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If you're someone who likes the idea of natural wood but can't face the hours of upkeep it demands, you're in the right place! Here at TimberTech, we offer a wide range of composite decking that's been manufactured to look and feel just like real wood but requires a fraction of the maintenance. 

People often ask us - which composite decking looks the most like real wood? We have some composite deck boards that look more like wood than others, mostly due to the colour of the boards. So, if you want to see which of our composite decking ranges look most like real wood, just keep reading.

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With the rise in popularity of composite decking over recent years, it comes to no surprise that more and more homeowners are asking questions regarding its practicality, with one of the main queries surrounding its use in the warmer months. 

Homeowners that are considering installing composite decking in their outdoor spaces are asking the question, "does composite decking get hot in the summer?" With traditional wood decking known to absorb a fair amount of heat during hotter spells of sunshine, it makes perfect sense why people would ask the same question regarding its composite counterpart. If you're one of these people that are wondering whether composite decking gets hot in the summer, then you've come to the right place! The experts at TimberTech are here to help. 

In order to give an accurate answer to this question, however, a number of factors need to be considered as each has a degree of influence on how much heat gets absorbed and retained. These are the deck's exposure to sunlight, the colour of the deck boards and the type of composite decking used

Does Composite Decking Get Hot in the Summer?

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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.

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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!

Browse & Compare TimberTech Composite Decking >

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

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