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Is Composite Decking Fireproof?

For those of you who are looking to add a new deck to your property, the chances of wanting a decking material that can stand up to elements are high. I mean, who wants deck that is going to fall apart at the first sign of a storm, right? Right. So, knowing whether or not your deck can withstand the challenges that Mother Nature brings is sure to be a huge selling point. One of the many questions that you may ask in that regard when looking to add a composite deck to your property is whether composite decking is fireproof, or at least fire-resistant, especially if you live in a climate where situations involving fires such as bushfires are a common possibility. Here, we explain how decking materials are tested and rated and whether or not composite decking is in fact fireproof.

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TimberTech composite decking is made through a mixture of natural hardwood powder and synthetic thermoplastics. In an attempt to make our manufacturing processes as sustainable as possible, the hardwood powder that we use consists of recycled fibre fillers and sawdust, with reclaimed wood that would otherwise go into landfills being used as a key component. In addition to these, we also include other ingredients such as lubricants, foaming agent and colouring that ensure the finished composite decking materials not only looks the part but is able to last for years to come!

After the hardwood powder, synthetic materials and additional ingredients are mixed together, they are then put through a mould, also known as ‘extruded’ into the desired shape. In order to create a natural and organic wood look, various techniques and processes are implemented. The two types of composite decking boards that we supply here at TimberTech are capped and uncapped which go through different manufacturing processes. The capped layer which provides extra protection to the boards is fully bonded to the substrate to prevent delamination.

The first process is called ‘extrusion’, which we have talked about above. The second process is ‘compression moulding’, where the combination of materials are placed on a wood grain mould and then compressed under extreme heat and pressure, resulting in a physical bond.

Composite deck boards can be created in a variety of shapes and styles; including grooved, ungrooved, solid and hollow. All of which are created through either one of the above processes. The shape of the finished boards is significant as these will determine the cost and the methods of installation. Hollow boards are often more budget-friendly than solid boards due to the decreased amount of materials needed and grooved boards are able to be installed without having deck screws drilled into the body, with hidden fasteners placed on either side and drilled into the supporting frame.

Why choose composite decking?

The end result is a beautiful-looking decking board that is stronger, lasts longer and offers incredible low-maintenance properties. The plastic components used in the creation process is what provides these low-maintenance qualities that will save you huge amounts of both time and money over the lifespan of your deck. Traditional timber decks require regular staining, cleaning and sometimes painting in order to look good, but not TimberTech’s composite decking. Our collection of composite deck boards come in a range of fantastic warranties, up to 30 years. Meaning you won’t have to replace for deck for three whole decades – amazing!

The processes used to make our composite decking board allows the use of recycled materials without compromising on quality. The fully protected capped boards ensure high resistance to fades, stains, scratches and abrasions so you can rest assured that your deck will look gorgeous for years to come, no matter the environment it’s in. You can browse and compare our entire collection of deck boards below!

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For more information on our range of composite decking or how our deck board are made, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the TimberTech team today. Don’t forget, you can order a FREE sample of our composite decking to see its beauty see it up-close for yourself

Choosing the right colour for your new TimberTech composite deck may seem challenging at first thought, due to the sheer size of the decision with the number of options available to you. Here at TimberTechUK for example, we have a total of 6 colour types, each consisting of different shades, tones and tints, resulting in a total of 16 different boards! So, it's completely understandable if you're standing there scratching your head trying to decide between teak decking and walnut decking, or Storm Grey and Maritime Grey! But you shouldn't let the selection intimidate you, there are a number of tips that help make choosing the right coloured deck a breeze; let's take a look.

 

Start with the basic colour groups 

Despite not knowing exactly which colour you'd like your new deck to be, chances are that you'll have a tendency to lean towards certain colour groups, so that is always the best place to start. You may, for example, love a natural wood look so are more tempted to go with a wood-like colour such as brown, or you may have a coastal home and want your deck to complement this with grey boards. Either way, grouping all of your options into clear segments such as 'Greys', 'Browns', 'Silver' or 'Whites' and picking which colour group you like best is guaranteed to make your decision process a whole lot smoother. 

 

Think about the colour of your home

Leading nicely from our previous point, your home is the biggest feature of your outdoor living space, so you'll want your deck to complement it! By choosing a complementary colour and tone, you will ensure that your deck has enough character of its own to stand out and be set apart from your home, whilst not making too much noise. Here are some of our recommendations: 

  • Home is yellow, beige, brown or tan - Any brown or grey decking will work
  • Home is red, grey or blue - Decking of similar colour or grey will work
  • Home is white - Any colour deck will work here

(Pictured - EasyClean Terrain Stone Ash)

 

Never underestimate undertones 

All decking colours have either warm or cool undertones, something which you may have learnt in school, whether you were successful or unsuccessful in doing so is another matter altogether. Anyway, according to the colour wheel, undertones of yellow, orange or red result in warmer colours and undertones of blue, green or violet result in cooler ones. Grey is considered to be a neutral colour, with undertones decidedly being both warm and cool (cool huh?). To ensure your decking and house colour are in harmony, we advise that you stick to either warm or cool undertones for both!

 

Consider sun exposure 

Another consideration to take into account is the amount of sun that your outdoor space is exposed to. This may seem like an odd thing to think about when it comes to choosing the colour of your deck, but it actually has a significant impact. Think about it like this. Any material that sits in the all-day sun will get warm. When you wear a black shirt, for example, you're likely to feel much hotter whilst sat in the sun than if you were wearing a white shirt. The same principle applies to your deck, regardless of manufacturer. If your deck is in an area that is exposed to the sun all day, every day, you may be better off opting for a lighter colour deck such as our EasyClean Legacy Vintage White. On the other hand, if you have a limited amount of sun exposure on your deck, a darker colour will be less of a concern.

 

Be unique 

If it's a bigger visual impact that you're trying to achieve, one thing you can think about doing is utilising more than one coloured board! For example, you can use one colour for your interior deck boards and a contrasting colour shade around the edges. This is a popular technique known as 'picture-framing' and is a fantastic way to add another dimension to your outdoor space that is guaranteed to catch the eye. Take a look at our installation video below to learn how to create this look! 

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Use our 3D design tool

We provide a FREE 3D design service that enables you to bring your outdoor living space ideas to life! One of the many great benefits of our design tool is that you're able to test out a selection of decking colours against various outdoor designs, giving you a clear and true idea of how our many composite decking colours will look in your garden. Again, there is absolutely no charge to use our 3D design service, so click the button below to learn more and start your deck journey! 

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Order a sample, or two

Using online tools and looking at galleries is a great way to see how our deck colours may look in your outdoor space, but they can never beat seeing our composite deck boards up-close in real life. Here at TimberTechUK, we offer you 2 free deck samples that you can choose from to see all of the natural beauty of our boards for yourself, giving you a clearer representation of how your choices will look against your home and surroundings. Consider ordering different colours and more than one style of board if you are unsure about which product will be best for you. 

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There's a lot of things that you can think about when it comes to selecting the correct colour deck for your home. Choosing the right board colour is a big decision, but one that doesn't have to be stressful when done in a systematic and thought about way. Remember the tips above and take advantage of all services that we have on offer to find the perfect match! 

For more information on any of our deck boards or services, call TimberTech on 029 2080 3756 or email info@timbertechuk.co.uk

 

When it comes to composite decking, two brands stand out from the rest as the pioneers and market leaders of composite deck boards; ourselves TimberTech and Trex. However, we believe that when it comes to choosing a composite deck for your home project, you shouldn't look any further than TimberTech and here are a number of reasons why.

Larger Product Range 

Unlike Trex, TimberTech offers an extensive range of composite deck options for you to choose from. In total, there are 5 different composite deck types available at TimberTech, each coming in 2-4 varying colour options. Trex on the other hand only offers 2 different types of composite deck. A larger deck and colour range is ideal as it provides customers with more options to choose from, with the ability to meet a plethora of design ideas as well as increasing accessibility to a wider scale of budgets. TimberTech offer quality composite deck boards at both ends of the scale, with their ReliaBoard and VertiGrain boards at the lower end and their EasyClean TerrainTropical and Legacy capped boards offering a premium option. This leads us onto our next comparable.

Materials & Capping

The way in which both brands manufacture their boards is similar. Both use a mixture of recycled wood fibres and plastics to produce the core of each composite deck board. However, the main difference between the two brands is in how they 'cap' their boards. Capped deck boards are coated with a resistant polymer wrap that protects the boards from all types of stains, fades, abrasions and most importantly moisture. Capping prolongs the life of a deck board significantly and the way in which TimberTech choose to cap the boards may be the biggest advantage we have over our competitors. 

Trex boards are capped only at the top surface, whereas TimberTech's composite boards are fully wrapped. What this means is TimberTech boards are wrapped in a full polymer sleeve, which completely seals out any moisture from breaking through and potentially causing damage to the board. When exposed to moisture, boards can absorb water which causes the decking to expand and contract which can cause the boards to split or warp. By TimberTech fully protecting their boards, they remove this possibility

Warranty

So, what happens if your boards to split or bow? There's no need to worry as both companies offer a warranty. Trex's warranty stands at 25 years, whereas, TimberTech's warranty stands at 30 years.

For these reasons, we believe that TimberTech is the one and only place to go for your composite decking. We cater to a larger amount of people, manufacture the best boards possible and ensure our customers can enjoy their deck for three whole decades. So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today if you require more information or click below to order your FREE composite decking sample.

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So, you’ve finally decided to go ahead and purchase composite decking from one of our stunning decking ranges, congratulations on a very wise investment! However, the decision making doesn’t end there. A host of questions still remain now that you have chosen the flooring option for your outdoor living space. To make things easier for you, we’re going to run through a few things that you may want to consider when building your deck.

Location

The location in your outdoor space where your deck is going to be built may already be determined before making your purchase, however, after deciding to choose our composite decking you may think that your new deck may be better suited within a different position. This could be due to our decking complimenting a certain feature or area in your garden, taking advantage of a specific view or to be more or less exposed to the weather and elements. All of these things may impact the location in where your deck may be built.

Installation

The way in which your new deck is going to be installed is another thing you may need to think about. If you have adequate DIY skills, you may decide that you can save time and money by installation your deck boards yourself. If you don’t possess the skills, however, you may decide to utilise our installation fitting service with our team of professional and friendly deck installers, allowing you to sit back and relax while your dream outdoor living space comes to life.

Design, Size & Shape

The design, size and shape of your new deck will be dependent on the location that you decide to build it. Once a decision has been made on where your deck will be built, you can then proceed with choosing the design. This is something that we can also provide assistance with our deck design inspiration and FREE 3D deck design service. Here you are able to view an array of deck designs, including a range of layouts and patterns and then watch see your design come to life by collaborating with our expert team of CAD designers.

Extras: Balustrades, Lighting & Steps

Basic platform decks are by far the simplest to build and offer a classic, clean appearance. If it’s an eye-catching deck that you’re after however, this is something that you may want to avoid. As a result, a multi-level deck may be the deck for you. If this is the case and your deck now sits higher than a few feet off the ground, a balustrade system and steps may be something worth considering. We offer a variety of balustrade, railing systems and steps that not only provide an extra element of safety but also add a stylish touch to your deck. If you plan on utilising your new outdoor space at all times throughout the day and night, installing deck lights may also be an added benefit, allowing and anyone else to see your beautiful new deck no matter the time.

These aren’t all the things that you need to consider when building your deck, but will definitely go a long way in helping you achieve your dream outdoor living space. If you require any further information or assistance with any of the mentioned points or services, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. Call us on 02920 803 756 or email us at info@timbertechuk.co.uk where a member of our customer service team will be more than happy to help.

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