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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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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.

If you’re thinking of adding a deck to your garden, there are several different materials you can choose from. Wood, plastic and composite decking all have different properties – but which is the most environmentally conscious choice?

Environmental Impact

Traditional hardwood decking is quite a poor choice if you want to minimise the environmental impact of your new deck. Most hardwood deck boards are made from tropical timber, and as you’ve probably heard, Earth’s tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. Wood decking is a product of deforestation, and some of the sealants used to protect wooden deck boards contain potentially harmful chemicals and compounds.

So perhaps plastic decking is a greener option? Well, plastic boards don’t require any trees to be chopped down, but like any plastic product, they take an awfully long time to decompose. Once your plastic boards start to bow and crack – and that’s something that can happen to plastic decking quite quickly – you’ll have to replace them, and the old decking will most likely end up in a landfill.

How Green is TimberTech Composite Decking?

Here at TimberTech, we sell composite decking that, in our opinion, is a much greener choice than wood or plastic. Our boards contain recycled polymers and all-waste hardwood which comes from the furniture and flooring industries – wood that would otherwise be thrown away. Not a single tree is cut down to make TimberTech decking, and in actual fact, our manufacturing process keeps thousands of tonnes of wood out of landfill every year.

Read More: What Makes TimberTech Decking Environmentally Friendly?

Additionally, our boards and our packaging are 100% recyclable. The decking is formaldehyde-free, and it never needs to be stained.

And that’s why we think TimberTech is the most environmentally-conscious decking material on the market.

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If you’re looking at decking for your garden, there are so many choices these days. Should you go for hardwood or softwood, or choose PVC or plastic, and what about composite decking?

They all have their positives and negatives. Real wood looks lovely, but you can spend an awful lot of time and money making it stay looking good, plus there’s the environmental impact of chopping down all those trees and using chemicals to treat it.

With PVC or plastic, you get little or no maintenance. However, it’s not that great to look at and can warp and fade after a few years in the great outdoors.

Enter composite decking, which is what TImberTech is. Composite has the beautiful, natural look of real wood but with the low maintenance properties of PVC or plastic.

Here are four very good reason why composite is a great option for garden decking:
 

1.     Environmentally friendly
Our decking boards and handrails are made from reclaimed wood that would otherwise end up in landfills. Each year, we keep over 45 million  
kilograms of wood waste out of landfills.

2.     Virtually maintenance-free
Unlike traditional wood decking, TimberTech will never need sanding, painting or sealing. All it needs to keep looking great is an occasional jet   
wash.

3.     Slip-resistant
When it rains TimberTech doesn’t retain water like traditional wood does. Even after a British downpour, within half an hour your decking will be 
completely dry again. And a dry surface means less chance for mould and algae to build up, thus leading to slip-resistant boards.

4.     25-year guarantee
We’re so confident that our products will stand the test of time that they come with a 25-year guarantee – that’s a lot of summers to relax on your    
decking and enjoy your outdoor space.

And if you’d like to find out more about why you should choose composite decking, have a look at some of our articles, which cover TimberTech’s eco credential, low maintenance properties and all-round fantastic benefits!

So get your FREE sample today to discover the benefits of TimberTech or give us a call today on 029 2037 1584.

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