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Installing a composite deck over a wooden deck

If your wood deck has begun to creak, wobble and rot, the signs are there that you should probably start thinking about getting it replaced. Not only will it start to look bad, but a deck that has surpassed its time can be a major safety hazard. By replacing your wooden deck, you'll be doing yourself and others a huge favour. 

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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.

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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

Does Composite Decking Get Hot in the Summer?

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Your outdoor living space isn't just a place to go when you need a breath of fresh air - it's a part of your home, and it should reflect your personal style and taste just as much as your living room does.

If you want your garden deck to look as cool and contemporary as your interior decor, we at TimberTech can help. Our composite decking is available in a selection of modern styles that you're sure to find appealing!

Contemporary grey composite decking

Pictured: EasyClean Edge+ Sea Salt Grey Composite Decking

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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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