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If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your garden, there are several different materials you can choose from. Wood, plastic and composite decking all have different properties – but which is the most environmentally conscious choice?

Environmental Impact

Traditional hardwood decking is quite a poor choice if you want to minimise the environmental impact of your new deck. Most hardwood deck boards are made from tropical timber, and as you’ve probably heard, Earth’s tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Wood decking is a product of deforestation, and some of the sealants used to protect wooden deck boards contain potentially harmful chemicals and compounds.

So perhaps plastic decking is a greener option? Well, plastic boards don’t require any trees to be chopped down, but like any plastic product, they take an awfully long time to decompose. Once your plastic boards start to bow and crack – and that’s something that can happen to plastic decking quite quickly – you’ll have to replace them, and the old decking will most likely end up in a landfill.

How Green is TimberTech Composite Decking?

Here at TimberTech, we sell composite decking that, in our opinion, is a much greener choice than wood or plastic. Our boards contain recycled polymers and all-waste hardwood which comes from the furniture and flooring industries – wood that would otherwise be thrown away. Not a single tree is cut down to make TimberTech decking, and in actual fact, our manufacturing process keeps thousands of tonnes of wood out of landfill every year.

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Additionally, our boards and our packaging are 100% recyclable. The decking is formaldehyde-free, and it never needs to be stained.

And that’s why we think TimberTech is the most environmentally-conscious decking material on the market.

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Here at TimberTech, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with low maintenance composite decking that never needs to be painted or stained. If you choose to invest in our high-quality decking boards you’ll save yourself so much money in the long run, because our boards do not require costly and time-consuming annual maintenance.

We offer 3 different types of composite decking at TimberTech - EasyClean, ReliaBoard, and VertiGrain 2 - none of which ever need to be painted.

 

EasyClean Ranges

Our EasyClean deck boards are capped, meaning they’re protected by a polymer sleeve. This sleeve preserves the look and quality of your decking with absolutely no effort from you (besides the occasional wipe clean). You can choose from our EasyClean Terrain/Terrain+ Range, our EasyClean Tropical Range, or our EasyClean Legacy Range – all of which are come with a 30-year warranty.

ReliaBoard Range

Our ReliaBoard decking offers a durable and eco-friendly substitute for hardwood decking. Unlike conventional hardwood decking, our ReliaBoards never need to be sealed, sanded or stained. This means you can achieve the desired effect of natural wood, without purchasing expensive paints or stains to maintain it.

VertiGrain 2

Similar to our ReliaBoard range, VertiGrain 2 decking allows you to achieve a beautiful real-wood effect with none of the associated upkeep. The only thing you need to do to keep these deck boards looking beautiful is to treat them to the occasional jet wash to remove surface dirt.

Bear in mind, if you do decide to go against our recommendations and apply paint to your TimberTech decking, it will make your 30-year warranty invalid and you will be forced to regularly maintain your decking regularly to keep it looking uniform.

So, in theory, you can paint your composite decking if you really want, but with TimberTech, you NEVER have to and we highly recommend that you don’t!

If you have any other queries about this matter or our deck boards in general, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Win Chelsea Flower Show Tickets

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the biggest event in Britain's horticultural calendar, and we've got two tickets (worth £67 each) to give away to one lucky winner!

If you'd like to attend the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019, here's how to enter - all you need is a Twitter account:

  1. Follow @TimberTechUK on Twitter.

  2. Retweet our pinned tweet.

  3. Cross your fingers! The competition will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 26th September, at which point we'll pick a random winner and notify them via Twitter.

  4. The winner will receive 2 all-day tickets to the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Chelsea Flower Show will be open to the general public on the following dates - if you win, you'll need to tell us which day you'd like tickets for:

  • Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Friday 24 May 2019
  • Saturday 25 May 2019

Good luck and happy gardening!

TimberTech Composite Decking UK is not affiliated in any way with the RHS or the Chelsea Flower Show. UK entrants only.

Do you have an outdoor area that could be enhanced using TimberTech’s Deck Lights? We bet you do! To help you feel inspired we have put together some decking light ideas that we think would look beautiful in lots of different gardens.

Mood lighting

If you’ve had a chance to take a look at our range of deck lights you might already know that they are available in five different colours making them perfect for creating different atmospheres in your garden.

Amber – Amber would be an excellent choice if you want to achieve a romantic, soft, atmosphere on your decking or surrounding areas. They would also be a great choice if you are worried about upsetting neighbours with bright lights on your property.

Green – would beautifully compliment a garden filled with greenery – the green light is less harsh than white lights, for example, and would accentuate the lush natural tones in your garden.

Red – While red might seem a little unorthodox, we think that red lights would be a great choice for stairs, steps or any other hazardous outdoor places. Installing these deck lights could help prevent falls or accidents.

White – White lights are a very popular choice of decking light; white lights are timeless and appropriate for all occasions. These lights would be excellent if you have especially dark areas of decking area or garden that you would like to use at night time.

Blue – Blue lights look stunning when they’re installed around any outdoor area, but they look especially appropriate around bodies of water such as a pool or pond.

Multicolour – Of course, if you’re feeling brave, why not have a variety of our different coloured deck lights installed to create a unique look in your garden? Perfect if you like to host parties or if you’re a little indecisive about which colour would suit your garden best!

All of our deck lights are available in two finishes – clear lenses for directional light or frosted lenses for a more diffused effect. Both equally beautiful!

The Specifics

Our lights are all IP67 rated, meaning they can be fully submerged in water – so no need to worry about them getting damaged when it rains.

We’ve also eliminated the need to go outside to switch on your deck lights, they can all be operated remotely using an on/off key fob.

Each light is made with 319 marine grade stainless steel so it should last you a lifetime – and just in case you have any problems with your deck lights, all of them come with a 2-year warranty!

So, what’s stopping you?

We want your garden and your decking to reach its full potential. Find out more about TimberTech’s decking lights today! Click here, or call us on 029 2080 3756.

So, you’ve finally decided to go ahead and purchase composite decking from one of our stunning decking ranges, congratulations on a very wise investment! However, the decision making doesn’t end there. A host of questions still remain now that you have chosen the flooring option for your outdoor living space. To make things easier for you, we’re going to run through a few things that you may want to consider when building your deck.

Location

The location in your outdoor space where your deck is going to be built may already be determined before making your purchase, however, after deciding to choose our composite decking you may think that your new deck may be better suited within a different position. This could be due to our decking complimenting a certain feature or area in your garden, taking advantage of a specific view or to be more or less exposed to the weather and elements. All of these things may impact the location in where your deck may be built.

Installation

The way in which your new deck is going to be installed is another thing you may need to think about. If you have adequate DIY skills, you may decide that you can save time and money by installation your deck boards yourself. If you don’t possess the skills, however, you may decide to utilise our installation fitting service with our team of professional and friendly deck installers, allowing you to sit back and relax while your dream outdoor living space comes to life.

Design, Size & Shape

The design, size and shape of your new deck will be dependent on the location that you decide to build it. Once a decision has been made on where your deck will be built, you can then proceed with choosing the design. This is something that we can also provide assistance with our deck design inspiration and FREE 3D deck design service. Here you are able to view an array of deck designs, including a range of layouts and patterns and then watch see your design come to life by collaborating with our expert team of CAD designers.

Extras: Balustrades, Lighting & Steps

Basic platform decks are by far the simplest to build and offer a classic, clean appearance. If it’s an eye-catching deck that you’re after however, this is something that you may want to avoid. As a result, a multi-level deck may be the deck for you. If this is the case and your deck now sits higher than a few feet off the ground, a balustrade system and steps may be something worth considering. We offer a variety of balustrade, railing systems and steps that not only provide an extra element of safety but also add a stylish touch to your deck. If you plan on utilising your new outdoor space at all times throughout the day and night, installing deck lights may also be an added benefit, allowing and anyone else to see your beautiful new deck no matter the time.

These aren’t all the things that you need to consider when building your deck, but will definitely go a long way in helping you achieve your dream outdoor living space. If you require any further information or assistance with any of the mentioned points or services, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. Call us on 02920 803 756 or email us at info@timbertechuk.co.uk where a member of our customer service team will be more than happy to help.

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