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So, you’ve decided on a veranda – now what?

When you’re thinking about sprucing up your home with a sizeable addition to your property, it’s easy to overlook some of the equally big decisions that come with it. For would-be verandarers, choosing veranda decking is unquestionably one of those biggies.

Beautiful decking can enhance an otherwise unremarkable veranda design, while a poor choice of decking can ruin a beautiful veranda. On the other hand, if you knock it out of the park with both, you can create an outdoor environment that isn’t just an extension to your house but a true showpiece of your dream home.

 

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Types of veranda decking

When choosing veranda decking, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be torn right away between the choice of traditional timber and modern composite decking.

Classic vs contemporary; charm vs practicality; authentic vs cutting-edge. Decisions, decisions!

For us at TimberTech, there’s no choice necessary – it’s composite all the way!

Made from a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, composite blends old with new in a perfect cocktail of decking delight.

Not convinced? Here’s a closer look at why composite decking is the best choice for your veranda…

 

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Benefits of composite decking

Offering all the perks of modern technological advancement with all the allure of a genuine wood-look finish, composite decking is the perfect middle man between synthetic plastic decking and traditional wood.

Better still, composite decking provides a far more authentic aesthetic than plastic yet also requires less maintenance than wood – virtually no upkeep at all – bringing together the best of both worlds in one perfect package.

Best of all, it also comes with a variety of other bonuses that will keep your veranda looking sleek and sharp for longer. Unlike traditional wood decking, composite decking doesn’t warp or fade in the sun, nor will it bow or crack like plastic. Meanwhile, composite also offers better slip-resistance, which can be an invaluable quality if young children or elderly relatives will be using your veranda.

 

Composite decking vs capped composite decking

If you’re already convinced and you now have your mind set on composite decking, there is one more choice to consider.

Underneath the overall range of “composite decking” sits two sub-categories: standard composite and capped composite. Capped composite decking offers additional benefits on top of the existing perks of composite decking.

In addition to being durable, low-maintenance and fade resistant (as well as visually stunning), capped composite also has the added advantage of being protected by a moisture-resistant polymer sleeve.

The addition of the extra layer of polymer makes capped composite boards extremely stain resistant – an ideal attribute if you plan on wining and dining on your veranda. Any spills can be easily wiped clean without so much as a drop of evidence left behind.

 

Why use TimberTech composite decking?

At TimberTech, we use a unique recycling process to breathe new life into re-usable hardwood, creating strong, durable boards that maintain their authentic beauty. Natural-looking, long-lasting and high quality, our composite decking is eco-friendly as well as economical, giving you environmental peace of mind to go with your beautifully decked veranda.

While composite can be more expensive for the initial outlay, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment to be made. Hardwood fades, soft wood warps and plastic can be an artificial eye-sore. If you need to replace your decking for any of these reasons, the cost of a substitute can far outweigh the initial saving.

Our products are built to last and stay looking youthful along the way. The modern materials ensure they keep their finish for years to come even though they require minimal upkeep. They won’t need staining or sealing – an occasional clean is all they’ll need to keep their “just laid” shine.

 

Sound too good to be true? Give us a call on 029 2080 3756 to find out first-hand or use the button below to order a FREE sample and see for yourself!

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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.

Ipe Tree

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

Solid Composite Decking Board

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.

EasyClean Edge Decking from TimberTech

Unique Scalloped Profile and Three-Sided Cap

What makes EasyClean Edge decking unique from other decking products we offer is its scalloped profile and distinctive three-sided cap. The scalloped profile offers reduced board weight without affecting the structural integrity of the boards, while the three-sided cap protects the composite core of the decking from water damage by repelling water.

Beautiful Appearance

The decking in our EasyClean Edge collection offers rich opaque colour and a straight wood grain pattern that mimics high-quality wood. EasyClean Edge decking comes in two stunning colours, Dark Teak and Maritime Grey, both of which are pigment rich and sure to complement any garden or outdoor living area.

When you choose EasyClean Edge decking, you also have the choice between grooved or ungrooved boards. If you choose grooved boards, they can be installed using our CONCEALoc® hidden fasteners, a great option if you want to achieve a flawless finished look. Alternatively, ungrooved boards can be installed using our colour-matched screws.

Why choose EasyClean Edge Decking?

Whether you choose Dark Teak or Maritime Grey EasyClean Edge decking, you will benefit from an extraordinary 25-year warranty with fade and stain cover that guarantees your boards will look and feel great for years to come. This means, once they are installed, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your decking – stress-free!

To find out more about EasyClean Edge decking or to request two FREE samples, simply click the links below. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to a member of our team about EasyClean Edge decking, give us a call on 029 2080 3756.

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The best way to be ready for those first glorious days of spring is to get your garden ready in advance! Because you chose to purchase TimberTech composite decking, the amount of maintenance your decking needs at this time of the year is very minimal compared to others.

Clean your decking

While TimberTech composite decking is incredibly low-maintenance, there's no harm in giving it a little freshen up before spring! We recommend giving it a quick sweep to remove any surface debris and remove stubborn dirt with a powerwash. Your decking will look brand new, and ready for a spring makeover!

New accessories 

The best way to give your outdoor area a refreshing new look for spring is to invest in some new furniture and accessories or dig out the ones you put away before winter and give them a good clean. Some garden accessories you could invest in include:

  • An outdoor table
  • A BBQ
  • An umbrella or carousel 
  • Decorative lights
  • An outdoor heater (great if you plan to host parties late into the night)

Flowers, flowers, flowers!

Flowers love spring and we love flowers! There are so many gorgeous varieties of flowers for you to choose from that there's no need to leave your garden looking barren after winter. If you don't have a lawn or flower bed in your garden, you could hang hanging baskets around your home, or purchase some big, free-standing planters to decorate your decking with. 

If you're looking for a gorgeous variety of flower that's easy to grow, why not try sunflowers, sweetpeas or marigolds?

 If you don't currently have a TimberTech deck installed in your garden, what are you waiting for? A decked area is a perfect place to enjoy those sunny spring days and host parties late into the long and bright evenings. As we have discussed, TimberTech composite decking requires minimal maintenance making it a stress-free investment for all seasons! Enquire about TimberTech decking by heading over to our site:

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