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When it comes to choosing the right material for your outdoor deck you are inundated with different options. The decision-making process can be a little overwhelming: do I want PVC, plastic or composite decking? What are they and what is the difference between the three? This guide aims to answer all of your questions about PVC, plastic and composite decking, helping you find the right decking material for your project with ease.

Plastic Decking

The primary benefit of plastic decking is its low-maintenance nature. This synthetic decking option requires little to no looking after, and once it’s laid down your job is pretty much over. Having said this, plastic decking cannot provide the gorgeous natural look and feel of natural wooden decking and often comes in a limited shade range, so while you might be getting a low-maintenance decking choice you are likely compromising the aesthetic qualities of your garden too.

  • Low maintenance option
  • Not as aesthetically pleasing as wood/composite
  • Water resistant but slippery in wet conditions

PVC Decking

PVC decking is considered to be slightly more sophisticated than plastic decking (despite it coming under the plastic family). It is made entirely from polyvinyl chloride, an incredibly hard and strong plastic, so requires little to no maintenance after installation. PVC decking offers significant fade, stain and mould resistance and a number of varying colour options providing a more diverse choice than plastic decking, but still doesn't have the gorgeous wooden deck feel that most people prefer. 

  • Likely to be the most expensive option
  • Artificial finish
  • Water resistant but slippery in wet conditions

Composite Decking

Composite decking is made partially from plastic but contains a blend of wood and polymer to imitate the gorgeous earthy tones of wood decking with the moisture resistance of plastic decking. As well as looking the part, composite decking is easy to maintain and is close to natural wood in the way it feels underfoot - providing excellent grip! It is an environmentally-friendly option, with its wood and plastic components often saved from landfill sites. Composite decking is often easier to work with and install than plastic decking because it behaves more like wooden decking. 

  • Easy to work with
  • Excellent slip-resistance and moisture resistant
  • Similar in appearance to wood decking

So when it comes to choosing your garden deck, it might seem like you’re inundated with choice, but really, there is only one answer: composite decking. If you’re still not entirely convinced then why not browse our composite decking range, order a sample and observe and feel the high-quality and aesthetically pleasing properties of TimberTech decking for yourself!

 

If your garden space is fairly small then you might worry about redecorating, feeling that your options are slightly limited. We’ve come across a number of people who had previously never considered decking due to their small outdoor space, but with TimberTech the options really are endless. Our composite decking can actually be fantastic for making your garden space seem significantly more spacious, and will add a polished and professional look to the exterior of your home, regardless of the space you’re working with!

TimberTech’s exquisite range of composite decking resists fading, weathering, rotting and warping, meaning it remains aesthetically perfect year after year. It is a non-slip and splinter-free surface which doesn’t require painting, staining or sealing! TimberTech’s garden decking is also backed with a 25-year residential warranty if our word isn’t quite enough!

If you’re looking for decking ideas for small gardens, we would recommend our VertiGrain 2 Garden Decking. The gorgeous pale grey colour creates a light and spacious atmosphere which is perfect for those looking to make the most of their relatively small garden space. The gorgeous grey colour is nice and neutral, meaning you can accessorise with any colour you wish!

VertiGrain Grey

If you were after a deeper, richer colour for your garden, then our beautiful EasyClean garden decking is the perfect choice for you. It gives you the warmth of traditional wood, without the hassle of maintenance. The deep, earthy tone will provide a seamless transition from the homely atmosphere found inside to your gorgeous garden.

If you want to transform your smaller garden into a real feature of your home, then why not opt for two contrasting decking colours to create a beautiful, eye-catching design? Below you can browse our Gallery for inspiration, or even just go right ahead and order your free sample! What are you waiting for?

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Swimming pool with composite decking

We're almost halfway through October now, and it's getting awfully chilly outside. If you, like us, are longing for summer to come back, perhaps these beautiful photos of our previous pool decking projects will help you to pretend that it's still July...

 

Decked pool area in Buckinghamshire

This stunning space belongs to a customer in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. It uses our cedar-effect decking, with a redwood picture frame built into the design for added effect.

 

Swimming pool at night

This stunning swimming pool is part of a multi-level garden design in Cockfosters, North London. Those are our deck lights around the edge of the pool!

 

Swimming pool garden in Cockfosters

The same pool again, this time by day. Beautiful! 

 

Garden design in Hawkhurst

Finally, we come to this pretty pool in Hawkhurst, Kent. This one uses our Chestnut decking, complete with CONCEALoc fasteners for the perfect finish.

Decking design and installation

We've always claimed to have the best composite decking, but supplying high-quality decking is only part of what we do! Where some composite decking companies will simply sell you a few packs of decking and leave you to get on with it, the TimberTech service goes much, much deeper. In addition to providing the deck boards, we're capable of making recommendations, creating unique designs, and even installation everything for you!

There's nothing more rewarding than seeing a decking project progress all the way from beginning to end. Customers call us on the telephone (and sometimes visit our decking showroom) to discuss the project they've got in mind and ask us if we can help. Sometimes, the plans will have already been drawn up and we'll just have to deliver the materials, but every so often we hear from somebody who want s the full TimberTech service.

And so the fun begins. The customer convenes with our in-house architect; they come up with a decking design - often something that really pushes the envelope - and establish which materials will be necessary to get the job done; we supply said materials, and sometimes, our deck installation team will head over to the site to make the design a reality!

If you're serious about getting the most from your outdoor living space, you need TimberTech's full package. Drop us a line today to discuss your project - we're sure to come up with some big ideas for you!

The options available here at TimberTech are almost endless, but we've recently realised that all the different products and designs we offer can be roughly separated into two categories: Traditional and Modern. We've got a variety of products that will help you to achieve an authentic, natural look in the garden, conversely, we also have all kinds of items that will contribute towards a sleek, contemporary-looking outdoor space.

So which style do you want - traditional or modern?

A Traditional Garden
If you want the charming, traditional effect, you'll want every inch of your outdoor space to look as natural as possible. We recommend using Reliaboard decking for your decked area - the flat-grain effect makes it look just like real wood, and choosing the cedar-coloured boards will ensure that everything looks pleasantly organic. For a truly traditional effect, consider adding our Ornamental Handrail, which is also available in Cedar so that everything will match.

A Contemporary Outdoor Living Space
So you want your garden to look cool and contemporary, do you? Most of our decking products are available in grey, giving you an astoundingly up-to-date look without compromising the naturalistic beauty of the composite wood. Combine the grey deck boards with either a stainless steel handrail or our cable rail system to finish off the look.

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