There's a common misconception that composite decking has a 'plastic' or 'fake' appearance. Back when composite decking first appeared on the market, this might have been true, but now we have manufacturing tools that allow us to create composite deck boards with all the character and charm of real wood.
One of the many drawbacks of choosing the real thing is that it actually loses its beauty over time because it's easily weathered. (Take a look at the comparison image above if you don't believe us!)For that reason, you're actually better off choosing composite decking if you want to keep a real wood look for longer than a few years. Unlike real wood, composite decking doesn't need to be sanded, stained or sealed to keep it looking fresh.
For many homeowners, their deck is their own private, outdoor space that they use to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For others, it's the perfect place where they can entertain guests for hours on a cool summer evening, but neither of these scenarios is possible with just a deck alone. Your deck's decor plays a monumental role in achieving the perfect outdoor space.
Now I know what you're thinking, decorating your deck sounds expensive but thankfully it doesn't have to be. You are perfectly capable of creating your private sanctuary or party place without breaking the bank! There are plenty of deck decorating ideas that you can do on a budget; here we look at some of the ideas that you can try for yourself.
With the rise in popularity of composite decking over recent years, it comes to no surprise that more and more homeowners are asking questions regarding its practicality, with one of the main queries surrounding its use in the warmer months.
Homeowners that are considering installing composite decking in their outdoor spaces are asking the question, "does composite decking get hot in the summer?" With traditional wood decking known to absorb a fair amount of heat during hotter spells of sunshine, it makes perfect sense why people would ask the same question regarding its composite counterpart. If you're one of these people that are wondering whether composite decking gets hot in the summer, then you've come to the right place! The experts at TimberTech are here to help.
In order to give an accurate answer to this question, however, a number of factors need to be considered as each has a degree of influence on how much heat gets absorbed and retained. These are the deck's exposure to sunlight, the colour of the deck boards and the type of composite decking used.
A customer named Ben recently sent us some smashing 'before and after' photos of his back garden, which has been totally transformed with the help of our EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey composite decking.
TimberTech composite decking is very low maintenance. Our deck boards never have to be stained or deep cleaned - unlike hardwood decking products, they will last for decades with virtually no upkeep whatsoever.
However, we do recommend cleaning your deck occasionally to maintain its appearance. You can use a power washer to do this.
Power washing a deck - photo by Olger Fallas Painting (via Flickr)
The following advice is taken from the TimberTech Installation and Maintenance Guide.