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If there’s one thing the USA is known for in the outdoor living industry, it’s its penchant for top-quality decking.

At TimberTech, we’re proud to say that all our decking is imported directly from the United States, upholding the lofty standards of American decking.

“What’s so good about American decking?” we hear you ask. Let’s take a digital leap across the pond and find out.

 

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God Bless America

According to an independent study by the Freedonia Group, decking is a $7.1 billion industry in the US, with sales in composite decking set to rise even further in the years ahead.

As a result of this healthy appetite for decking Stateside, the TimberTech name is internationally-recognised as a leading brand in the industry.

In fact, TimberTech was recently voted the number one ranked brand for quality US decking and railing in the 2019 Builder Brand Use Study and 2019 Remodelling Brand Use Report.

 

Why Choose American Decking?

The third biggest global wood product exporters in the world, America has long been a nation that has embraced its love of lumber, using its woodland resources for everything from housing and heating to furniture and flooring.

Needless to say, the US knows a thing or two about timber and, when it comes to the decking industry, America has the art of down to a science. That science has led them to revolutionise the industry with the composite decking we know and love today.

At TimberTech UK, we strive to maintain the high standards of our American counterparts with a product and service that brings American composite decking materials to UK shores. TimberTech UK uses American decking to give British homes the decking areas they deserve.

 

Benefits of American Decking

Fundamentally designed to withstand the demands of the outdoors, all of our imported American decking is slip, fade and abrasion resistant, built to last and maintain its aesthetic appeal for years to come.

In fact, we are so confident in the long-lasting composite materials used, TimberTech products come with a warranty of up to 30 years in length, giving you peace of mind to go with the feast for the eyes that graces your garden.

Whether you opt for solid composite decking or capped composite decking, when you use imported American decking from TimberTech UK, you’re using top-quality materials that look great, are durable as the day is long and in it for the long-haul.

 

For more information on the imported American decking used here at TimberTech UK, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Whether it’s the wear and tear of age rearing its ugly head or signs of shoddy workmanship coming back to bite with a vengeance, warning signs of unsafe decking can come in a variety of forms.

Keep you and your loved ones safe by getting clued up on these cautionary cues with this insightful look into signs of unsafe decking.

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How to spot signs of an unsafe deck

Unsafe decking can turn a chilled afternoon in the sun into a stressful afternoon in A&E instantly. As such, knowing how to spot the warning signs of a dodgy deck can be tremendously important.

Luckily, that’s where we come in! Here are two easy ways to spot an unsafe deck and prevent any decking disasters before they occur.

 

Get connected

When building a deck, metal connectors are required in key areas to keep your decking securely in place; e.g. post to beam, joist to beam, etc. Loose and corroded connectors can be a warning of bad things to come and a tell-tale sign that needs your attention ASAP.

Similarly, missing connectors can be a sign that metal connectors haven’t been used at all and connections have been made by simply nailing the wood together. If the wood rots, these nailed connections likely won’t hold and could turn your decking into a danger fast.

 

Touch wood

If you own traditional wooden decking, you can naturally expect your deck surface to show signs of age as the years progress and wear and tear takes its toll.

While treating the wood can help hold back the hands of time, it will merely be delaying the inevitable. Chances are, you will have to deal with one of these wood-related issues sooner or later.

 

Rotting wood

Rotting wood can see your once beautiful deck change colour, lose its looks and become dangerous all in one fell swoop. For instances like this, it can be easily detectable, characterised by softness, with surface wood capable of being scratched with a nail.

However, wood rot can also effect select areas of your boards that aren’t as easy to detect. Rotten wood within the framework – e.g. the posts, joists, etc. – can make your entire deck unstable, so be sure to check these areas particularly closely.

 

Cracked wood

Similarly, cracked wood can be just as dangerous, if not more so, depending on the extent of the crack. Splits can weaken the structure significantly and act as the literal chink in the armour of your decking.

Cracks are common in natural wood as it begins to age, making older decking a prime candidate for cracked woodwork. Worse still, numerous cracks can cause serious structural damage, presenting a veritable timebomb for the inevitable structural failure.

 

Slippery when wet

Slippery decking can turn your outdoor space into a scene from Home Alone in the time it take for a single shower to fall. However, it’s not actually the rain alone that makes the deck slippery. The slip/slide-factor is actually down to a form of fungus and mould that grows on the wood when its wet.

Characterised by a black staining, this fearsome fungus can form on traditional wood no matter what season it is, making wood decking a slip-hazard year-round if not properly cared for and maintained. Worse still, it can ruin your deck complete, damaging it beyond repair.

 

Why choose TimberTech?

One of the best ways to ensure your deck is safe and sound is to opt for composite decking over traditional wood. The state-of-the-art composite decking from TimberTech is designed for durability and safety, and is superior to standard wood decking in virtually every way.

Unlike the real-wood decking of yesteryear, TimberTech composite decking is extremely durable and resistant to a number of challenges that both the elements and life throw at it, from spills and scratches to sun and snow.

With slip-resistance and split-resistance as two of the main product features, you’re instantly protected from two of the main hazards related to decking. Meanwhile, the expert fitters at TimberTech can assure your deck will be firmly installed and well-connected from pillar to post.

 

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How long does composite decking last?

Axl Rose once said, nothing lasts forever… even cold November Rain. Sadly, this line also applies to composite decking and even the extremely long-lasting materials of TimberTech can’t quite claim to last forever.

Nevertheless, while our decking won’t last forever, they do last a considerably long time; most TimberTech decking ranges come with an impressively colossal 30-year warranty. With that kind of assurance, you can rest easy knowing that your decking is durable enough to withstand copious amounts of rain, be it November rain or otherwise!

 

For more information on TimberTech products and guarantees, call today on 029 2080 3756 and speak to one of our team personally. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch online using the button below.

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So, you’ve decided on a veranda – now what?

When you’re thinking about sprucing up your home with a sizeable addition to your property, it’s easy to overlook some of the equally big decisions that come with it. For would-be verandarers, choosing veranda decking is unquestionably one of those biggies.

Beautiful decking can enhance an otherwise unremarkable veranda design, while a poor choice of decking can ruin a beautiful veranda. On the other hand, if you knock it out of the park with both, you can create an outdoor environment that isn’t just an extension to your house but a true showpiece of your dream home.

 

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Types of veranda decking

When choosing veranda decking, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be torn right away between the choice of traditional timber and modern composite decking.

Classic vs contemporary; charm vs practicality; authentic vs cutting-edge. Decisions, decisions!

For us at TimberTech, there’s no choice necessary – it’s composite all the way!

Made from a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, composite blends old with new in a perfect cocktail of decking delight.

Not convinced? Here’s a closer look at why composite decking is the best choice for your veranda…

 

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Benefits of composite decking

Offering all the perks of modern technological advancement with all the allure of a genuine wood-look finish, composite decking is the perfect middle man between synthetic plastic decking and traditional wood.

Better still, composite decking provides a far more authentic aesthetic than plastic yet also requires less maintenance than wood – virtually no upkeep at all – bringing together the best of both worlds in one perfect package.

Best of all, it also comes with a variety of other bonuses that will keep your veranda looking sleek and sharp for longer. Unlike traditional wood decking, composite decking doesn’t warp or fade in the sun, nor will it bow or crack like plastic. Meanwhile, composite also offers better slip-resistance, which can be an invaluable quality if young children or elderly relatives will be using your veranda.

 

Composite decking vs capped composite decking

If you’re already convinced and you now have your mind set on composite decking, there is one more choice to consider.

Underneath the overall range of “composite decking” sits two sub-categories: standard composite and capped composite. Capped composite decking offers additional benefits on top of the existing perks of composite decking.

In addition to being durable, low-maintenance and fade resistant (as well as visually stunning), capped composite also has the added advantage of being protected by a moisture-resistant polymer sleeve.

The addition of the extra layer of polymer makes capped composite boards extremely stain resistant – an ideal attribute if you plan on wining and dining on your veranda. Any spills can be easily wiped clean without so much as a drop of evidence left behind.

 

Why use TimberTech composite decking?

At TimberTech, we use a unique recycling process to breathe new life into re-usable hardwood, creating strong, durable boards that maintain their authentic beauty. Natural-looking, long-lasting and high quality, our composite decking is eco-friendly as well as economical, giving you environmental peace of mind to go with your beautifully decked veranda.

While composite can be more expensive for the initial outlay, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment to be made. Hardwood fades, soft wood warps and plastic can be an artificial eye-sore. If you need to replace your decking for any of these reasons, the cost of a substitute can far outweigh the initial saving.

Our products are built to last and stay looking youthful along the way. The modern materials ensure they keep their finish for years to come even though they require minimal upkeep. They won’t need staining or sealing – an occasional clean is all they’ll need to keep their “just laid” shine.

 

Sound too good to be true? Give us a call on 029 2080 3756 to find out first-hand or use the button below to order a FREE sample and see for yourself!

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Our June sale has arrived!

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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We at TimberTech truly believe that composite decking is absolutely the best choice on the market. However, a quick Google search for something like 'composite decking problems' reveals that the internet is full of people with harsh words for composite wood materials like ours. Some say that composite boards are overpriced and fake-looking, while others suggest that their quality is inferior to that of hardwood decking.

Well, we can't speak for all composite decking suppliers (indeed, we're well aware that many of the people in our industry sell very poor-quality products indeed), but we don't feel that any of these criticisms are applicable to TimberTech deck boards. Today, we'd like to address some of the most commonly-cited composite decking problems and explain why TimberTech customers needn't worry about a single one of them.

"Composite decking doesn't look as good as real wood."

Most of the people who make this point are referring to the idea that, since composite decking is partially made of synthetic materials, it loses some of the natural warmth and 'authenticity' of traditional timber decking.

Now, to be fair, many composite deck boards do look very cheap when compared to hardwood products; however, TimberTech's luxurious composite decking is specifically designed to emulate the beauty of natural wood as closely as possible. Our boards have textured finishes and an authentic-looking wood grain that's practically impossible to distinguish from the real thing; if you need proof, we suggest you take a look at our stunning wood-effect Reliaboard range:

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"Composite deck boards don't last as long as other materials."

Again, the veracity of this claim depends on the quality of the composite materials in question. Hollow composite decking is notoriously short-lived, often bowing and cracking within a few months of purchase; however, TimberTech's solid composite decking is far sturdier, which is why we offer a 25 year residential warranty with all of our deck boards.

 

"Composite wood materials scratch very easily."

Not ours! As mentioned above, our capped boards are far sturdier than most others, and decking from our EasyClean ranges even comes with a protective sleeve that's great at preventing scratches (as well keeping out moisture).

 

"Composite decking is overpriced."

Good-quality composite decking is rarely cheap, but it's unfair to call it 'overpriced'. You tend to get what you pay for with any type of outdoor flooring material, and you can rest assured that, however much money you might have saved on cheap, inferior deck boards, you would have ended up spending a lot more on repairs, maintenance, and - ultimately - replacing your boards outright. Paying that extra little bit for a top-quality product is a far more cost-effective decision in the long run, not to mention the fact that you'll save yourself a lot of hard work and elbow grease!

 

But enough about the (largely unfounded) complaints about composite decking - what are the benefits of composite wood boards?

If you're still not convinced, we'd be happy to send you a free sample of our composite decking to help you make up your mind!

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