Here at TimberTech, we are often asked how composite decking compares to other decking materials. With so many different decking options on the market, it can be difficult to determine which decking is the most suitable for your garden. In this blog, we take a look at ipe decking to find out what it is and how it compares to composite decking.
What is Ipe Decking?
Ipe decking comes from a large species of timber trees called Handroanthus which are indigenous to Central America, Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Handroanthus trees are often kept as ornamental trees because they produce large and beautiful yellow flowers (as you can see here). Ipe decking has grown in popularity over recent years because it is incredibly hard, durable and naturally insect resistant.
Problems with Ipe Decking:
While ipe decking is one of the more durable natural wood options on the market, it is not without its problems.
- It can be incredibly difficult to cut and work with because it is so hard and heavy.
- It needs to acclimatise to your garden to prevent it from splitting or splintering over time.
- Garden debris left on the surface of ipe decking will stain it. You will need to clean it regularly to prevent this.
- In direct sunlight, the colour of ipe decking will fade quickly. To combat this, you need to frequently reseal the surface of the deck.
Why choose composite decking?
Composite decking is made using a combination of natural hardwood and polymer which means the finished boards have the natural charm of wood decking but don’t require any of the tedious preparation or maintenance.
- Composite deck boards never need to be stained, sealed or painted.
- The synthetic material in the boards prevents them from cracking and splintering like wood.
- Composite decking is designed to be fade resistant, so it will look great for longer.
- Composite decking looks just like real timber.
At TimberTech we offer lots of different styles and colours of composite decking, so there’s no doubt you’ll find one that complements your garden perfectly. Why not order 2 FREE samples and see the high-quality of our boards for yourself? If you have any questions, contact us today.
Not all composite decking is alike; in fact, quality varies hugely from supplier to supplier. Our composite decking comes with an impressive 30-year warranty as standard, whereas other products on the market might not even last until Christmas!
What's the difference between good and bad quality composite decking?
One reliable indicator of quality can be seen in the body of the deck board: solid composite decking boards tend to be of a much higher overall quality than hollow boards.
Hollow composite decking may seem like a great choice at first. It's usually a lot cheaper than solid decking and it can look perfectly good on the surface. But the difference in quality lies beneath the surface.
Hollow deck boards are essentially an empty shell with relatively poor structural stability. Solid decking, on the other hand, has a higher density and weight that makes it durable and long lasting!
A few things to bear in mind:
- Solid decking boards have greater load-bearing capabilities.
- Hollow boards can be very noisy underfoot.
- Over time, hollow decks can start to bow and crack under pressure.
- While hollow decking may be cheaper at first, repairs and maintenance may well leave you out of pocket in the end.
Solid composite decking boards are the only choice if you want strong, stable, long-lasting decking that looks great, performs outstandingly. Still not sure which to choose? All of the decking we supply at TimberTech is high-quality solid composite decking. Choose from a huge selection of decking including our stunning EasyClean Tropical Range, our Reliaboard Range and our Vertigrain 2 Range - all of which look just like real wood and require a fraction of the maintenance.
To see and feel the quality of TimberTech's solid composite decking for yourself, order 2 FREE samples today, or if you have any questions about our solid decking, call 029 2080 3756 to speak to a member of our team.