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There was a time when decking required a whole host of treatments in order to keep the boards looking sharp, healthy and colourful, year after year.

Worse still, these processes had to be done with frustrating regularity, making timber maintenance a regular chore for homeowners that opted for decky décor.

Luckily, that all changed with the introduction of “no fade” composite decking in the late ‘90s and the UK has been enjoying long-lasting colour in their outdoor design ever since.

But is composite decking fade proof? And, if not, just how fade resistant is it?

We aim to answer that question and more right here, as we shine a light on the fade-fighting capabilities of composite decking boards.

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Do composite decks fade?

Unlike traditional timber, composite decking is extremely fade resistant and capable of maintaining its “like new” looks for years to come.

Meanwhile, our capped composite decking features additional fade protection in the form of a shielding polymer sleeve for the ultimate protection against sun fading.

 

Is composite decking fade-proof?

Despite its unrivalled powers of fade resistance, as the saying goes, Father Time is undefeated and the passing of time can take its toll even on the durable surface of composite decking.

The sun impacts materials at an atomic level, breaking down chemical bonds and fading colours in the process. As such, virtually all man-made materials will suffer some form of fading when exposed to a continued onslaught of UV rays.

While composite decking is extremely resistant to fading, it isn’t “fade-proof” per se. Any company that boasts such claims is suspect at best – so avoid at all costs.

 

Effects of sun on composite decking

The sun’s impact on a surface depends largely on the durability of the material in question. The poorer the material, the worse the fade will be.

Continued exposure to the elements can naturally lead to a gradual discolouration, particularly in the event of continued exposure to extreme sun and heat.

Despite this fact, the effects of sunlight are far more forgiving on composite decking than traditional wood. Natural wood will fade to a dull grey, whereas composite decking will merely get marginally lighter in tone.

For capped composite decking, our capped products will experience little to no colour change in its 25-year lifespan. So confident are we in this statement that we even offer 25-year fade and stain warranty for our capped composite decking options, with some products even offering a 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover.

 

Composite Decking from TimberTech

Not all composite decking is created equally and, as such, the level of fade-resistance can vary dramatically from one brand to the next.

Composite decking from TimberTech is made to the highest standard with the highest quality materials. Backed by a 25 to 30-year warranty, opting for TimberTech decking is a wise option and a safe choice for colour longevity.

 

For more information on TimberTech composite decking, call 029 2080 3756 today or drop us a line using the button below.

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If you want a truly terrific colour for your garden deck, TimberTech's tropical-looking Tigerwood decking (part of our EasyClean Legacy range) may well be just what you're looking for.  The attractive tan-coloured boards are flecked with dark lines and details, resulting in a very attractive product that's sure to make your new deck look exceptionally eye-catching.

But good looks aren't all our EasyClean Legacy Tigerwood decking has to offer. Since these boards are capped with a protective sleeve, you don't have to worry about them getting stained or degraded - if you spill anything on your Tigerwood deck, you'll simply be able to wipe it away, and those spectacularly warm colours won't fade away no matter how long you have them for!

If, by this point, the very thought of our Tigerwood decking is making you purr, you'll be pleased to hear that you can order a free sample of it right now - click here to request yours, or call TimberTech on 029 2037 1584 to learn more about what our products have to offer!

Capped composite decking

In case you haven't heard, capped composite decking is the latest revolution to rock the outdoor flooring industry. Capped deck boards come with a protective, water-resistant sleeve that keeps moisture from being absorbed into your deck; not only does this prevent staining and water damage, it also means that any spills or mess can be wiped clean away without leaving a trace.

So, what capped products do we at TimberTech UK have to offer?

Our flagship capped decking collection is called EasyClean Terrain - it was one of the first capped ranges available in the UK, and it's become one of our most popular options of all. Our EasyClean Terrain+ Silver Maple boards were even featured on ITV!

Then there's EasyClean Legacy, our premium capped decking range. It comes a variety of different colours - including Tigerwood - which can be combined to create eye-catching patterns like the one shown above.

Click here to order a FREE sample of our capped composite decking!

Brown Decking

If you're looking for a high-performance composite decking product with a traditional brown wood appearance, look no further than EasyClean Brown Oak. This gorgeous brown decking product has a wonderful grained texture that's every bit as beautiful as genuine oak...

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A swatch of our EasyClean Brown Oak decking.

...and yet it also boasts a number of additional features and specifications that make it a far more practical choice than hardwood decking. These include:

  • A protective polymer sleeve. EasyClean is one of TimberTech's capped decking ranges, which means that each Brown Oak board is safeguarded by a polymer sleeve that keeps out moisture and preserves the surface of your deck. Any liquids that you spill on your beautiful brown decking can be simply wiped away, leaving your boards looking brand new once more.

  • An extended lifespan. Our Brown Oak decking comes with a 25 year warranty for ALL residential installations. This even includes fade and stain cover!

  • Minimal maintenance requirements. Like all of TimberTech's composite deck boards, this brown decking option requires practically zero maintenance (unlike traditional wood decking, which has to be stained/oiled frequently).

Want to take a closer look at our EasyClean Brown Oak decking? Order a free sample here.

Our capped composite decking was used to create a surprise garden for an ex-serviceman in Cornwall!

Silver Maple composite decking

If you watched Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh on ITV last night, you probably saw our Silver Maple decking in the garden that Alan Titchmarsh and his team created for ex-serviceman Chris Finney. TimberTech's composite decking was chosen for its slip-resistant, low-maintenance properties, and the Love Your Garden team particularly liked our EasyClean Terrain+ Silver Maple decking - they decided that its sleek, contemporary design was perfect for the futuristic outdoor living space they were planning to create.

Capped composite decking

Chris Finney and his wife Liz have three daughters, and so Alan Titchmarsh and Co were keen to ensure that the new garden would be suitable for little ones as well as adults. Our Silver Maple boards are ideal in this regard - EasyClean is one of our capped composite decking products, which means that any mess can be wiped away with ease.

Order a free sample of our composite decking here >

Furthermore, our decking's aforementioned anti-slip properties helps to keep kids safe when they're running around outdoors!

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"Stage celebrities often 'tread the boards' - but it's not often that the board itself is the celebrity. However, ITV's Love Your Garden firmly put the spotlight on TimberTech's bright new star, and EasyClean decking shone in its leading role." - ITV

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Click here to find out more about our Silver Maple decking - don't forget to order your free sample!

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