish, pre-drill 4mm pilot holes (do not countersink).
  • When face-fixing boards, drive each screw until the screw’s head is flush with the surface of the board. Do not over-drive.
  • Maximum span between joists is 400mm for residential decks.
  • We recommend a 3-4mm gap between boards (CONCEALoc® is designed to automatically create a 4mm gap between the boards).
  • To aid water run-off, the deck should slope 13mm for every 2.44m away from the house.

These are just some brief guidelines for installing composite decking, for a more comprehensive guide visit our Deck Installation Resources page, to download our Complete Guide to Maintaining and Installing Decking and Dryspace. We also have some videos of our products in action, to give you a more vivid impression of our installation process. 

If it still seems a bit too complicated or time-consuming for you to undertake yourself, remember we offer a professional decking installation service to handle the construction of your project! This service lets you sit back and relax while your deck comes to life, at the hands of our experienced team of professional installers.

For more information about any of our products or services, call us on 02920 371584, and we will advise you in more depth about the options available to you.

 

Back in August, we shared some reviews of our composite decking with you, exhibiting some highlights of the wonderful feedback we receive from our customers each day. As we are lucky enough to receive kind words of thanks and praise from our customers on a regular basis, we thought we should make another post to follow up with even more of our glowing reviews.

"I am so satisfied with my TimberTech deck, its amazing, a really worthwhile investment – I just wish I had done it sooner!" - Mr Pearman, Oxon

"It’s got the lovely light finish that we had from our previous wood decking, but without all those hours of sanding and varnishing. It’s a revelation!" - Matthew Moore, Monmouth 

"With bog-standard decking, I’d have spent hours trying to create this lovely grey finish with stains and varnishes and all sorts. But with TimberTech, it’s just the shade and finish that I was looking for, without any of the hard work." - Adam Watson, Lincoln 

"Aligning the decking in a pattern has worked much better than just a straight line solution. The deck has provided the finishing touch to our ultra-modern house and lives well with the other 21st Century features." - Bob Bayley, Surrey 

"Two years after installation, the deck looks as good as it did the day it was fitted" - Mr Leslie Layton, North London

"The space has been completely transformed into a private haven, just for us. We are really pleased with the result - it looks lovely, and many people have been admiring our decked seating area! "-Mr Snelling, Bridgend

So, have these satisfied customers convinced you that TimberTech is the right choice for you? To find out more about our services, give us a call on 029 2037 1584. You can also order a free sample of our decking to see and feel the excellent quality of the product for yourself! 

To see our full list of testimonials, click here.

 

Traditional timber decking is not one of the safest of surfaces to walk on, particularly in cold and damp conditions. The grooved boards make it easy for dirt and water to settle, which contributes to a very slippery surface. 

While some decking companies will claim to offer 'non-slip' decking, we can tell you now that this is simply not true. Nothing can guarantee you from slipping on any surface.

Having said that, our slip-resistant decking strives to lower the risk of injury as much as possible, and we are proud to say it has achieved the best slip-resistant rating in both Britain and Europe (making it the closest thing out there to 'non-slip' that you will find)!

Two major contributing factors to the slipperiness of decking are power washing and mould; both of which penetrate the wood and open it up to damage, in turn making it even more slippery. Luckily none of these problems apply to TimberTech decking, which is specially designed to avoid these issues while remaining tolerant to heavy-duty cleaning. Our boards take in minimal moisture (less than 1.2% to be exact), and are also quick drying, typically taking 30 mins to dry after a wash or rain shower. This means that they are much less likely to remain damp and slippery for an extended period of time, and are also far more resistant to mould and algae issues.

While no decking can 100% guarantee that you have no chance of slipping on it, we feel pretty confident in saying that ours comes the closest to being able to back up that claim!

Plastic decking boards

Plastic decking boards are a very popular choice amongst thrifty homeowners. Not only are they relatively cheap to buy, they're also quite easy to look after, requiring far less maintenance than traditional timber boards.

But don't reach for your wallet just yet, because the benefits of plastic are counterbalanced by a number of potentially deal-breaking drawbacks. Like any plastic product, plastic decking boards are not very environmentally-friendly; furthermore, they are prone to bowing and cracking over time, and they lack the authentic beauty that has helped hardwood decking to remain popular even as more practical alternatives have become available.

Happily, there is another way. The issues that plague plastic decking boards are almost completely absent from TimberTech's composite wood decking: our products are attractive, they're authentic-looking, they're eco-friendly, and they don't bow or crack (or splinter, rot, or warp for that matter).

And while the initial cost of composite decking is a little higher than that of plastic decking boards, the long-term benefits more than justify this. In fact, composite wood will almost certainly save you money in the long run; money that would otherwise have been spent on maintaining, repairing and - ultimately - replacing your garden deck can instead be spent on whatever will help you to enjoy your outdoor living space to the full.

Visit our Plastic Decking page to learn more about the difference between composite and plastic decking boards, or click here to order a free sample of TimberTech's high-quality, low-maintenance decking.

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