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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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So, you’ve decided on a veranda – now what?

When you’re thinking about sprucing up your home with a sizeable addition to your property, it’s easy to overlook some of the equally big decisions that come with it. For would-be verandarers, choosing veranda decking is unquestionably one of those biggies.

Beautiful decking can enhance an otherwise unremarkable veranda design, while a poor choice of decking can ruin a beautiful veranda. On the other hand, if you knock it out of the park with both, you can create an outdoor environment that isn’t just an extension to your house but a true showpiece of your dream home.

 

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Types of veranda decking

When choosing veranda decking, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be torn right away between the choice of traditional timber and modern composite decking.

Classic vs contemporary; charm vs practicality; authentic vs cutting-edge. Decisions, decisions!

For us at TimberTech, there’s no choice necessary – it’s composite all the way!

Made from a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, composite blends old with new in a perfect cocktail of decking delight.

Not convinced? Here’s a closer look at why composite decking is the best choice for your veranda…

 

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Benefits of composite decking

Offering all the perks of modern technological advancement with all the allure of a genuine wood-look finish, composite decking is the perfect middle man between synthetic plastic decking and traditional wood.

Better still, composite decking provides a far more authentic aesthetic than plastic yet also requires less maintenance than wood – virtually no upkeep at all – bringing together the best of both worlds in one perfect package.

Best of all, it also comes with a variety of other bonuses that will keep your veranda looking sleek and sharp for longer. Unlike traditional wood decking, composite decking doesn’t warp or fade in the sun, nor will it bow or crack like plastic. Meanwhile, composite also offers better slip-resistance, which can be an invaluable quality if young children or elderly relatives will be using your veranda.

 

Composite decking vs capped composite decking

If you’re already convinced and you now have your mind set on composite decking, there is one more choice to consider.

Underneath the overall range of “composite decking” sits two sub-categories: standard composite and capped composite. Capped composite decking offers additional benefits on top of the existing perks of composite decking.

In addition to being durable, low-maintenance and fade resistant (as well as visually stunning), capped composite also has the added advantage of being protected by a moisture-resistant polymer sleeve.

The addition of the extra layer of polymer makes capped composite boards extremely stain resistant – an ideal attribute if you plan on wining and dining on your veranda. Any spills can be easily wiped clean without so much as a drop of evidence left behind.

 

Why use TimberTech composite decking?

At TimberTech, we use a unique recycling process to breathe new life into re-usable hardwood, creating strong, durable boards that maintain their authentic beauty. Natural-looking, long-lasting and high quality, our composite decking is eco-friendly as well as economical, giving you environmental peace of mind to go with your beautifully decked veranda.

While composite can be more expensive for the initial outlay, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment to be made. Hardwood fades, soft wood warps and plastic can be an artificial eye-sore. If you need to replace your decking for any of these reasons, the cost of a substitute can far outweigh the initial saving.

Our products are built to last and stay looking youthful along the way. The modern materials ensure they keep their finish for years to come even though they require minimal upkeep. They won’t need staining or sealing – an occasional clean is all they’ll need to keep their “just laid” shine.

 

Sound too good to be true? Give us a call on 029 2080 3756 to find out first-hand or use the button below to order a FREE sample and see for yourself!

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EasyClean Edge Decking from TimberTech

Unique Scalloped Profile and Three-Sided Cap

What makes EasyClean Edge decking unique from other decking products we offer is its scalloped profile and distinctive three-sided cap. The scalloped profile offers reduced board weight without affecting the structural integrity of the boards, while the three-sided cap protects the composite core of the decking from water damage by repelling water.

Beautiful Appearance

The decking in our EasyClean Edge collection offers rich opaque colour and a straight wood grain pattern that mimics high-quality wood. EasyClean Edge decking comes in two stunning colours, Dark Teak and Maritime Grey, both of which are pigment rich and sure to complement any garden or outdoor living area.

When you choose EasyClean Edge decking, you also have the choice between grooved or ungrooved boards. If you choose grooved boards, they can be installed using our CONCEALoc® hidden fasteners, a great option if you want to achieve a flawless finished look. Alternatively, ungrooved boards can be installed using our colour-matched screws.

Why choose EasyClean Edge Decking?

Whether you choose Dark Teak or Maritime Grey EasyClean Edge decking, you will benefit from an extraordinary 25-year warranty with fade and stain cover that guarantees your boards will look and feel great for years to come. This means, once they are installed, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your decking – stress-free!

To find out more about EasyClean Edge decking or to request two FREE samples, simply click the links below. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to a member of our team about EasyClean Edge decking, give us a call on 029 2080 3756.

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Here at TimberTech, we often hear broad statements being made about composite decking that put people off choosing it for their gardens. We’ve dispelled some of the most common composite decking myths so that you can continue your search for new garden decking knowing all the facts!

Appearance

FICTION: Composite decking looks nothing like wood decking…

FACT: Over the years, the methods used to manufacture composite decking have been refined, meaning that more wood-like colours and textures can now be achieved.

Here at TimberTech, we currently stock five different ranges that all offer different wood-like qualities in thirteen different shades. This means our customers have lots of options when it comes to selecting a style and colour they like. We can also combine different colourways to create unique, combination deck designs like the one you see here.

Cost

FICTION: Composite decking is the most expensive decking option on the market…

FACT: The complex way that composite decking is made means that it can often be a little pricier than your average plastic or wood decking initially. However, composite decking will save lots of money in the long run.

TimberTech offers highly durable and practically maintenance free composite decking that means you are guaranteed to save money on; replacing damaged boards, and on purchasing sealants, paints and stains. Unlike wood or plastic, composite decking is a once in a lifetime purchase for most homeowners, so our customers generally don’t mind paying a little extra up-front for a high-quality product.

Environmental Impact

FICTION:  Composite decking isn’t eco-friendly…

FACT: Composite deck boards are often made using responsibly sourced recycled wood and plastics that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Each year TimberTech recycle 332,000kg of material! This includes; 49 million kilograms of post-industrial wood flour and plastic. We also opt for a closed loop manufacturing process that saves 780,000 litres of water from being wasted every day.

Installation

FICTION: Composite decking is difficult to install compared to other types of decking…

FACT: The installation process for Composite decking is very easy and, as long as it’s installed correctly, shouldn’t need replacing or altering once it’s finished. Composite decking can be installed over the top of various materials including concrete, creating a deck that’s often referred to as a floating deck. TimberTech supply all the information you need to install your own deck if you’d like. Alternatively, our TimberTech installation team, who have 35 years of experience, are happy to install your deck for you! Making installing your deck incredibly stress-free.

Maintenance

FICTION: You need to paint/stain composite deck boards annually…

FACT: If you purchase high-quality composite decking, such as TimberTech decking, you’ll never need to paint or stain it. The board pigments are added when they boards are manufactured, and the capping applied to the surface of the boards protects the colour for years to come. At TimberTech use UV-resistant pigments in their decking to reduce the amount the pigments fade over time, meaning you can enjoy your decking and put maintenance to the back of your mind.

Now that you know all of these composite decking facts, you can decide whether or not composite decking is the right choice for you. If you’d like to find out more about TimberTech composite decking, click here or give us a call on 029 2080 3756.

 

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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