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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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Whether it’s the wear and tear of age rearing its ugly head or signs of shoddy workmanship coming back to bite with a vengeance, warning signs of unsafe decking can come in a variety of forms.

Keep you and your loved ones safe by getting clued up on these cautionary cues with this insightful look into signs of unsafe decking.

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How to spot signs of an unsafe deck

Unsafe decking can turn a chilled afternoon in the sun into a stressful afternoon in A&E instantly. As such, knowing how to spot the warning signs of a dodgy deck can be tremendously important.

Luckily, that’s where we come in! Here are two easy ways to spot an unsafe deck and prevent any decking disasters before they occur.

 

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When building a deck, metal connectors are required in key areas to keep your decking securely in place; e.g. post to beam, joist to beam, etc. Loose and corroded connectors can be a warning of bad things to come and a tell-tale sign that needs your attention ASAP.

Similarly, missing connectors can be a sign that metal connectors haven’t been used at all and connections have been made by simply nailing the wood together. If the wood rots, these nailed connections likely won’t hold and could turn your decking into a danger fast.

 

Touch wood

If you own traditional wooden decking, you can naturally expect your deck surface to show signs of age as the years progress and wear and tear takes its toll.

While treating the wood can help hold back the hands of time, it will merely be delaying the inevitable. Chances are, you will have to deal with one of these wood-related issues sooner or later.

 

Rotting wood

Rotting wood can see your once beautiful deck change colour, lose it’s looks and become dangerous all in one fell swoop. For instances like this, it can be easily detectable, characterised by softness, with surface wood capable of being scratched with a nail.

However, wood rot can also effect select areas of your boards that aren’t as easy to detect. Rotten wood within the framework – e.g. the posts, joists, etc. – can make your entire deck unstable, so be sure to check these areas particularly closely.

 

Cracked wood

Similarly, cracked wood can be just as dangerous, if not more so, depending on the extent of the crack. Splits can weaken the structure significantly and act as the literal chink in the armour of your decking.

Cracks are common in natural wood as it begins to age, making older decking a prime candidate for cracked woodwork. Worse still, numerous cracks can cause serious structural damage, presenting a veritable timebomb for the inevitable structural failure.

 

Slippery when wet

Slippery decking can turn your outdoor space into a scene from Home Alone in the time it take for a single shower to fall. However, it’s not actually the rain alone that makes the deck slippery. The slip/slide-factor is actually down to a form of fungus and mould that grows on the wood when its wet.

Characterised by a black staining, this fearsome fungus can form on traditional wood no matter what season it is, making wood decking a slip-hazard year-round if not properly cared for and maintained. Worse still, it can ruin your deck complete, damaging it beyond repair.

 

Why choose TimberTech?

One of the best ways to ensure your deck is safe and sound is to opt for composite decking over traditional wood. The state-of-the-art composite decking from TimberTech is designed for durability and safety, and is superior to standard wood decking in virtually every way.

Unlike the real-wood decking of yesteryear, TimberTech composite decking is extremely durable and resistant to a number of challenges that both the elements and life throw at it, from spills and scratches to sun and snow.

With slip-resistance and split-resistance as two of the main product features, you’re instantly protected from two of the main hazards related to decking. Meanwhile, the expert fitters at TimberTech can assure your deck will be firmly installed and well-connected from pillar to post.

 

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How long does composite decking last?

Axl Rose once said, nothing lasts forever… even cold November Rain. Sadly, this line also applies to composite decking and even the extremely long-lasting materials of TimberTech can’t quite claim to last forever.

Nevertheless, while our decking won’t last forever, they do last a considerably long time; most TimberTech decking ranges come with an impressively colossal 30-year warranty. With that kind of assurance, you can rest easy knowing that your decking is durable enough to withstand copious amounts of rain, be it November rain or otherwise!

 

For more information on TimberTech products and guarantees, call today on 029 2080 3756 and speak to one of our team personally. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch online using the button below.

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Do you have composite decking in your back garden that's due a clean? Cleaning your composite decking is simple, just grab the bits of the equipment listed below & follow a few simple steps. Your composite decking will look brand new in no time! Here you can see our infographic and a transcript of the information provided.

Please let us know if you have any questions about cleaning your composite decking. We can be reached by calling 029 2080 3756.

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Transcript:

 

How to Clean Composite Decking

Equipment Needed:

  • Power Washer
  • Scraper
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Stiff Brush

Step by Step guide:

  1. Clearing and Preparing Your Deck

If you choose to use a composite cleaner and have furniture or anything that’s not made of composite material, it needs to be removed.

  1. Remove Debris

Ensure all loose debris and leaves are removed from the deck surface using a blower or a broom. Use a scraper or putty knife to remove any standing dirt in between boards.

  1. Mix Cleaning Solution

If using a composite decking cleaner, carefully follow mixing instructions. However, most composite deck boards can be cleaned with a simple soapy water solution.

  1. Apply Solution & Clean

Apply cleaning solution to the deck, working in 5 metre sections at a time, use a stiff brush to remove noticeable dirt and grime. Improve efficiency by allowing one section to soak up the solution whilst you’re cleaning another.

  1. Rinse Well

Once you’ve scrubbed a section, rinse off with a power washer and move onto the next section until the entire deck is clean!

 

Conditions

Ice & Snow – To remove ice and snow, use rock salt or calcium chloride remove residue by rinsing with water or mild soap/water solution.

  • Tannin, Mildew, Dirt & Grime

 Rinsing off your composite decking periodically is important to prevent build-up of pollen/debris, leading to mildew stains. Allow suitable gaps between boards to allow draining.

  • Spot Stains

Clean spot stains using a soap/water solution. Leave cleaned areas to weather for 8-10 weeks to regain colour.

  • Scratches, Nicks, Cuts & Grooves

 Scratches, nicks, cuts & grooves can be removed by brushing in the direction of the grain. Brushed area will weather back in 8-10 weeks.  

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.

 

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