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With the rise in popularity of composite decking over recent years, it comes to no surprise that more and more homeowners are asking questions regarding its practicality, with one of the main queries surrounding its use in the warmer months. 

Homeowners that are considering installing composite decking in their outdoor spaces are asking the question, "does composite decking get hot in the summer?" With traditional wood decking known to absorb a fair amount of heat during hotter spells of sunshine, it makes perfect sense why people would ask the same question regarding its composite counterpart. If you're one of these people that are wondering whether composite decking gets hot in the summer, then you've come to the right place! The experts at TimberTech are here to help. 

In order to give an accurate answer to this question, however, a number of factors need to be considered as each has a degree of influence on how much heat gets absorbed and retained. These are the deck's exposure to sunlight, the colour of the deck boards and the type of composite decking used

Does Composite Decking Get Hot in the Summer?

Exposure to Sunlight 

All materials exposed to sunlight will absorb some degree of heat. That's a fact. Natural wood decking, however, can become too hot to walk on barefoot when it is exposed to the summer sun over a prolonged period of time. Not only that, once exposed to high temperatures, wood decking can also shrink, splinter and crack, posing bigger issues than just hot feet. Composite decking, on the other hand, can withstand such heat without the possibility of these additional hazards occurring. This is due to its state-of-the-art manufacture where highly reflective pigments are used to give composite deck boards their colour and fantastic heat-resistant properties.

When exposed to the sun, composite decking may warm slightly, but not enough to leave you searching for the closest pair of shoes or slippers! If this is something you'd rather avoid altogether, adding shade spots to your decking through canopies, carpets and cooling fans are great ways to ensure a cool walking surface regardless of the temperatures.  

 

Colour of the Deck Boards 

The next factor that influences how much heat composite decking absorbs is the colour of the actual deck boards. Just like clothing and other materials, darker colours tend to absorb more heat over time. Therefore, the darker your composite decking, the more heat it will absorb and the warmer it will become. Composite deck boards with a lighter surface tend to retain less heat in comparison to darker finishes. So, if you want to make absolutely certain that your composite deck will be as cool as possible during the summer, greys, cedars and whites are your best option. 

 

Type of Decking Used

The final factor that impacts the amount of heat retained by your composite deck is the type of decking you have installed. This may sound a little confusing at first because you're probably thinking "what do you mean what type of composite decking I use? I use composite decking!" Well, we know that composite is one form of decking, but you can also get different forms of composite decking too. That being capped and uncapped or hollow and solid.

Capped composite decking provides your deck boards with a protective polymer sleeve used to minimise the amount of water absorbed by your deck boards, but it also minimises the amount of heat your boards absorb. Therefore, capped composite decking may, in fact, absorb and retain less heat than uncapped boards. The same can be said with hollow deck boards too. The lighter your boards are in terms of weight and density, the less heat that will be absorbed and retained. 

 

All types of decking, when exposed to summer sun over long periods of time will absorb some degree of heat. Whether that's natural timber decking, IPE decking, plastic decking or composite decking. The latter, however, will definitely retain heat for the least amount of time as a result of the advanced technologies that go into producing it. This benefit, along with its slip and fade-resistance and incredible low-maintenance qualities make composite decking the firm choice amongst homeowners when looking to add a deck area to their garden and outdoor space. 

To have the best and most enjoyable time outdoors, choose a light-coloured, capped, hollow composite deck board. If hollow boards aren't readily available, we recommend choosing a grooved board as this will offer less material than ungrooved boards! 

For more information on how much heat our composite deck board absorb and retain, be sure to get in touch with a member of the TimberTech team today by calling 02920 803 756 or email us at info@timbertechuk.co.uk. You can browse our full collection of composite decking below. 

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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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It's time we introduced a few new products into the TimberTech mix, and we're sure that these new composite decking ranges won't disappoint. Today, we're taking a look at two gorgeous new ranges, Edge+ and Reserve. Both ranges boast all the exceptional characteristics of TimberTech composite decking and will look great in any outdoor space. Let's take a closer look...

EasyClean Reserve Composite Decking

If you're looking for decking with a truly appealing aesthetic design, you'll love the new EasyClean Reserve range! This range offers a selection of sumptuous colours, robust materials and a unique matte finish that works wonderfully wherever it's installed.

The Reserve range comes in three colours, Storm Grey, Driftwood & Dark Roast (shown above). Don't worry, the matte finish and rich colours won't fade over time, Reserve boards are capped on three sides to preserve the integrity of the boards, plus you'll have fade and stain cover! Here are a few other key features:

  • 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover
  • Can be installed using CONCEALoc Hidden Fasteners
  • Realistic antique brushed texture

EasyClean Edge+ Composite Decking

This stunning new addition to the EasyClean range is sure to get you feeling inspired. Edge+ is a contemporary take on composite decking that boasts a duo-tone effect and a realistic straight wood-grain.

We think Edge+ boards would fit perfectly into both traditional or modern garden, and with two different shades to choose from, you're sure to find something that suits you. Edge+ Sea Salt Grey decking (shown above), is sure to bring a cosy feel to your garden, while Edge+ Oak offers a more traditional feel. Here are a few other key features:

  • Capped on three sides with a durable polymer sleeve
  • Available in grooved or ungrooved profiles
  • 25-year warranty including fade and stain cover

 

If either of these new EasyClean ranges takes your fancy, why not order a sample? You can order two different decking samples so you can compare and find the perfect shade for you. Alternatively, if you'd like to see the other types of decking we offer, click here to visit our homepage and view the full range

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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

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