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Installing a composite deck over a wooden deck

If your wood deck has begun to creak, wobble and rot, the signs are there that you should probably start thinking about getting it replaced. Not only will it start to look bad, but a deck that has surpassed its time can be a major safety hazard. By replacing your wooden deck, you'll be doing yourself and others a huge favour. 

Since wooden decks have a limited life span, composite decking is often turned to as it is much more durable. The question many homeowners ask, however, is can you install composite decking over wood decking? Well, let's find out! 

Laying composite decking over wood 

The most logical reason for laying composite decking over an existing wood deck is the time that it can save. But can you do such a thing? In short, yes you can. You are more than capable of placing composite deck boards over existing wooden ones in order to save time and money from building an entirely new frame. However, despite the fact that you can do, should you do it? 

Should you place composite deck boards over wood?

So, we've gathered that you can place a new decking over your old wooden one, but is this something that you should do? Well, not really. While it does seem like the logical choice when we think about time and money, doing so has several downsides. 

Before you begin any rebuilding work, you need to first think about the quality of the existing wood deck. How old is it? Is it fairly new? Or has it begun to rot and now needs to replaced? These questions are crucial questions to ask because when you begin to place new materials over existing decking, the latter can directly impact the former. In the case of wooden decking, if the existing boards are old and rotting, the new composite boards on top will have their lifespan reduced. Despite composite deck boards offering great resistance to rotting, the surrounding structure will unfortunately suffer. Moisture will begin to get trapped underneath and will damage both the pre-existing wood decking and the new composite one. By placing new composites over wood, you may be doing more harm than good and in the end, it will cost you even more money to replace. 

On the other hand, if your wooden deck is relatively new and the materials have been pressure-treated, there's a good chance that it won't affect the overall quality and lifespan of your new composite boards. Even if it did, it will not cause as much damage as an old deck would cause. But the question remains, why would you want to build over a new-ish deck? Before carrying out any sort of work, you should consider the price of the materials needed since composite decking does have a high initial cost. 

Knowing that installing composite decking over existing wood decking isn't recommended, what else can you do if you need to replace it? 

How to replace your wooden deck 

If you have an old, tired, rotting wooden deck, instead of building a new composite deck over it and causing further potential issues later on down the line, simply replace your wooden deck boards with composite ones! Yes, it's that simple. It does mean that you'll have to rip out each of your existing boards and adjust the existing frame to be able to hold the weight of your new composite deck. But by doing this, you will be saving yourself a whole lot of trouble, time and money. Replacing an old deck is fairly straightforward, but if you need some direction, you can watch our video which explains the steps you need to take. 

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If you require more information on replacing your wooden deck with a new composite one or for some advice on laying composite deck boards over an existing wood deck, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the TimberTechUK team - we'd be more than happy to help! 

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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The UK government's current guidelines state that you should only leave your home for "food, health reasons or work (if you cannot work from home)". But you can still make use of your garden!

Family playing in the garden

Britain is currently in the grip of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has already claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. In order to slow the virus down, the UK government is urging people to stay at home - although you can still leave the house for the following reasons:

  • Purchasing food and other essentials
  • Going to work (if working from home is not an option)
  • Exercising once per day
  • Medical needs (such as blood donation, caring for others, etc.)

You can also go out in the garden, if you have one - in fact, the government's mental health and wellbeing advice explicitly recommends gardening as a good way to stay healthy during this lockdown.

But don't worry if you haven't got green fingers. There are plenty of things you can do in the garden besides digging, planting and pruning!

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While gardening, in general, may seem like the most accessible route to a greener home, how you design your outdoor space can have a notable effect on how eco-friendly it is.

From the use of chemical-pesticides to removing precious trees, certain actions within the garden landscape can have a profoundly negative impact on the environment around you.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can counteract this and make your garden the ultimate scene for going green.

 

eco friendly garden ideas

 

Greendependence

When it comes to giving back to their environment, self-sufficiency is the perfect way to save energy and resources while saving the planet at the same time. Here are a few ways you can make the most of what you have at your disposal and take one step closer to garden independence.

 

Upcycle Old Goods

One of the most effective ways to reduce waste is to reuse what you already have. Luckily, when it comes to the garden, there are a wide variety of ways to make the most of what you’ve already got and repurpose your old goods with a new lease of life.

With a little creativity and a bit of elbow grease, older items that are past their prime can be completely revitalised by gaining permanent residence in your garden. Turning an old chair or table into garden furniture is an easy transition and can be as simple as adding a new coat of paint.

Meanwhile, a wide variety of items can be repurposed as garden planters, from wheelbarrows and metal washtubs to chandeliers and birdcages – the list is limited only to the confines of your creativity. Even an old tyre can make an effective planter!

 

Water Collection

As far as recycling goes, water collection is a great place to start. It’s simple, requires very little effort and your source material literally falls from the sky. All you have to do is disperse it when needed!

If you are an avid gardener, watering your plants is a chore you will already be familiar with. On the other hand, if you are new to the gardening game and looking to dip your toe in the water, it helps if that water is already there waiting.

Collecting water saves on tap water and makes for the perfect way to water your new upcycled garden planters. Water butt kits can be found at any good hardware store, while a variety can also be found online.

 

Grow a Pear

What better way to take a give back to the environment and gain a great sense of achievement at the same time than by planting your own fruit and veg in your own garden?

Growing your own fruit and veg not only reduces your impact on the environment but, from an economic standpoint, it’s considerably cheaper too.

Meanwhile, there are also a number of eco-friendly benefits to growing your own food too. With zero transportation and potentially no pesticide use involved, your garden could well be the perfect place to turn your kitchen green.

 

Eco-Friendly Decking

When it comes to eco-friendly garden ideas, composite decking is an environmentally-friendly option that not only looks good but does good too. At TimberTech, we go the extra mile to make sure your composite decking is as green as can be.

 

Waste Not, Want Not

Made from a unique blend of recycled hardwood and pure polymer resins, our deck boards fit the eco-friendly edict of reuse and repurpose in the pursuit of waste reduction.

Unlike traditional wood decking products, no trees are felled in the production of our composite deck boards and all of our wood materials come from reclaimed wood.

Meanwhile, 50% of the polymer used is also the result of recycling, creating an end-product that boasts a composition that’s made up of 73% recycled materials in total.

 

Long-Term Investment

The durable qualities of our composite decking products make them a one-time purchase for many homeowners, further benefitting the environment by negating the need for additional decking in the foreseeable future.

What’s more, TimberTech composite decking requires no painting, sealing or staining throughout its lifecycle making the use of harmful chemicals completely unnecessary, further contributing to the environment.

 

Sustainably-Sourced

Our end goal is to ultimately make TimberTech products from 95% recycled materials and, we’re pleased to say that this isn’t too far off.

A number of our newest additions scheduled for release this year are made from 100% recycled resin, comprising of items that once served as shampoo bottles, milk jugs and plastic wrap.

Meanwhile, our manufacturing process has also been given the eco-friendly treatment as well, with 99% of the waste material being reclaimed for reuse.

Even the packaging we use to house our products is made from recycled materials and is itself 100% recyclable.

 

So, there you have it: a few eco-friendly garden ideas to help you contribute to a healthier planet today. For more information on eco-friendly garden ideas or to find out more about sustainable composite decking from TimberTech, 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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2019 has been a year of amazing decks and garden transformations for our clients, and it doesn't look like we'll be slowing down as we head into the new 'deck'ade!

If you're considering a spot of renovation in the new year, or if you're looking for some garden inspiration then look no further. We've scoured the internet and consulted our customer feedback to give you a good idea of the decking trends you can expect to see in 2020. Let's dive right in..

composite decking configuration

Creative Configurations

Whether you combine different colours, grains or board orientations, something that's not going anywhere in 2020 is creative configurations!

In modern gardens, a simple rectangular deck in a single block of colour is likely to look completely out of place (unless you love the minimalist vibe). 

So, if you're someone with a range of eclectic garden furniture, ornaments and beautiful flowerbeds, we expect you'll opt for an interesting deck design. 

Here you can see an example of a TimberTech deck that was created using two of our gorgeous brown shades and was strategically laid to create a space with character that leads the eye across the garden space. Want to create something similar in your own garden?

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 composite decking cable railing

Cable Railings

We' expect a  rise in the number of garden spaces being given an 'industrial' makeover. Metals, bold lines and shabby-chic furniture will be popping up in gardens up and down the country, and our chunky cable railing will fit right in! 

This railing option prevents slips and falls off the edge of your decking without obstructing your view of the garden. Perfect for you sun worshipers who plan to spend plenty of time in the garden in Summer 2020!

Better yet, our cable railings are infinitely easier to upkeep than glass or wood balustrades because they're made from marine grade stainless steel and are resistant to corrosion. They won't show mucky finger marks like glass, and they won't need sanding or sealing like wooden rails. 

With 2020 set to be another busy year, low maintenance & high impact garden additions are going to become a household staple. Learn more about our cable railing here...

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composite decking balcony 

Rooftop Decks & Balconies

We've had the pleasure of working on a handful of rooftop projects in 2019, and we're really looking forward to taking on a few more projects like this in the new year! 

Predictions show that summer 2020 is going to be another scorcher, and in our opinion, there's no better way to spend a hot summers day than sitting on your balcony or rooftop with a cold drink and enjoying the scenery. So, why not make the most of your roof space and convert it into a TimberTech terrace!

We know what you're thinking wouldn't a rooftop deck get really hot in the sunshine? You'll be pleased to learn that TimberTech's composite decking is resistant to heat. You'll be able to lay on a soft towel and worship the sun or wander around barefoot without the risk of sticking or stinging! 

Better still, our composite decking is fade resistant so even if it's in direct sunlight it won't lose its rich colour. You'll be able to enjoy your rooftop design year-after-year! Find out more about our rooftop balconies here...

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 We hope this gives you a better idea of the decking trends to expect in 2020. As always, if you have any questions, or if our decking predictions have sparked your interest, don't hesitate to contact a member of our friendly sales team. 

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