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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.

Deck Fire Ratings

Since regulations surrounding fire and building materials were introduced, an increased amount of deck materials have improved to meet the required standard. The majority of composite decking manufacturers, like us here at TimberTechUK, fire test products so that a flame spread index rating can be assigned to them. This rating indicates how a material acts when it is burned and can be grouped into the following five classes:

  1. Class A flame spread rating 0-25
  2. Class B flame spread rating 26-75
  3. Class C flame spread rating 76-200
  4. Class D flame spread rating 201-500
  5. Class E flame spread rating over 500

0 being the best rating and 500+ being the worst. Composite materials are generally high in plastic which possess a high heat release rate, meaning the intensity of the heat it gives off is increased and more likely to ignite. In order to reduce this, composite decking manufacturers add fire retardants to the inner decking materials. Here at TimberTech, our collection of composite decking boards not only look stunning but are manufactured with the highest quality of composite materials, which undergo stringent tests to determine their effectiveness when exposed to fire. As a result, our composite deck boards have received a Class A Flame Spread Index rating, the best rating available. Making our composite decking extremely fire-resistant.

All-Weather Resistant

In addition to being fire-resistant, TimberTech’s range of composite decking is extremely resistant to other types of weather conditions, including rain, frost and wind. This makes our decking products an ideal choice for an outdoor living space no matter where you live or the climates you face. Through the combination of real wood flour and polymer resin, we create quality boards that are robust and long-lasting. Our capped boards even come with a protective sleeve to ensure additional security to the composite core. You can learn more about our long-life deck boards below!

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For more information on our range of fire-resistant composite decking, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the TimberTechUK team today!

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

If there’s one thing the USA is known for in the outdoor living industry, it’s its penchant for top-quality decking.

At TimberTech, we’re proud to say that all our decking is imported directly from the United States, upholding the lofty standards of American decking.

“What’s so good about American decking?” we hear you ask. Let’s take a digital leap across the pond and find out.

 

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God Bless America

According to an independent study by the Freedonia Group, decking is a $7.1 billion industry in the US, with sales in composite decking set to rise even further in the years ahead.

As a result of this healthy appetite for decking Stateside, the TimberTech name is internationally-recognised as a leading brand in the industry.

In fact, TimberTech was recently voted the number one ranked brand for quality US decking and railing in the 2019 Builder Brand Use Study and 2019 Remodelling Brand Use Report.

 

Why Choose American Decking?

The third biggest global wood product exporters in the world, America has long been a nation that has embraced its love of lumber, using its woodland resources for everything from housing and heating to furniture and flooring.

Needless to say, the US knows a thing or two about timber and, when it comes to the decking industry, America has the art of down to a science. That science has led them to revolutionise the industry with the composite decking we know and love today.

At TimberTech UK, we strive to maintain the high standards of our American counterparts with a product and service that brings American composite decking materials to UK shores. TimberTech UK uses American decking to give British homes the decking areas they deserve.

 

Benefits of American Decking

Fundamentally designed to withstand the demands of the outdoors, all of our imported American decking is slip, fade and abrasion resistant, built to last and maintain its aesthetic appeal for years to come.

In fact, we are so confident in the long-lasting composite materials used, TimberTech products come with a warranty of up to 30 years in length, giving you peace of mind to go with the feast for the eyes that graces your garden.

Whether you opt for solid composite decking or capped composite decking, when you use imported American decking from TimberTech UK, you’re using top-quality materials that look great, are durable as the day is long and in it for the long-haul.

 

For more information on the imported American decking used here at TimberTech UK, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Cedar wood decking has long been hailed as the king of decking materials. Sturdy, reliable and long-lasting, it’s been the material of choice for many a garden for many a decade.

However, the meteoric rise of composite decking since its introduction in the late ‘90s has seen its popularity soar to unprecedented heights in recent years, challenging the Cedar King’s crown.

It appears there’s a new sheriff in Timber Town and this town ain’t big enough for two. Let’s see who will reign supreme when the smoke clears as we go full board with this cedar/composite head to head.

 

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Durability

One of the most important aspects of any decking project is durability. After all, who wants to spend a hefty chunk of savings on a deck that won’t last?

Both cedar and composite have built a solid reputation as a sturdy surface – but which one has the ability to outlast the other?

 

Cedar

Cedar wood has often been heralded as naturally durable, with organic resistance to rot, decay and pests. It’s also said that cedar doesn’t easily warp or split, making it a great natural option – in theory.

However, this viewpoint is conveniently overlooking the fact that, in order for a cedar deck to boast these qualities, it will require extensive (and repeated) treatment and maintenance throughout its lifetime.

The truth is that, when it comes to hard-wearing wood, cedar is unlikely to win gold. Cedar has even been known to dry out if kept in areas of shade, leading to issues both practically and aesthetically.

While it can be long-lasting with the right conditions, maintenance and care, it’s an inherently soft wood that can be easily scratched or dented. If you have pets, kids or are generally a clumsy oaf, cedar won’t be very forgiving.

 

Composite

By contrast, composite is built specifically with durability in mind. Each individual deck board is designed to last and maintain its stellar appearance year-round for years to come.

We use the highest quality materials to ensure your deck is up for the task at hand, however you want to enjoy it. Capable of withstanding sunshine, spills and seasonal soaks, as well as scratches and abrasions, our composite decking is engineered for longevity.

At TimberTech, most of our products come with a 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover included in that protection. We’re confident in our materials and their reliability, and are happy to offer an extensive guarantee to back it up.

 

Sustainability

As we head deeper into the 21st century, environmental impact is a topic that has become an increasingly important part of the public consciousness.

From recycling to renewable energy, green solutions are a big point of discussion. How do cedar and composite decking fair in this eco-friendly equation?

 

Cedar

Manufacturing methods of wood-products produce fewer toxins and greenhouse gases than most traditional man-made materials, such as steel and concrete. Cedar is also biodegradable and said to have a negative greenhouse effect, removing harmful gases from the atmosphere.

In addition to that, it’s often pointed out that cedar wood is a renewable material. However, while it’s true that cedar trees are renewable, many pro-cedar deck specialists like to gloss over the fact that it takes literally decades for these trees to mature. Felling a tree for deck timber could potentially require half a century of time to provide a substitute.

 

Composite

Deforestation has had a two-fold effect on cedar trees internationally, particularly in Lebanon – a country that bears the cedar tree on its national flag. The widespread felling of trees has contributed to global warming and the subsequent climate change has now hindered the cedar trees ability to regenerate.

Fortunately, we take environmental health very seriously at TimberTech and strive to maintain an eco-friendly process across the board, from our waste management plan to the composition of the boards themselves, all the way to our product packaging.

Each composite decking board is made of up to 73% recycled materials, reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfills by 90%. Better still, 99% of waste material created during the manufacturing process is reclaimed – we even recycle the water used with a closed-loop water system.

While composite decking can be more expensive, it’s a real investment in a product that not only lasts a lifetime without the need for replacement, but it’s also an investment in the environment around you as well.

 

Maintenance

While the rest of this comparison may be somewhat neck and neck, with measurable benefits to each, the topic of maintenance is far more cut and dry. When it comes to maintenance, composite is king – all hail the king!

 

Cedar

As a natural wood, cedar will age organically over time unless properly maintained. In order to keep your deck looking in tip-top shape, it’s going to require a lot of TLC. Worse still, this process is one that will need to be done repeatedly throughout its lifetime.

Failure to treat your cedar could result in premature ageing that can even lead it to deteriorate to the point of requiring replacement. This is particularly applicable when used for ground-level decking where cedar tends to degrade more rapidly.

From seasonal care for weather-proof protection to aesthetic care like staining and sealing, cedar decking is only as good as your maintenance. Lack of attention shows and ultimately can leave your deck unfit for purpose.

 

Composite

Unlike cedar wood, composite decking is specifically designed to maintain its looks long into the future with virtually no maintenance required.

Engineered to last without consistent upkeep from the owner, composite decking from TimberTech is designed to resist fading, staining and abrasions, ensuring it keeps its fresh look and functionality from day 1 onwards.

Our composite decking boards will never require sealing, staining or painting. Once your deck is down, your worries are literally laid to rest.

 

So, there you have it: plenty of information to help you cedar wood through the trees and cap off your composite comparison. To learn more about composite decking, call TimberTech today on 029 2080 3756 or drop us a message online using the button below.

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