We’re officially in the midst of winter. The weather is cold and the snowy weather here! I recently came across an article on eHow about deck winterization. You’ll notice when you’re reading through these tips that the winter effects on a TimberTech deck are much less cumbersome than a wood deck. In fact, because TimberTech never needs to be stained or sealed, you can eliminate some of the steps altogether – making TimberTech live up to its brand promise: Less work. More life.
TimberTech does not require any specific winterization tips. However, as mentioned in the article, removing all pots, planters, and debris – such as branches, leaves, dirt or pebbles that have accumulated can also help reduce the risk of moisture buildup and staining on a TimberTech deck. Now that winter has hit and your deck may be buried, you can remove any of the snow and ice by using either rock salt or calcium chloride. These will not damage the surface. These products may, however, leave a white residue, which can be removed by either rinsing with water or using a mild soap/water solution. Also, remember to use care not to damage your deck surface when shovelling off the snow or ice. Plastic shovels work well for this. Avoid shovels that have a metal leading edge. For TimberTech’s full care and cleaning, instructions see our care and warranty section
by Neil Orpin
TimberTech Deck Installer
If you are considering installing composite decking, you should fully understand the costs associated with it. Yes, in most cases, composite decking boards are more expensive than wood. If you are comparing it to a pressure treated deck, then composite decking boards can be significantly more expensive. There is much more, however, to deck ownership than just comparing the cost of deck boards.
The cost for the sub-structure and labour should be the same whether you build with wood decking or composite decking. The primary cost difference is the deckboards. So, don’t quote me here, but you can assume that TimberTech deckboards are over three times the cost of softwood decking, but very similar in cost to hardwood deckboards.
Many people think that TimberTech composite decking is expensive when compared to softwood. Not really. When you factor in the same cost to build and the same cost of the understructure, the difference could be more like 40% more to own a TimberTech deck.
Now, let’s talk about the cost to maintain a timber deck. A timber deck needs to be cleaned and stained EVERY year. I am sure you value your time. With a full time job and a family, time is something that you wish you had more of. It can easily cost £100 to properly treat your timber deck if you do it yourself and even more if you have it done for you! Now, we are quickly starting to close that gap between the cost of timber decking and our composite decking – TimberTech composite decking never needs staining!
Meanwhile, the typical timber deck only has a life span around 10 to maybe 15 years (if you don’t miss a year on the staining and protecting!). Incredibly, our composite decking has a warranty for 25 years and could last even longer than that.
To make the decision easier, if you sell your home, you could get a higher return on your investment if you build with composite decking. In fact, I have seen estimates around 70% return on your investment.
Still trying to decide? It seems to me like the question might not be “can you afford to buy composite decking” but “can you afford not to buy composite decking?”
The New Website – It’s Here!
Hello and welcome to our brand new TimberTech blog on our shiny new website. We’ve been beavering away over the last few months to bring you a new look TimberTech site that’s a lot more user-friendly. We hope you like it.
We have brought the TimberTech website up-to-date using feedback from customers to make it as easy to use as possible. We’ve introduced many more products, including a bigger range of deck lights – just what you need to put the finishing touches to your new TimberTech deck!
We’ve also kept all the best bits from the old TimberTech site. You told us you loved the gallery pages of inspiring images of decking on all kinds of homes, so we’ve extended this to feature to the product pages too. This way, if you see a product you like the look of, you can instantly find out what it looks like when it’s installed.
We have also introduced a new colour section to the site. You can now browse our decking by colour category, so it’s much simpler to find the perfect shade to match your colour schemes or to coordinate your outdoor living space with your interior design.
We’re especially excited about the new TimberTech 3D deck design service – a free, personalised service that helps you plan and visualise your dream TimberTech deck. All you need to do is upload an outline of your space, discuss products and colours with one of our team, then our CAD wizards will transform your ideas into your dream deck.
As well as planning your TimberTech deck, we can also install it for you. You can find full details about the TimberTech installation service on the new-look site.
The case studies section details TimberTech projects, so you can see our products in real-life scenarios. We’ll be adding lots more of these over the coming months, but why not start with finding out how TimberTech helped to transform Tenby Lifeboat Station that was featured on Grand Designs.
And you’ve already found our brand-new blog! Now you just need to keep checking it for news about exciting new TimberTech products and projects. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest developments in the world of decking and outdoor design.
The TimberTech Marketing Team