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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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Here at TimberTech UK, we pride ourselves on being the composite deck experts. We truly believe that composite products are the best available option when it comes to decking, and we’re always happy to back that belief up with facts! We get asked quite a few questions about composite wood and the way it works, so allow us to put some of the more common concerns to bed...

Isn’t composite decking expensive?

While it’s true that softwood decking is a little cheaper than the products you’ll get from us, it’s worth bearing in mind that cheap decking isn’t always good decking. Inexpensive wood decks may save you some money now, but you could well end up spending that money (and more besides) on maintenance and repair further down the line. Composite decking costs more to begin with, but it requires a lot less looking after, and this will save you cash in the long run.

I don’t want my deck to look plastic and fake.

Don’t worry, it won’t! We understand that appearances are important, and we find the natural wood look just as appealing as you do. That’s why we only stock deck designs that look as close to wood as possible – if you’re concerned that your garden deck will look unpleasantly artificial, take a look at our various photo galleries and they should (hopefully) convince you otherwise.

Is it difficult to install?

Composite decking installation is actually reasonably straightforward, but don’t worry if you’re not big on DIY – TimberTech’s experienced installation team will gladly build your deck for you.

What if my deck starts rotting or decaying?

Well, that shouldn’t happen – one of composite decking’s big selling points is its durability – but if it does, don’t panic. All TimberTech decks (except for commercial installations) come with a 25 year warranty as standard, and that even carries over to the new owner if you decide to up sticks and move house. Our decks are designed to last for decades, and we’d be just as shocked as you if your deck started falling apart!

If you have any further questions about composite decking, check our FAQ page or give us a call on 029 2037 1584. We’ll do whatever we can to allay any fears you’ve got left!

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