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If you're someone who likes the idea of natural wood but can't face the hours of upkeep it demands, you're in the right place! Here at TimberTech, we offer a wide range of composite decking that's been manufactured to look and feel just like real wood but requires a fraction of the maintenance. 

People often ask us - which composite decking looks the most like real wood? We have some composite deck boards that look more like wood than others, mostly due to the colour of the boards. So, if you want to see which of our composite decking ranges look most like real wood, just keep reading.

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One of the easiest ways to bring your outdoor area to life is to fill it with a wide variety of plants and flowers. This time of year, just before spring, is the perfect time to sow some seeds and watch them flourish. So, if you're interested in adding some plants and flowers to your decking, but you don't know where to start, just keep reading.

how to decorate your deck with plants

Which plants should you grow on your decking?

Whether you're a green-fingered plant parent or not, one of the most fundamental things to think about when you're choosing plants is the amount of available light. When you're deciding which plants would be best suited to your deck, start by thinking about the position of your deck in the garden. Is it in a shaded area or does it get a lot of sun for most of the day? 

Most plants will thrive in the sunshine, but there are some plants that may become scorched if they're sat in the sun for too long (particularly in summer). Here are a few plants for you to consider, depending on whether your deck is bright or shaded.

Shaded Decking

Shaded decking lends itself as a wonderful home for shade-loving perennials. These plants don't require too much sunlight to thrive but will certainly add some texture and colour to a darker area of your garden.

begonias

  • Lysimachia congestiflora (Creeping Jenny) - This plant has pretty yellow flowers and thick green foliage. 
  • Begonias (shown above) There are a few different varieties of begonias, all of which thrive in pots.
  • Heucheras - These perennial plants provide colour all year round. If you combine different species you can create a beautiful patchwork effect.

Bright Decking

Decking that sits in direct sunlight for most of the day is a great spot for sun-loving plants! These plants need a bit of extra care because the soil can dry out quickly. Have a watering can ready if you want to decorate your deck with these plants.

lavender

  • Artemisia (Silver Mound) - Known for its delicate foliage, this plant is able to retain its shape and colour, even during the warm summer months.
  • Lavender (shown above) - This well-known plant has a relaxing aroma and bright purple flowers that will look beautiful on your deck. It thrives in bright, warm conditions.
  • Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) - This species is one of those great, basically un-killable plants. it has colourful flowers loves to live in the sunshine.

One of the greatest ways to decorate your deck with plants is to create a planter made of composite decking. We've helped lots of our customers incorporate a planter into their deck designs and the results are always stunning. Once your planter is in place, you'll be able to curate your very own flower garden or grow a variety of herbs, fruit and veg! 

composite decking planter

The benefit of using high-quality composite decking is that it won't rot, warp or fade over time. This means your new garden planter will look just as good as the rest of your deck for years to come. 

If you'd like to incorporate a planter into your deck design, get in touch with the TimberTech team. This is an innovative way to decorate your deck with plants and get it looking bright and lively in time for spring.

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We sell a wide variety of composite decking products here at TimberTech UK, and each one has its own unique style: from the traditional look of Reliaboard Cedar to the sleek, futuristic design of EasyClean Terrain+ Silver Maple, we really do have something for all tastes.

The most recent addition to the TimberTech catalogue is our EasyClean Legacy range, which consists of two different styles and emulates the rich, luxurious appearance of tropical hardwood decking. Of course, since the boards are actually made of polymer resin and recycled wood flour, they're far more eco-friendly than genuine tropical wood products, but rest assured they look every bit as good as the real thing!

And if you don't believe us, well, take a look at these photos:

Tigerwood decking

This deck was built using our EasyClean Legacy Tigerwood boards. Their sumptuous-looking surface makes the perfect foundation for this luxurious outdoor seating area.

 

 Mocha decking

This deck combined our Tigerwood boards with EasyClean Legacy Mocha decking, which is used to create eye-catching accents. Also seen here are some of our deck lighting products - these help to make the deck usable even after dark.

 

Tropical deck with bench

Finally, here's another deck that blends two colours to fabulous results. Note the bench at the rear of the deck - this was also created using composite wood from TimberTech.

Click here to learn more about our EasyClean Legacy range, or give us a call on 029 2037 1584 to request a quotation for your decking project.

Roof terrace with VertiGrain Cedar decking

If you’ve got some flat roof space that you’re not using...well, why aren’t you using it? A flat roof conversion is a great way to give yourself a little more space, and with summer on its way, now is the perfect time to create that spectacular new outdoor area.

And if you are doing up the roof, TimberTech’s roof decking is the perfect choice of material. Slip-resistant, weather-resistant, and beautiful in any environment, our high-quality composite decking is simply ideal for roof terraces and balconies, and when the weather warms up (as it hopefully will soon) those stunning deck boards will feel magnificently toasty underneath your bare feet.

So don’t let your roof space go to waste! Get it decked out with TimberTech and grab this summer with both hands. It’s March now – the days are already getting longer and warmer, but there’s still plenty of time to create a beautiful roof terrace where you and your friends can relax and enjoy the sun.

Want a closer look at our beautiful composite decking? Click here to request a free sample pack – you’ll get two decking samples (in whichever colours you choose) and a full-colour brochure that shows off exactly what our products can do!

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!

 

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