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We get a lot of questions from customers about the benefits of choosing our decking, which usually focuses on how our products compare with other materials. Naturally, with a massive selection of products on offer, customers want to make sure that they are choosing the best option available to them. In order to produce great results and ensure value for money, customers need to be sure that they are investing in a product that will not only look good but will be a long-lasting and hassle-free addition to their property. 

To help you decide whether composite decking is the right choice for you, we've put together a short guide to demonstrate how it measures up to other types of decking.

Composite Decking vs. Hardwood

While hardwood decking can look great, it takes a lot of time to install and produces a substantial amount of waste in the process. In order to speed up the installation while still producing great-looking results, our decking uses a quick, hidden fastener system, which delivers a sleek finish in less time. It will also save you money in the long run, due to the fact that you won't have to perform the time-consuming and costly process of oiling and stripping your deck. 

Composite Decking vs. Softwood

Although softwood decking is a popular and cost-effective option for buyers, it may not stand the test of time when it comes to preserving the look it had when it was installed. Not only is it prone to picking up green slime, along with other dirt and debris, it could also crack easily thanks to exposure to wet and cold weather. Unlike softwood decking, ours doesn't call for expensive cleaning products to be maintained, nor does it become dangerous and slippery over time. Thanks to the low wood content of our product and the included mould inhibitor, we make it much easier for you to maintain the look and function of your deck, without having to spend more money on it.

Composite Decking vs.Plastic Decking

Plastic decking has the shared advantage of being easy to maintain, due to the fact that it is made from synthetic material. It's also often praised for its affordability, although this could prove to be untrue over time. While the upfront cost may be low, and the need for stains eliminated, plastic boards can be prone to bowing, flexing and even splitting over time, which means that you will have to spend money on replacing them. The visual quality is also poor in many cases, as it is unable to replicate wood in the same way that composite decking can. The third tripping step for plastic decking, while it may be cheap and low maintenance, is that it is not an environmentally-friendly option. In comparison, TimberTech takes great care to ensure that the entire production process is as green as possible, so you can be sure that your product won't have an unnecessary impact on the natural world.

 To find out more about how our products compare to the competition, click here.

 If you would like to experience the quality of our material yourself, you can also order a free sample to your home.


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.

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!

Grey may not seem like a particularly exciting colour, but it has been enjoying a surge in popularity of late (perhaps thanks in part to E.L. James). Grey floors, grey walls, grey furniture...the whole interior design world has gone grey-gaga, with homeowners and professionals alike abandoning harsh, bright colours en masse in favour of the stylish, modern look offered by neutral grey designs.

But it's not just interiors that look great in grey - those gorgeous designs work just as well in outdoor living spaces!

Here at TimberTech, we offer a variety of grey composite decking options that could well be perfect for your garden. If you're looking to revamp and modernise your outdoor space, try one of the following:

VertiGrain Grey Garden Decking

VertiGrain Grey

VertiGrain is TimberTech's best-selling decking range. It can be installed using our CONCEALoc® system, which leaves no visible fixings and produces a sleek, seamless finish that perfectly complements the stylish appearance of these eye-catching grey boards.


Reliaboard Grey Deck Boards 

Reliaboard Grey

Reliaboard decking has a flat wood grain that looks just like authentic timber decking. This effect contrasts stunningly with the ultra-modern appearance of Reliaboard Grey decking boards - click here to see more photos.

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