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With so many different types of decking on the market, would-be deck owners can often find it difficult to distinguish one product from the next. Not everyone is aware, for example, of the difference between hardwood and softwood boards, or of the fact that plastic decking and composite decking are two different things.

Today, we're going to cut through the jargon and explain the key differences between two of the most popular decking materials on the market: hardwood decking and composite decking.

Materials
Hardwood decking is made of solid timber, whereas composite decking - as the name suggests - is made from a composite of natural and synthetic materials. TimberTech's composite boards, for example, are made of polyethylene, hardwood flour, and cellulose materials.

This difference in composition leads to numerous other differences, such as...

Maintenance Requirements
Hardwood decks must be cleaned and oiled regularly to preserve the boards. Composite deck boards are far less maintenance-intensive, requiring only the occasional wash to keep everything looking good.

Safety
Solid timber boards can grow quite slippery when wet; composite decking is less absorbent than hardwood, which means that it dries quicker and greatly reduces the user's risk of slipping and falling. Furthermore, composite boards are far less prone to splintering and cracking due to the difference in composition.

Appearance
Composite decking was once considered an inferior alternative to wooden decking, at least in terms of its appearance. However, manufacturing techniques have now progressed to the point that composite boards can look just as authentic as their hardwood counterparts, with attractive wood-grain surfaces that are practically indistinguishable from solid timber.

 

Environmental Impact
In many ways, hardwood decking is a very environmentally-unfriendly choice for one's garden. The wood from which the boards are made is typically harvested from tropical rainforests, and the oils that are used to seal hardwood decks can introduce undesirable chemicals into the ecosystem at large. Composite boards, as mentioned above, require no chemical maintenance, and the wood flour that's used to manufacture composite decking is made using waste wood that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.

Click here to learn more about the difference between hardwood and composite decking products. Alternatively, order a free sample of TimberTech's composite decking to take a closer look at what composite decking has to offer.

Composite decking sale

Looking for the best possible deal on your composite decking? If so, you simply must take advantage of TimberTech UK's composite decking sale! We offer a different set of deals every month - here's how we can save you money this September...

Reliaboard Composite Decking: Save £14 Per Square Metre!

Reliaboard is a very attractive composite decking solution that looks and feels just like real hardwood. Each board has an authentic-looking wood grain that's very appealing to the eye, and as with all TimberTech products, Reliaboard decking requires practically no maintenance whatsoever.

This product is available in two different colours: Grey and Cedar.

Reliaboard decking colours

Reliaboard composite decking usually costs £59 per m2, but we're letting it go for just £45 per m2 until the end of September. That's a saving of £14 per metre, or just over 23%!

To take advantage of this offer, email info@timbertechuk.co.uk or give us a call on 029 2037 1584.

 

More Than 20% Off edeck Composite Decking

edeck is one of our most popular composite decking ranges. The boards are made using recycled hardwood and polymer resins, which are combined to create a low-maintenance, high-endurance product that's every bit as appealing as traditional timber decking. edeck never needs to be stained or sealed, and unlike many other decking products, it is not prone to bowing, twisting, or mould/mildew growth.

Like Reliaboard, edeck is available in two different colours: Grey and Cedar.

edeck colours

edeck composite decking boards are usually sold at a price of £55.18 per m2, but as we're in a generous mood this month (must be the crisp autumn air!), we'll let you have them for just £42 per m2!

Contact TimberTech now to take advantage of this offer and add our gorgeous edeck boards to your garden.

Remember, these offers expire at the end of the month, so if you want to add our high-quality composite decking to your property this autumn, you'd better move fast - you won't get a better price than what we're offering right now!

Cedar decking

If you're looking to add some beautiful cedar decking to your garden (but you don't want to deal with the chore of maintaining a standard wooden deck), we at TimberTech can help! We offer two different types of cedar-effect composite decking - choose from the following options:

Reliaboard Cedar

Reliaboard Cedar is a gorgeous composite decking product with a flat wood grain that looks just like beautiful hardwood decking. Reliaboard Cedar decking never needs to be sealed, stained or painted, and the boards are UV-resistant, which means that their exquisite colour won't fade over time.

 

edeck Cedar

edeck Cedar decking is a high-calibre composite decking product with no shade variation and outstanding UV stability. The boards are made of recycled hardwood materials that would otherwise be headed straight for a landfill; if you want a sturdy, slip-resistant cedar deck that looks great and requires practically zero maintenance, edeck Cedar will do nicely!

Order a free sample of our cedar composite decking here >>

Composite decking

Many people think that composite decking and plastic decking are the same thing. Even Google, in its infinite wisdom, makes this mistake; search for 'plastic decking', and Google will act like you searched for 'composite decking' instead.

Plastic decking Google result

Note that 'composite decking' is in bold, as if that's what you typed in.

However, contrary to the belief of man and search engine alike, there are some MAJOR differences between plastic and composite decking. Today, we at TimberTech UK would like to take a moment to outline some of these differences:

  • Materials - The most important difference between composite and plastic decking is as follows: plastic decking is made entirely of synthetic materials, while composite decking is made by combining real wood with cellulose materials and polyethylene. This means that, generally speaking, composite decking looks and feels more like genuine timber than plastic deck boards.

  • Stability - Plastic decking is prone to bowing and cracking over time, making it one of the least sturdy decking options on the market. Composite decking tends not to have this problem; certainly, TimberTech composite decking is much longer-lasting than any plastic product, with a 25 year warranty for all residential installations.

  • Price - Composite decking products generally cost a little more than plastic decking, and in fact, the low price of plastic decking is probably the main reason for its enduring popularity. However, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to decking; you may save money in the short term by choosing plastic over composite decking, but you'll spend a lot more on repairs and (eventually) replacements in the long run.

The difference between plastic decking and composite decking is essentially a question of quality: both products are impressively low-maintenance compared to traditional timber boards, but composite decking is a higher-quality product that lasts longer and comes far closer to emulating the appeal of real wood.

Visit our Plastic Decking vs. Composite Decking page for more information on this topic, or click here to order a free sample of TimberTech's composite decking now!

You may already have heard of 'capped decking', but if you haven't, that's likely to change within the next month or two. It's being touted as the 'next generation' of composite decking, and we at TimberTech are very excited about the opportunities this new innovation affords.

Capped composite deckingPictured: TimberTech's capped Silver Maple composite decking

So what makes capped composite decking such an intriguing new development? Well, 'capped' boards have something that standard composite decking products lack: a protective sleeve that guards the composite wood from moisture. Using capped decking will give your deck many of the same properties as your indoor surfaces; for example, if you were to spill something on a capped composite deck, you'd be able to simply wipe the mess away, leaving the boards looking pristine once more.

What capped decking products do TimberTech offer?

At present, we have two capped composite decking collections: EasyClean Terrain and EasyClean Legacy. These two ranges comprise a gorgeous variety of natural-looking wood designs, and regardless of which colour you choose, you're sure to be impressed with your new decking and its wipe-clean surface. Naturally, our capped decking boasts all the same qualities as our regular composite decking: it's low-maintenance, easy to install, and resistant to rotting, fading, warping and splintering.

Click here to order a sample of TimberTech's capped composite decking, or give us a call on 029 2037 1584 for more information.

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