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The UK government's current guidelines state that you should only leave your home for "food, health reasons or work (if you cannot work from home)". But you can still make use of your garden!

Family playing in the garden

Britain is currently in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. In order to slow the virus down, the UK government is urging people to stay at home - although you can still leave the house for the following reasons:

  • Purchasing food and other essentials
  • Going to work (if working from home is not an option)
  • Exercising once per day
  • Medical needs (such as blood donation, caring for others, etc.)

You can also go out in the garden, if you have one - in fact, the government's mental health and wellbeing advice explicitly recommends gardening as a good way to stay healthy during this lockdown.

But don't worry if you haven't got green fingers. There are plenty of things you can do in the garden besides digging, planting and pruning!

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Who said you had to stick to one colour of decking boards? We certainly didn’t. In fact, one of our favourite things is when a customer comes to us with an idea on how to combine two of our composite decking colours for a mixed decking design. We’re in love with all the mixed decking designs we’ve done so why not explore the option yourself? It’s sure to add an extra flair to your outdoor space! 

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Is Composite Decking Fireproof?

For those of you who are looking to add a new deck to your property, the chances of wanting a decking material that can stand up to elements are high. I mean, who wants deck that is going to fall apart at the first sign of a storm, right? Right. So, knowing whether or not your deck can withstand the challenges that Mother Nature brings is sure to be a huge selling point. One of the many questions that you may ask in that regard when looking to add a composite deck to your property is whether composite decking is fireproof, or at least fire-resistant, especially if you live in a climate where situations involving fires such as bushfires are a common possibility. Here, we explain how decking materials are tested and rated and whether or not composite decking is in fact fireproof.

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It's time we introduced a few new products into the TimberTech mix, and we're sure that these new composite decking ranges won't disappoint. Today, we're taking a look at two gorgeous new ranges, Edge+ and Reserve. Both ranges boast all the exceptional characteristics of TimberTech composite decking and will look great in any outdoor space. Let's take a closer look...

EasyClean Reserve Composite Decking

If you're looking for decking with a truly appealing aesthetic design, you'll love the new EasyClean Reserve range! This range offers a selection of sumptuous colours, robust materials and a unique matte finish that works wonderfully wherever it's installed.

The Reserve range comes in three colours, Storm Grey, Driftwood & Dark Roast (shown above). Don't worry, the matte finish and rich colours won't fade over time, Reserve boards are capped on three sides to preserve the integrity of the boards, plus you'll have fade and stain cover! Here are a few other key features:

  • 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover
  • Can be installed using CONCEALoc Hidden Fasteners
  • Realistic antique brushed texture

EasyClean Edge+ Composite Decking

This stunning new addition to the EasyClean range is sure to get you feeling inspired. Edge+ is a contemporary take on composite decking that boasts a duo-tone effect and a realistic straight wood-grain.

We think Edge+ boards would fit perfectly into both traditional or modern garden, and with two different shades to choose from, you're sure to find something that suits you. Edge+ Sea Salt Grey decking (shown above), is sure to bring a cosy feel to your garden, while Edge+ Oak offers a more traditional feel. Here are a few other key features:

  • Capped on three sides with a durable polymer sleeve
  • Available in grooved or ungrooved profiles
  • 25-year warranty including fade and stain cover

 

If either of these new EasyClean ranges takes your fancy, why not order a sample? You can order two different decking samples so you can compare and find the perfect shade for you. Alternatively, if you'd like to see the other types of decking we offer, click here to visit our homepage and view the full range

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TimberTech composite decking is made through a mixture of natural hardwood powder and synthetic thermoplastics. In an attempt to make our manufacturing processes as sustainable as possible, the hardwood powder that we use consists of recycled fibre fillers and sawdust, with reclaimed wood that would otherwise go into landfills being used as a key component. In addition to these, we also include other ingredients such as lubricants, foaming agent and colouring that ensure the finished composite decking materials not only looks the part but is able to last for years to come!

After the hardwood powder, synthetic materials and additional ingredients are mixed together, they are then put through a mould, also known as ‘extruded’ into the desired shape. In order to create a natural and organic wood look, various techniques and processes are implemented. The two types of composite decking boards that we supply here at TimberTech are capped and uncapped which go through different manufacturing processes. The capped layer which provides extra protection to the boards is fully bonded to the substrate to prevent delamination.

The first process is called ‘extrusion’, which we have talked about above. The second process is ‘compression moulding’, where the combination of materials are placed on a wood grain mould and then compressed under extreme heat and pressure, resulting in a physical bond.

Composite deck boards can be created in a variety of shapes and styles; including grooved, ungrooved, solid and hollow. All of which are created through either one of the above processes. The shape of the finished boards is significant as these will determine the cost and the methods of installation. Hollow boards are often more budget-friendly than solid boards due to the decreased amount of materials needed and grooved boards are able to be installed without having deck screws drilled into the body, with hidden fasteners placed on either side and drilled into the supporting frame.

Why choose composite decking?

The end result is a beautiful-looking decking board that is stronger, lasts longer and offers incredible low-maintenance properties. The plastic components used in the creation process is what provides these low-maintenance qualities that will save you huge amounts of both time and money over the lifespan of your deck. Traditional timber decks require regular staining, cleaning and sometimes painting in order to look good, but not TimberTech’s composite decking. Our collection of composite deck boards come in a range of fantastic warranties, up to 30 years. Meaning you won’t have to replace for deck for three whole decades – amazing!

The processes used to make our composite decking board allows the use of recycled materials without compromising on quality. The fully protected capped boards ensure high resistance to fades, stains, scratches and abrasions so you can rest assured that your deck will look gorgeous for years to come, no matter the environment it’s in. You can browse and compare our entire collection of deck boards below!

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For more information on our range of composite decking or how our deck board are made, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the TimberTech team today. Don’t forget, you can order a FREE sample of our composite decking to see its beauty see it up-close for yourself

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