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A Guide to composite wood decking

Everything you need to know...

Quick Glance Benefits

Low maintenance

No need to treat, oil or regularly otherwise maintain your decking

no splinters, warping, rot

Your decking will stay the same as the day you put it down

non-slip surface

Perfect for environments where safety is a concern or children may be present

easy to install

Fit it yourself or request the help of any confident DIY installer

What is composite decking?

Composite wood decking combines the best of both worlds, bringing together the durable, low maintenance qualities of plastic with the natural appeal of wood-fibres to create a strong, future proof decking material which lasts years longer than traditional wood decking.

Our composite wood decking is built to withstand the elements, simply put, it won’t rot, mould, warp or suffer from scratches typically associated with regular wood decking.

It looks great, it’s build to last and it’s practically maintenance free. what’s not to like?

Is composite decking better than wood?

Look and feel

This is subjective, but we believe that composite wood decking provides a much more consistent and smart aesthetic, without imperfections and varying grain in it’s finish.

Timber decking can be prone to splinters if not properly cared for along with other issues caused by weathering. Composite decking will retain it’s look regardless of your climate.

Maintenance

Traditional wood decking can last a lifetime when installed properly but this will require regular maintenance (including stain and moisture prevention). Composite decking requires far less maintenance, in-fact, simply cleaning it regularly will provide a life-span of 20-30 years – with basically no effort or loss in looks and quality! 

A wood/timber decking which has not been sufficiently maintained will often need replacing in as little as five to ten years.

Cost

Wooden decking is commonly seen as the cheaper, more conventional route to obtaining your garden deck. The initial cost of a quality Composite Wood Shop deck may thus seem expensive compared to a wooden one, but the investment is one that is guaranteed to pay off. 

The associated costs of maintaining a traditional wood decking (stains, oils and other treatment materials) aren’t necessary for composite wood decking, which means you can easily re-cooperate the initial outlay cost well within 10 years.

how much will i need?
How much will I need?

We would always advise ensuring you order slightly more than the required amount, to give yourself room for error, or to fill any additional, un-planned space.

Our top tips for installing decking

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During the planning stage, make sure you factor in potential wastage. We recommend including an additional 10% of materials.

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If you are including diagonal decking in your installation, include an extra 15% decking material to incorporate additional wastage.

3

Make sure that there is no more than 30cm between each of your decking support joists. If you need to use butt joints, then use double joints for these.

4

Make sure you leave a suitable gap at the butt joints in-case of any expansion.

5

To achieve a straighter, cleaner edge on your decking, use a straight board when trimming your decking edge. You'll be really pleased with the results!

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Ensure that your environment is as clean and tidy as possible during installation to reduce un-wanted debris, dust and dirt build-up.

Composite Wood Shop Decking

Standard

Our standard 2.9m composite decking. Looks great and is super easy to install while being super durable and lightweight.

Comes with a warranty against warping and splitting, guaranteeing you a perfect finish.

Woodgrain

Our best selling 3.6m anti-slip board woodgrain effect range is perfect for balcony and terrace areas.

Comes with a warranty against warping and splitting, guaranteeing you a perfect finish.

Frequently asked questions

Composite decking is a great material that moulds together plastic resin with real wood and real wood fibres. This combination allows for a superb looking product with a much increased life span than traditional wooden decking. As it is made from recycled materials, it is also good for the environment.

With composite decking, you never need to worry about sanding, staining or painting. Just an occasional soap-and-water cleaning is all that’s needed to maintain stability and beauty for decades. 

Composite decking provides the look and feel of wood without the environmental impact. 

Although the initial cost of composite decking can be higher, when you factor in the cost of ongoing maintenance required with a wood deck, a composite deck can end up paying for itself in well under 10 years.

Wooden decking is commonly seen as the cheaper, more conventional route to obtaining your garden deck. The initial cost of a quality Composite Wood Shop deck may thus seem expensive compared to a wooden one, but the investment is one that is guaranteed to pay off.

Wood-plastic composite decking is famous for its longevity, a quality that traditional wooden decking often lacks. Customers often find that they have to replace their wooden deck in as little as five to ten years if strict maintenance routines aren’t kept up. 

Our quality decking ranges are low maintenance and won’t splinter wrap and rot, which is often the case with wooden boards.

You should expect your composite wood decking to last 20-30 years when looked after as recommended.

Composite Wood Shop decking even comes with a 10 year Fade and Stain Warranty, ensuring that it will continue to look and perform as well as the first day it was installed.

This is not a recommended practice. In many decking replacement jobs, joists end up being replaced, repaired or capped. This is due to the common discovery of decay beneath the decking, usually where the fastener penetrated the joist. When updating a deck with new decking, it’s crucial that the old decking be removed so the joists and beams can be assessed and repaired if necessary.

Installing decking over old decking will drastically reduce the lifespan of the material. The joints between two materials will readily trap water in wet environments. This contact area should be limited only to the top of the joists, leaving most of the decking exposed on both sides. If placed on top of other decking, there will be little drying potential beneath the new decking and more rapid decay of both the new and old can be expected. For manufactured products, installations over old decking or solid surfaces are prohibited and will likely void the warranty.

Unlike traditional decking, composite decking does not become slippery when wet. Composite decking absorbs significantly less water than traditional materials and also limits the growth of fungi and mould which can make the surface slippery. This gives you a safe and secure platform to walk on, making it suitable for everybody including children and the elderly.

The best way to clean your decking is to use soapy water and gently scrub with a soft bristle brush.

Composite decking is designed for maximum durability. It resists fading, staining, scratching and mould and won’t rot, crack or warp. It’s also splinter-free, making it safer and more comfortable for families with kids and pets.

Composite decking can be cut, drilled, and fastened just like traditional wood, but there are a few tricks you should know to make your project easier, and provide a more professional finish.

It is important to recognize that composite decking expands and contracts with heat and cold. This fact will greatly influence how you go about working with the material to reduce waste and make your project easier.

After purchasing the material, store the composite decking flat and bundled, if possible, in the area where you will be cutting and installing it. The decking should be at the same temperature as the area where it will be installed.

We do not actually recommend using a pressure washer to clean your decking. The truth is, you won’t need to! Please follow the cleaning advice above.

In theory you can paint or stain your composite wood decking if treated and primed correctly however, generally it is not a material which needs painting.