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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.

Ipe Tree

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.

Not all composite decking is alike; in fact, quality varies hugely from supplier to supplier. Our composite decking comes with an impressive 30-year warranty as standard, whereas other products on the market might not even last until Christmas!

What's the difference between good and bad quality composite decking? 

One reliable indicator of quality can be seen in the body of the deck board: solid composite decking boards tend to be of a much higher overall quality than hollow boards. 

Hollow composite decking may seem like a great choice at first. It's usually a lot cheaper than solid decking and it can look perfectly good on the surface. But the difference in quality lies beneath the surface.

Hollow deck boards have relatively poor structural stability. Solid decking, on the other hand, has a higher density and weight that makes it durable and long lasting

Solid Composite Decking Board

A few things to bear in mind:

  • Solid decking boards have greater load-bearing capabilities.
  • Hollow boards can be noisy underfoot.
  • Over time, hollow decks can start to bow and crack under pressure.
  • While hollow decking may be cheaper at first, repairs and maintenance may well leave you out of pocket in the end.

Solid composite decking boards are the right choice if you want strong, stable, long-lasting decking that looks great and delivers outstanding performance.

All of the decking we supply at TimberTech is high-quality solid composite decking. Choose from a huge selection of decking including our stunning EasyClean Tropical Range, our Reliaboard Range and our Vertigrain 2 Range - all of which look just like real wood and require a fraction of the maintenance.

However, if you're working with a limited budget and you've decided you want hollow decking, our sister site DeckPlus has a variety of hollow deck boards to choose from - as hollow products go, they're the best around!

To see and feel the quality of TimberTech's solid composite decking for yourself, order 2 FREE samples today, or if you have any questions about our solid decking, call 029 2080 3756 to speak to a member of our team.

EasyClean Edge Decking from TimberTech

Unique Scalloped Profile and Three-Sided Cap

What makes EasyClean Edge decking unique from other decking products we offer is its scalloped profile and distinctive three-sided cap. The scalloped profile offers reduced board weight without affecting the structural integrity of the boards, while the three-sided cap protects the composite core of the decking from water damage by repelling water.

Beautiful Appearance

The decking in our EasyClean Edge collection offers rich opaque colour and a straight wood grain pattern that mimics high-quality wood. EasyClean Edge decking comes in two stunning colours, Dark Teak and Maritime Grey, both of which are pigment rich and sure to complement any garden or outdoor living area.

When you choose EasyClean Edge decking, you also have the choice between grooved or ungrooved boards. If you choose grooved boards, they can be installed using our CONCEALoc® hidden fasteners, a great option if you want to achieve a flawless finished look. Alternatively, ungrooved boards can be installed using our colour-matched screws.

Why choose EasyClean Edge Decking?

Whether you choose Dark Teak or Maritime Grey EasyClean Edge decking, you will benefit from an extraordinary 25-year warranty with fade and stain cover that guarantees your boards will look and feel great for years to come. This means, once they are installed, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your decking – stress-free!

To find out more about EasyClean Edge decking or to request two FREE samples, simply click the links below. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to a member of our team about EasyClean Edge decking, give us a call on 029 2080 3756.

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The best way to be ready for those first glorious days of spring is to get your garden ready in advance! Because you chose to purchase TimberTech composite decking, the amount of maintenance your decking needs at this time of the year is very minimal compared to others.

Clean your decking

While TimberTech composite decking is incredibly low-maintenance, there's no harm in giving it a little freshen up before spring! We recommend giving it a quick sweep to remove any surface debris and remove stubborn dirt with a powerwash. Your decking will look brand new, and ready for a spring makeover!

New accessories 

The best way to give your outdoor area a refreshing new look for spring is to invest in some new furniture and accessories or dig out the ones you put away before winter and give them a good clean. Some garden accessories you could invest in include:

  • An outdoor table
  • A BBQ
  • An umbrella or carousel 
  • Decorative lights
  • An outdoor heater (great if you plan to host parties late into the night)

Flowers, flowers, flowers!

Flowers love spring and we love flowers! There are so many gorgeous varieties of flowers for you to choose from that there's no need to leave your garden looking barren after winter. If you don't have a lawn or flower bed in your garden, you could hang hanging baskets around your home, or purchase some big, free-standing planters to decorate your decking with. 

If you're looking for a gorgeous variety of flower that's easy to grow, why not try sunflowers, sweetpeas or marigolds?

 If you don't currently have a TimberTech deck installed in your garden, what are you waiting for? A decked area is a perfect place to enjoy those sunny spring days and host parties late into the long and bright evenings. As we have discussed, TimberTech composite decking requires minimal maintenance making it a stress-free investment for all seasons! Enquire about TimberTech decking by heading over to our site:

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We share our gardens with a plethora of wildlife creatures, from birds and bees, right down to woodlice and trees– they all visit or make their homes in our outdoor areas. It’s our duty to take them into consideration when we create our gardens.

If you are someone who loves gardening and conservation then TimberTech decking is an excellent choice for you. Our decking is made in an eco-friendly and sustainable way and it requires little to no maintenance so you’ll have plenty of time to improve and enjoy other areas of your garden.

We want you to incorporate your decking into a flourishing and eco-friendly garden so we’ve put together a couple of ideas to inspire you.

Give plants a new lease of life in a decking planter

One of our favourite design features for any decked area is a planter created using decking! Planters provide valuable space for preserving established plants that you had to remove when installing your decking, but they can also give life to new plants and flowers too. Planters are at a convenient height for people who struggle to tend to ground level flower beds and are guaranteed to look great with minimal effort.

The picture you see here shows a planter made of decking that has been integrated into a bench design too. Using the same decking to create multiple features throughout your garden creates a polished look and also saves you buying unnecessary extra materials – making your garden even more eco-friendly!

Be conscious of the bees

Since you’ll have so much spare time to tend to your garden once you’ve installed your low-maintenance TimberTech composite decking, why not try your hand at creating a garden home for bees? Any type of shelter you can provide with small holes for them to explore will suffice. Bamboo and wooden are a great choice of materials for this project and won’t harm the environment. Get creative and add a bee home to your eco-friendly garden, then sit back, relax on your deck and watch the bees enjoy!

Feed the birds

Whether you’re an avid or part-time bird watcher, you can do your bit for the birds by introducing bird feeders and water tables to your decking. Bird feeders are a great way of attracting unusual and interesting species of birds for you to look at, and giving them a little extra calorie boost is sure to help struggling populations grow! You can make a bird feeder using pretty much anything, recycle an old bottle tray or dish and simply fill it with bird feed and watch the birds flock!

Give hedgehogs a home

In the winter, hedgehogs need a place that they can safely hibernate. Now that you’ll have plenty of time to get creative, why not create a hedgehog shelter in a shaded area of your garden? These will be a great asset to your eco-friendly garden all year round – providing a place for hedgehogs to rest out of the sun, breed and sleep in summer.

Do these ideas make your keen to get out and enjoy your garden? Why not speak to our 3D design team about creating an image to show you how your garden would look when once completed, for FREE! Click the button below to request a 3D deck design.

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