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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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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.

There are all kinds of different decks on the market, and if you're new to the world of garden decking then you might feel a little overwhelmed. The wide variety of available decking products can be roughly divided into two categories - let's call them 'Natural' and 'Synthetic' - but even when you've made a decision on that front, there will still be plenty of other decisions for you to make.

So let's say you've decided on synthetic decking. These materials may not look quite as authentic as real wood decking, but they require far less maintenance and you're keen to keep the hard graft to a minimum. But there's more than one way to do an artificial deck; you'll have to choose between plastic decking, PVC decking and, of course, composite decking.

But what, you may be wondering, is the difference? The decking novices in the audience might not even know what composite decking is, so allow us to explain. Unlike plastic and PVC decks, which are entirely artificial, composite decking is made of a wood/polymer blend to give a more natural appearance. It's semi-synthetic decking, with all the low-maintenance properties of plastic products and all the organic-looking beauty of wood.

That's why we think composite decking is the best choice when you're looking for a synthetic deck. In fact, we think that composite is the best decking material in general! If you'd like to see and feel some of our composite decking before you make a purchase, we'd strongly recommend ordering a free sample. We're pretty certain you'll be impressed!

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