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 capped 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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