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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!

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