What are the benefits of composite decking over other types of decking?
For what is considered a relaxing outdoor getaway, a deck can be a big liability in the UK. Power washing, sanding and refinishing are some of the demands that can genuinely put off homeowners from installing one in their garden or backyard.
However, it is no longer the old era where homeowners could only opt for pressure-treated deck boards. Decking options have grown exponentially, with a wide selection now available. Of all existing decking materials, composite decking overrides them all for the many positive results it offers.
Composite decks are treated with preservatives that ward off mould, mildew and rot. This helps the deck to resist most warping, weathering and bugs, meaning you will not have to replace insect-damaged, uneven or rotting boards. These decks do not require stain, paint or seal, unlike traditional wood decks that need regular (and often burdensome) staining and cleaning.
If surface staining occurs, composite decking can be easily cleaned using a brush and household cleaners. Indeed, compared to power washing, sanding and staining that is the norm with wood decks, composite decking is truly easy to maintain.
Additionally, composite decks never sliver or splinter. So, although the initial cost is high, composite emerges as a value choice when you account for the maintenance costs associated with other decking materials.
Uniformity of composite deckng
Wood decks have the habit of fading to a dusty grey when regular sealing and staining are not observed.
If you do not like the grey colour of a weathered deck and would rather have a specific colour in your outdoor living space, composite decking that comes with a variety of non-fading colours will be the solution, such as those supplied by TimberTech.
You can even create a multi-coloured space where different composite shades are combined on one deck. With the consistency of composite decking, you can appreciate the scheme you choose for a long time, without the need to refinish or repaint.
Increased home value
Renovations are always a careful balancing act, as you want to be certain that if you invest in a deck it will look great, be functional, and give value to your home when reselling it.
The positive side of a composite deck is that it is a relatively low-risk addition. Composite decks not only add value to your lifestyle but your home too, and can recoup much of the investment when selling your home. Studies show that on average composite decks return 74% of their original cost.
Rot and pest control
Standard wood decking must be infused with heavy metals and pesticides during the pressure-treating process. If these additions are not included, the deck wood can be subjected to pest invasions.
On the other hand, composite decking does not require any additives to be mould, insect, decay and fungi resistant, as the materials used during the manufacturing process of composite decking are naturally resistant to such elements.
Traditional decks may be beautiful at the onset but lose their original appearance with time. Blistering summers and wet winters quickly take their toll, leaving some decks warped and splintered.
Composite decking is designed using a process that results in low maintenance, high performance, and warranties you can count on.
The eco-benefits of such decking also extend beyond the materials used, being virtually maintenance-free and staying out of landfill longer than other forms of decking materials.
A viable option
In summary, unlike other decking materials, composite does away with the bulk of monotonous upkeep, given that it is practically maintenance free.
Composite decking may be a relatively new product in the decking industry, but the many benefits it comes with make it a truly viable option over other materials.