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We at TimberTech truly believe that composite decking is absolutely the best choice on the market. However, a quick Google search for something like 'composite decking problems' reveals that the internet is full of people with harsh words for composite wood materials like ours. Some say that composite boards are overpriced and fake-looking, while others suggest that their quality is inferior to that of hardwood decking.

Well, we can't speak for all composite decking suppliers (indeed, we're well aware that many of the people in our industry sell very poor-quality products indeed), but we don't feel that any of these criticisms are applicable to TimberTech deck boards. Today, we'd like to address some of the most commonly-cited composite decking problems and explain why TimberTech customers needn't worry about a single one of them.

"Composite decking doesn't look as good as real wood."

Most of the people who make this point are referring to the idea that, since composite decking is partially made of synthetic materials, it loses some of the natural warmth and 'authenticity' of traditional timber decking.

Now, to be fair, many composite deck boards do look very cheap when compared to hardwood products; however, TimberTech's luxurious composite decking is specifically designed to emulate the beauty of natural wood as closely as possible. Our boards have textured finishes and an authentic-looking wood grain that's practically impossible to distinguish from the real thing; if you need proof, we suggest you take a look at our stunning wood-effect Reliaboard range:

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"Composite deck boards don't last as long as other materials."

Again, the veracity of this claim depends on the quality of the composite materials in question. Hollow composite decking is notoriously short-lived, often bowing and cracking within a few months of purchase; however, TimberTech's solid composite decking is far sturdier, which is why we offer a 25 year residential warranty with all of our deck boards.

 

"Composite wood materials scratch very easily."

Not ours! As mentioned above, our capped boards are far sturdier than most others, and decking from our EasyClean ranges even comes with a protective sleeve that's great at preventing scratches (as well keeping out moisture).

 

"Composite decking is overpriced."

Good-quality composite decking is rarely cheap, but it's unfair to call it 'overpriced'. You tend to get what you pay for with any type of outdoor flooring material, and you can rest assured that, however much money you might have saved on cheap, inferior deck boards, you would have ended up spending a lot more on repairs, maintenance, and - ultimately - replacing your boards outright. Paying that extra little bit for a top-quality product is a far more cost-effective decision in the long run, not to mention the fact that you'll save yourself a lot of hard work and elbow grease!

 

But enough about the (largely unfounded) complaints about composite decking - what are the benefits of composite wood boards?

If you're still not convinced, we'd be happy to send you a free sample of our composite decking to help you make up your mind!

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Traditional timber decking is not one of the safest of surfaces to walk on, particularly in cold and damp conditions. The grooved boards make it easy for dirt and water to settle, which contributes to a very slippery surface. 

While some decking companies will claim to offer 'non-slip' decking, we can tell you now that this is simply not true. Nothing can guarantee you from slipping on any surface.

Having said that, our slip-resistant decking strives to lower the risk of injury as much as possible, and we are proud to say it has achieved the best slip-resistant rating in both Britain and Europe (making it the closest thing out there to 'non-slip' that you will find)!

Two major contributing factors to the slipperiness of decking are power washing and mould; both of which penetrate the wood and open it up to damage, in turn making it even more slippery. Luckily none of these problems apply to TimberTech decking, which is specially designed to avoid these issues while remaining tolerant to heavy-duty cleaning. Our boards take in minimal moisture (less than 1.2% to be exact), and are also quick drying, typically taking 30 mins to dry after a wash or rain shower. This means that they are much less likely to remain damp and slippery for an extended period of time, and are also far more resistant to mould and algae issues.

While no decking can 100% guarantee that you have no chance of slipping on it, we feel pretty confident in saying that ours comes the closest to being able to back up that claim!

Plastic decking boards

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.

Decking balustrade options

Adding a balustrade to your garden deck is a great way to finish the look and make your outdoor space stand out. Balustrades can also improve the safety of your deck, particularly if it is raised above the rest of your garden.

We offer a number of attractive decking balustrade options here at TimberTech - which one will you choose?

Glass balustrade without handrail

Glass Balustrade (No Handrail)

Made of toughened glass and marine-grade stainless steel, this stylish decking balustrade is a very popular option amongst TimberTech customers. It looks absolutely fantastic, particularly alongside our more contemporary decking colours such as Silver Maple.

 

Glass balustrade and handrail

Glass Balustrade (With Handrail)

Our steel and glass balustrade is also available with a top handrail that rounds off the design rather wonderfully. The posts and handrail are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, so your balustrade will require just as little maintenance as your TimberTech deck itself!

 

Frameless glass balustrade 

Frameless Glass Balustrade

If your tastes lean towards the more minimalist end of the design spectrum, our frameless glass balustrade system will suit you right down to the ground. Those toughened glass panels are unfettered by steel posts and rails, allowing them to provide the perfect finishing touch without obstructing your view whatsoever. We also supply privacy glass if you'd rather people couldn't see through your decking balustrade.

 

Cable rail system

Cable Railing System

Finally, if glass isn't your thing, we'd like to introduce you to our best-selling cable rail system. This is a very sturdy option with a slightly more unusual look; the whole construction is made from 316 stainless steel, and the threaded holes are flow drilled for the strongest possible results.

If you'd like to enquire about any of our decking balustrade products, please click here to contact the TimberTech team.

If you want a truly terrific colour for your garden deck, TimberTech's tropical-looking Tigerwood decking (part of our EasyClean Legacy range) may well be just what you're looking for.  The attractive tan-coloured boards are flecked with dark lines and details, resulting in a very attractive product that's sure to make your new deck look exceptionally eye-catching.

But good looks aren't all our EasyClean Legacy Tigerwood decking has to offer. Since these boards are capped with a protective sleeve, you don't have to worry about them getting stained or degraded - if you spill anything on your Tigerwood deck, you'll simply be able to wipe it away, and those spectacularly warm colours won't fade away no matter how long you have them for!

If, by this point, the very thought of our Tigerwood decking is making you purr, you'll be pleased to hear that you can order a free sample of it right now - click here to request yours, or call TimberTech on 029 2037 1584 to learn more about what our products have to offer!

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