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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!

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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Dogs can make a wonderful addition to the family home and can, more often than not, become a much-loved part of the family themselves.

However, like any family member, living with them does require a degree of sacrifice at times. From holiday headaches to vet bills, owning a dog isn’t always a walk in the park.

That being said, one sacrifice no dog owner should have to make is their dreams of garden decking. Luckily, you can have your cake and eat it with a diet of composite decking from TimberTech.

Dogs and Composite Decking

One of the primary concerns many dog owners have over incorporating decking into their home design is its potential for dog-ravaged destruction. After all, why pay top dollar for designer decking if it’s going to fall foul to canine claws in no time?

Despite those logical reservations, composite decking and dogs can actually make a natural fit. This is especially true when it comes to dogs and the top-quality decking from TimberTech.

Our composite decking is inherently cool and doesn’t absorb the heat, making it the perfect lounge area for a doggy daydream on a lazy summer’s day. Meanwhile, it’s low porosity also makes it extremely slip-resistant, providing a firm surface for overzealous paws, even after bouts of rain.

What’s more, composite decking will never splinter, providing your furry friend with a safe surface that won’t hide any hidden dangers. Most of our composite decking boards also come with a 30-year warranty too, providing your canine companion with a dog-friendly deck that will last a lifetime.

 

Best Decking Material for Dogs

When it comes to knowing what is the best decking material for dogs, there’s no question about it, capped composite decking wins every time, paws down.

In addition to boasting all the benefits of traditional composite decking, each capped composite decking board is extremely resistant to scratches and abrasions, giving you the ultimate dog-proof decking solution on the market.

That being said, when it comes to keeping your deck clean and tidy, dogs can really mess things up – and we mean that quite literally…

 

Say “No-No” to Doo-Doo

A prime concern of dog owners that are considering decking is their pooch’s penchant for toilet breaks. A quick search online will see a whole host of horror stories emerge about dogs giving their owner’s new decking a urinary paint job (or even worse).

If you too share this concern, capped composite decking could put your mind at rest. Capped composite decking from TimberTech comes complete with a protective polymer sleeve that’s incredibly moisture resistant.

In the event that your hound does a howler on your new decking, the capped composite nature of the boards will leave your surface completely protected. Simply wipe clean, discard of the evidence and your deck will be as good as new!

Best of all, our capped composite decking even comes with additional fade and stain cover included in the warranty, giving you even more protection and further peace of mind.

 

What are you waiting for, dog owners? Start living your decking dreams today with Fido by your side! Call 029 2080 3756 now for more information or click the button below to get in touch online.

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There was a time when decking required a whole host of treatments in order to keep the boards looking sharp, healthy and colourful, year after year.

Worse still, these processes had to be done with frustrating regularity, making timber maintenance a regular chore for homeowners that opted for decky décor.

Luckily, that all changed with the introduction of “no fade” composite decking in the late ‘90s and the UK has been enjoying long-lasting colour in their outdoor design ever since.

But is composite decking fade proof? And, if not, just how fade resistant is it?

We aim to answer that question and more right here, as we shine a light on the fade-fighting capabilities of composite decking boards.

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Do composite decks fade?

Unlike traditional timber, composite decking is extremely fade resistant and capable of maintaining its “like new” looks for years to come.

Meanwhile, our capped composite decking features additional fade protection in the form of a shielding polymer sleeve for the ultimate protection against sun fading.

 

Is composite decking fade-proof?

Despite its unrivalled powers of fade resistance, as the saying goes, Father Time is undefeated and the passing of time can take its toll even on the durable surface of composite decking.

The sun impacts materials at an atomic level, breaking down chemical bonds and fading colours in the process. As such, virtually all man-made materials will suffer some form of fading when exposed to a continued onslaught of UV rays.

While composite decking is extremely resistant to fading, it isn’t “fade-proof” per se. Any company that boasts such claims is suspect at best – so avoid at all costs.

 

Effects of sun on composite decking

The sun’s impact on a surface depends largely on the durability of the material in question. The poorer the material, the worse the fade will be.

Continued exposure to the elements can naturally lead to a gradual discolouration, particularly in the event of continued exposure to extreme sun and heat.

Despite this fact, the effects of sunlight are far more forgiving on composite decking than traditional wood. Natural wood will fade to a dull grey, whereas composite decking will merely get marginally lighter in tone.

For capped composite decking, our capped products will experience little to no colour change in its 25-year lifespan. So confident are we in this statement that we even offer 25-year fade and stain warranty for our capped composite decking options, with some products even offering a 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover.

 

Composite Decking from TimberTech

Not all composite decking is created equally and, as such, the level of fade-resistance can vary dramatically from one brand to the next.

Composite decking from TimberTech is made to the highest standard with the highest quality materials. Backed by a 25 to 30-year warranty, opting for TimberTech decking is a wise option and a safe choice for colour longevity.

 

For more information on TimberTech composite decking, call 029 2080 3756 today or drop us a line using the button below.

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