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Decking by the sea

Decking has long been a favourite for outdoor design in the UK. However, its track record against the British weather has been somewhat...mixed. Wood is a very absorbent material, and this can cause problems for a hardwood deck over time.

Luckily, composite decking tends to be far more water resistant.

Why choose composite decking?

Composite decking from TimberTech is made from a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials.

The resulting product is a deck board that offers all the beauty of natural wood, but with added durability.

These hard-wearing characteristics allow composite deck boards to maintain their aesthetic appeal long into the future, requiring minimal maintenance along the way.

And the semi-synthetic nature of these board can also be especially useful when it comes to resisting moisture.

Is composite decking more water resistant than wood?

Standard wooden decking may be susceptible to rot if repeatedly exposed to heavy moisture, and if the boards get wet during a period of cold weather, the liquid that enters the wood can freeze and expand, causing the boards to crack.

Traditional timber deck boards also have a high risk of warping, leaving you with a deformed surface that's uneven, misshapen, and structurally unstable.

Composite decking, on the other hand, is far more resistant to these kinds of issues. With an absorption rate of less than 1.2%, each board is specifically designed to withstand the demands of the notoriously damp British climate.

TimberTech's composite deck boards never need to be sealed or treated for weather protection, making them the perfect flooring option for your outdoor living space.

Slippery when wet?

Not only is our composite decking extremely water resistant, it's also slip resistant, making it ideal for use alongside hot tubs and swimming pools.

With a textured finish, these moisture-resistant boards provide better traction and grip than their solid wood counterparts.

This is especially true of TimberTech's capped composite decking range, which boasts a protective polymer sleeve for additional anti-moisture attributes. Any spills can simply be wiped away!

Any water spilled on the surface remains on the surface, preventing board damage. The surface water simply evaporates and is usually completely dry within 30 minutes.

Not only does this add to the safety of your outdoor enjoyment, it also inhibits the growth of unsightly mould and mildew on the deck itself.

Functional fashion

With a wide range of colours, designs and finishes available, you can personalise your outdoor aesthetic without having to choose between fashion and functionality.

TimberTech decking boards also feature reflective, inorganic pigments, dramatically reducing heat build-up, making them notably cooler and more comfortable to walk on in the sunny weather.

If you need a stylish, water-resistant solution for your hot tub surround or poolside area, capped composite decking from TimberTech is the ultimate solution that won't leave your deck in hot water.

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Cedar wood decking has long been hailed as the king of decking materials. Sturdy, reliable and long-lasting, it’s been the material of choice for many a garden for many a decade.

However, the meteoric rise of composite decking since its introduction in the late ‘90s has seen its popularity soar to unprecedented heights in recent years, challenging the Cedar King’s crown.

It appears there’s a new sheriff in Timber Town and this town ain’t big enough for two. Let’s see who will reign supreme when the smoke clears as we go full board with this cedar/composite head to head.

 

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Durability

One of the most important aspects of any decking project is durability. After all, who wants to spend a hefty chunk of savings on a deck that won’t last?

Both cedar and composite have built a solid reputation as a sturdy surface – but which one has the ability to outlast the other?

 

Cedar

Cedar wood has often been heralded as naturally durable, with organic resistance to rot, decay and pests. It’s also said that cedar doesn’t easily warp or split, making it a great natural option – in theory.

However, this viewpoint is conveniently overlooking the fact that, in order for a cedar deck to boast these qualities, it will require extensive (and repeated) treatment and maintenance throughout its lifetime.

The truth is that, when it comes to hard-wearing wood, cedar is unlikely to win gold. Cedar has even been known to dry out if kept in areas of shade, leading to issues both practically and aesthetically.

While it can be long-lasting with the right conditions, maintenance and care, it’s an inherently soft wood that can be easily scratched or dented. If you have pets, kids or are generally a clumsy oaf, cedar won’t be very forgiving.

 

Composite

By contrast, composite is built specifically with durability in mind. Each individual deck board is designed to last and maintain its stellar appearance year-round for years to come.

We use the highest quality materials to ensure your deck is up for the task at hand, however you want to enjoy it. Capable of withstanding sunshine, spills and seasonal soaks, as well as scratches and abrasions, our capped composite decking is engineered for longevity.

At TimberTech, most of our products come with a 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover included in that protection. We’re confident in our materials and their reliability, and are happy to offer an extensive guarantee to back it up.

 

Sustainability

As we head deeper into the 21st century, environmental impact is a topic that has become an increasingly important part of the public consciousness.

From recycling to renewable energy, green solutions are a big point of discussion. How do cedar and composite decking fair in this eco-friendly equation?

 

Cedar

Manufacturing methods of wood-products produce fewer toxins and greenhouse gases than most traditional man-made materials, such as steel and concrete. Cedar is also biodegradable and said to have a negative greenhouse effect, removing harmful gases from the atmosphere.

In addition to that, it’s often pointed out that cedar wood is a renewable material. However, while it’s true that cedar trees are renewable, many pro-cedar deck specialists like to gloss over the fact that it takes literally decades for these trees to mature. Felling a tree for deck timber could potentially require half a century of time to provide a substitute.

 

Composite

Deforestation has had a two-fold effect on cedar trees internationally, particularly in Lebanon – a country that bears the cedar tree on its national flag. The widespread felling of trees has contributed to global warming and the subsequent climate change has now hindered the cedar trees ability to regenerate.

Fortunately, we take environmental health very seriously at TimberTech and strive to maintain an eco-friendly process across the board, from our waste management plan to the composition of the boards themselves, all the way to our product packaging.

Each composite decking board is made of up to 73% recycled materials, reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfills by 90%. Better still, 99% of waste material created during the manufacturing process is reclaimed – we even recycle the water used with a closed-loop water system.

While composite decking can be more expensive, it’s a real investment in a product that not only lasts a lifetime without the need for replacement, but it’s also an investment in the environment around you as well.

 

Maintenance

While the rest of this comparison may be somewhat neck and neck, with measurable benefits to each, the topic of maintenance is far more cut and dry. When it comes to maintenance, composite is king – all hail the king!

 

Cedar

As a natural wood, cedar will age organically over time unless properly maintained. In order to keep your deck looking in tip-top shape, it’s going to require a lot of TLC. Worse still, this process is one that will need to be done repeatedly throughout its lifetime.

Failure to treat your cedar could result in premature ageing that can even lead it to deteriorate to the point of requiring replacement. This is particularly applicable when used for ground-level decking where cedar tends to degrade more rapidly.

From seasonal care for weather-proof protection to aesthetic care like staining and sealing, cedar decking is only as good as your maintenance. Lack of attention shows and ultimately can leave your deck unfit for purpose.

 

Composite

Unlike cedar wood, composite decking is specifically designed to maintain its looks long into the future with virtually no maintenance required.

Engineered to last without consistent upkeep from the owner, composite decking from TimberTech is designed to resist fading, staining and abrasions, ensuring it keeps its fresh look and functionality from day 1 onwards.

Our composite decking boards will never require sealing, staining or painting. Once your deck is down, your worries are literally laid to rest.

 

So, there you have it: plenty of information to help you cedar wood through the trees and cap off your composite comparison. To learn more about composite decking, call TimberTech today on 029 2080 3756 or drop us a message online using the button below.

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Here at TimberTech, we are often asked how composite decking compares to other decking materials. With so many different decking options on the market, it can be difficult to determine which decking is the most suitable for your garden. In this blog, we take a look at ipe decking to find out what it is and how it compares to composite decking.

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What is Ipe Decking?

Ipe decking comes from a large species of timber trees called Handroanthus which are indigenous to Central America, Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Handroanthus trees are often kept as ornamental trees because they produce large and beautiful yellow flowers (as you can see here). Ipe decking has grown in popularity over recent years because it is incredibly hard, durable and naturally insect resistant.

Problems with Ipe Decking:

While ipe decking is one of the more durable natural wood options on the market, it is not without its problems.

  • It can be incredibly difficult to cut and work with because it is so hard and heavy.
  • It needs to acclimatise to your garden to prevent it from splitting or splintering over time.
  • Garden debris left on the surface of ipe decking will stain it. You will need to clean it regularly to prevent this.
  • In direct sunlight, the colour of ipe decking will fade quickly. To combat this, you need to frequently reseal the surface of the deck.

Why choose composite decking?

Composite decking is made using a combination of natural hardwood and polymer which means the finished boards have the natural charm of wood decking but don’t require any of the tedious preparation or maintenance.

  • Composite deck boards never need to be stained, sealed or painted.
  • The synthetic material in the boards prevents them from cracking and splintering like wood.
  • Composite decking is designed to be fade resistant, so it will look great for longer.
  • Composite decking looks just like real timber.

At TimberTech we offer lots of different styles and colours of composite decking, so there’s no doubt you’ll find one that complements your garden perfectly. Why not order 2 FREE samples and see the high-quality of our boards for yourself? If you have any questions, contact us today.

One of the fantastic aspects of TimberTech's composite deck boards is the longevity and durability that they provide. With the ability to last for such a long time, there is no wonder why we provide a 30-year warranty on all of our composite decking boards, ensuring both quality and reliability and giving you the ease of mind that you will not have to replace your deck soon after getting it installed.

To illustrate this, take a look at the infographic we have made to show the journey over the 30-year warranty. (click here to expand)

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We offer a 30-year warranty on our composite decking boards! But let's put that in real terms. Imagine a beautiful baby boy named Dec was born on the same day you TimberTech decking was fitted. A lot can change over the course of 30 years, but as you're about to see, TimberTech decking can stand the test of time!

6 Months 

Baby Dec is starting to learn how to sit up unsupported - The beautiful composite wood decking looks as good as the first day it was fitted

1 Years Old

Baby Dec is crawling and learning to walk! - Still looking 10/10 - the deck boards show no signs of damage or splintering

4 Years Old

Walking and talking, Dec is off for his first day of primary school - Your TimberTech deck is still looking great, plus it's slip-resistant which is ideal for kids

11 Year Old

Primary school all done and dusted, Dec is about to start secondary school - Still in tip-top shape. Guests frequently compliment your 'new' decking. You explain you've had it 11 years

17 Years Old 

Dec is revising for his A-levels and deciding what to study at uni - Your new deck endured a cold, snowy winter and still looks amazing

21 Years Old

Dec graduates from university and hosts a garden party to celebrate - Despite being tested by many parties and social events, your TimberTech decking is still beautiful and scratch-free

25 Years Old 

Dec has a new job and comes back home to visit with his girlfriend - A quarter of a century later, and your TimberTech decking is still free from splintering, warping and rot

30 Years Old

Now married, Dec and his wife bring home their child to see the family and play in the garden - Your TimberTech decking has been with you for a full 30 years and has continued to look great despite almost no maintenance duties!

All of our composite deck board products are available via FREE samples, to order yours, click on the sample button below to visit our sample page. If you have any questions regarding our range of composite deck boards then please do not hesitate to contact us today!

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We all dream of lazy summer days relaxing in the garden. And thankfully, summers in the UK seem to have become much brighter. This means many people are wondering about the best way to create an area where they can sit and enjoy the company of others. Decking has become a very popular choice and there are many different materials it can be made from. 


Composite decking is one of the best materials to use

VertiGrain 2 is one particular type of composite wood that is able to combine the look and beauty of real wood together with the durability and minimal maintenance composite wood products require. Its surface has an attractive grain that really makes it look and feel like wood. But there’s none of that time-consuming maintenance you’d expect if you chose hardwood or softwood decking. It also has a natural texture that mimics the appearance of real wood perfectly and it is also missing the repetitive V-pattern that immediately gives composite wood away. There are two different types of VertiGrain 2. One is grooved and compatible with the CONCEALoc® hidden fastening. Ungrooved boards are the other option and these are fixed using colour matched deck screws.

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