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Of course our wood composite decking has its rivals, and at TimberTech we haven’t done any ‘sweeping under the carpet’, instead, we’ve ridden out and faced them head-on! Softwood, hardwood, and plastic all offer their services to the decking world, but as you’re about to find out, none do it as well as our own composite decking!

Vs. Hardwood

Hardwood decking is a beautiful thing, and so it should be considering how many trees are pulled down to make it! We all like a slice of the genuine, authentic, and real, but sometimes the alternative offers a far better material to live with. Hardwood may look good now, but in order to maintain it you’re going to need to strip and oil it regularly – this is a time-consuming and potentially messy job that just isn’t necessary with wood composite decking.

As well as being maintenance-free - and a much more responsibly-sourced option - wood composite decking is also a lot safer! Hardwood decking can crack and cause hazardous splinters to appear, it can also collect algae and become slippery. You see, wood absorbs around 50% of water meaning it takes an age to dry, our TimberTech decking on the other hand absorbs just 1.2% meaning it’ll dry in just 30 minutes. In the inevitably-wet environment that is Great Britain, it makes so much more sense to have a slip resistant material like wood composite decking.

Vs. Softwood

Our decking looks a lot like traditional timber boards, only it is going to cause you a lot less fuss in the long-run. Not only that, but even when it comes to installation our decking is by-far the easiest option! The kind of softwood decking you’d be likely to find at your local DIY store can be a real nuisance to fit – they may also require specialist tools, and can result in loads of wasted wood!

TimberTech is made from a patented mix of polymer and wood flour, so there are no knots, and therefore no wasted wood! It truly is one the easiest decking materials to install, and we even sell accessories to make your job easier still. Plus, wood composite decking also requires none of the same maintenance and care that both softwood and hardwood do – so why guarantee yourself regular labour? 

Vs. Plastic

Plastic or PVC decking has the right idea, but if you’re going for the manufactured option, our composite boards are still miles ahead! Plastic decking is maintenance free so it definitely has that advantage over softwood and hardwood flooring. The problem is, plastic decking can look a little cheap and flimsy, as well being susceptible to bowing, flexing, and splitting. TimberTech deck is also maintenance free, but there is nothing inferior-looking about our boards – we have worked hard to reach an aesthetic level that matches the finest of real woods, meaning you get the best of both worlds.

And although plastic may require little maintenance, it doesn’t back up its quality with a 25 year guarantee like our composite deck does! Plastic may be the slightly cheaper option, but it looks it, and in a period of time you will soon see why!

So there you have it, softwood and hardwood look good, but require a heap of work to keep them looking so. Plastic decking doesn’t come with this issue, though on the other hand it doesn’t have the same quality or looks that the woods do. Our TimberTech deck really is by far the most superior material: it has all the pleasing and natural looks of the woods, but like plastic requires no regular preservation; and as an added bonus it’s easy to install, and will keep on pleasing you for years and years to come!

 

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