Plastic decking boards are a very popular choice amongst thrifty homeowners. Not only are they relatively cheap to buy, they're also quite easy to look after, requiring far less maintenance than traditional timber boards.
But don't reach for your wallet just yet, because the benefits of plastic are counterbalanced by a number of potentially deal-breaking drawbacks. Like any plastic product, plastic decking boards are not very environmentally-friendly; furthermore, they are prone to bowing and cracking over time, and they lack the authentic beauty that has helped hardwood decking to remain popular even as more practical alternatives have become available.
Happily, there is another way. The issues that plague plastic decking boards are almost completely absent from TimberTech's composite wood decking: our products are attractive, they're authentic-looking, they're eco-friendly, and they don't bow or crack (or splinter, rot, or warp for that matter).
And while the initial cost of composite decking is a little higher than that of plastic decking boards, the long-term benefits more than justify this. In fact, composite wood will almost certainly save you money in the long run; money that would otherwise have been spent on maintaining, repairing and - ultimately - replacing your garden deck can instead be spent on whatever will help you to enjoy your outdoor living space to the full.
Visit our Plastic Decking page to learn more about the difference between composite and plastic decking boards, or click here to order a free sample of TimberTech's high-quality, low-maintenance decking.
Many people think that composite decking and plastic decking are the same thing. Even Google, in its infinite wisdom, makes this mistake; search for 'plastic decking', and Google will act like you searched for 'composite decking' instead.
Note that 'composite decking' is in bold, as if that's what you typed in.
However, contrary to the belief of man and search engine alike, there are some MAJOR differences between plastic and composite decking. Today, we at TimberTech UK would like to take a moment to outline some of these differences:
- Materials - The most important difference between composite and plastic decking is as follows: plastic decking is made entirely of synthetic materials, while composite decking is made by combining real wood with cellulose materials and polyethylene. This means that, generally speaking, composite decking looks and feels more like genuine timber than plastic deck boards.
- Stability - Plastic decking is prone to bowing and cracking over time, making it one of the least sturdy decking options on the market. Composite decking tends not to have this problem; certainly, TimberTech composite decking is much longer-lasting than any plastic product, with a 25 year warranty for all residential installations.
- Price - Composite decking products generally cost a little more than plastic decking, and in fact, the low price of plastic decking is probably the main reason for its enduring popularity. However, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to decking; you may save money in the short term by choosing plastic over composite decking, but you'll spend a lot more on repairs and (eventually) replacements in the long run.
The difference between plastic decking and composite decking is essentially a question of quality: both products are impressively low-maintenance compared to traditional timber boards, but composite decking is a higher-quality product that lasts longer and comes far closer to emulating the appeal of real wood.
Visit our Plastic Decking vs. Composite Decking page for more information on this topic, or click here to order a free sample of TimberTech's composite decking now!
If you are looking for a modern and contemporary flooring solution that requires no maintenance whatsoever, we really can't recommend our Grey plastic decking boards enough!
A quick glance through the various colour options of our plastic decking boards shows some beautiful and striking tones, but if you want something completely unique and effortlessly-cool you have to consider Grey. As well as being sleek, silvery, and striking to the eye, our Grey decking comes in three different varieties depending on the effect, finish and fit you desire.
Whether you want to breathe some life into a more traditional house by giving it a contemporary deck, or find the perfect outdoor flooring surface for your swanky and stylish apartment, you can guarantee these Grey boards will transform your area - and that's not even the best bit!
The greatest thing about these plastic decking boards - as with all of our decking - is that unlike timber, our composite has the weather-resistant properties which will make it a doddle to maintain. We're talking scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, frost-resistant, slip-resistant, and with a 25 year guarantee your beautiful new deck is going to resist the usual signs of ageing and weathering all other materials will inevitably face.
So if you're looking for a thoroughly modern deck with classic good looks, our Grey composite decking is the one for you.