Since I started TimberTech UK over 6 years ago it has been amazing to watch the evolution of our TimberTech garden decking products. Our garden decking range has developed into a collection of stunning, low maintenance products that truly mimic wood’s beauty. Behind the scenes, another change that has been exciting to contribute to is our sustainability movement.
In addition to using recycled materials in our garden decking and in other products, we have been busy with some incredible environmental initiatives. I would like to share a few interesting examples.
- In the past two years TimberTech has reduced the waste it sends to landfills by over 90% by recycling old material into its garden decking.
- Every day TimberTech reclaims and reuses over half a million litres of water, equivalent to the amount used by 2021 average households.
- Since 2009 TimberTech has reduced electrical consumption by enough to supply power to 164 households annually.
- Last year 332 tons of material was recycled, equivalent to the annual rubbish of 161 average families.
These are a few reasons I am proud to be part of the TimberTech Team, and some extra reasons to select a product that you can feel proud of too.
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We’re officially in the midst of winter. The weather is cold and the snowy weather here! I recently came across an article on eHow about deck winterization. You’ll notice when you’re reading through these tips that the winter effects on a TimberTech deck are much less cumbersome than a wood deck. In fact, because TimberTech never needs to be stained or sealed, you can eliminate some of the steps altogether – making TimberTech live up to its brand promise: Less work. More life.
TimberTech does not require any specific winterization tips. However, as mentioned in the article, removing all pots, planters, and debris – such as branches, leaves, dirt or pebbles that have accumulated can also help reduce the risk of moisture buildup and staining on a TimberTech deck. Now that winter has hit and your deck may be buried, you can remove any of the snow and ice by using either rock salt or calcium chloride. These will not damage the surface. These products may, however, leave a white residue, which can be removed by either rinsing with water or using a mild soap/water solution. Also, remember to use care not to damage your deck surface when shovelling off the snow or ice. Plastic shovels work well for this. Avoid shovels that have a metal leading edge. For TimberTech’s full care and cleaning, instructions see our care and warranty section
by Neil Orpin
TimberTech Deck Installer
If you are considering installing composite decking, you should fully understand the costs associated with it. Yes, in most cases, composite decking boards are more expensive than wood. If you are comparing it to a pressure treated deck, then composite decking boards can be significantly more expensive. There is much more, however, to deck ownership than just comparing the cost of deck boards.
The cost for the sub-structure and labour should be the same whether you build with wood decking or composite decking. The primary cost difference is the deckboards. So, don’t quote me here, but you can assume that TimberTech deckboards are over three times the cost of softwood decking, but very similar in cost to hardwood deckboards.
Many people think that TimberTech composite decking is expensive when compared to softwood. Not really. When you factor in the same cost to build and the same cost of the understructure, the difference could be more like 40% more to own a TimberTech deck.
Now, let’s talk about the cost to maintain a timber deck. A timber deck needs to be cleaned and stained EVERY year. I am sure you value your time. With a full time job and a family, time is something that you wish you had more of. It can easily cost £100 to properly treat your timber deck if you do it yourself and even more if you have it done for you! Now, we are quickly starting to close that gap between the cost of timber decking and our composite decking – TimberTech composite decking never needs staining!
Meanwhile, the typical timber deck only has a life span around 10 to maybe 15 years (if you don’t miss a year on the staining and protecting!). Incredibly, our composite decking has a warranty for 25 years and could last even longer than that.
To make the decision easier, if you sell your home, you could get a higher return on your investment if you build with composite decking. In fact, I have seen estimates around 70% return on your investment.
Still trying to decide? It seems to me like the question might not be “can you afford to buy composite decking” but “can you afford not to buy composite decking?”