Composite Decking New Alternative to Timber Decking
Composite Decking – What is it?
Composite decking is a new alternative to traditional wooden decking. I has the look and feel of timber decking plus many additional benefits and features that standard wooden decking doesn’t.
Read on if you’re considering a decking project and would like to know more about this modern, product that looks great and promises to be a low maintenance alternative to common timber construction decking.
Benefits of Composite Decking
Decking made from composite materials has the look and character of a solid wood deck but with lots of additional benefits which make it a definite choice which should be considered when planning your diy decking project.
Made from wood and polymer, this new material offers plenty of benefits over wood. Unlike wood, it’s weather proof, so it won’t split and warp and doesn’t need extra protective paints and varnishes to keep it looking good.
Because there’s no annual treatments required to preserve the wood from wind and rain [is moisture resistant], you can save time and money. Composite decking looks good all year round.
Composite Decking: Wood and Polymer Material
Composite decking is made from natural wood fibres and a polymer resin (polyethylene). These two materials combine together to create a decking product with all the beauty and versatility of wood while having the toughness and durability of plastic.
Manufacturers ofare keen to point out their green credentials, this new decking can be made from reclaimed wood and the polymer ingredient can be taken from recycled plastics.
There’s also the environmental factor of not having to use chemical preservative a stains every year. You won’t have to treat your decking to a coat of decking stain and varnish when it starts looking weary. All those half empty coloured tubs of wooden garden care products can now be safely disposed of.
Building a Deck with Composite Decking Strips
Just like conventional wood decking, composite decking doesn’t need any specialist tools to work with. Some simple DIY tools in your toolkit will be all that’s needed. A saw, plumbline, spirit level, screw driver etc are all standard items you should already have before starting your DIY timber project.
Decking kits are available in various sizes from suppliers, giving everything you need to complete the deck inc boards, fascias and joists. Screws for the joists and boards should also be included as standard in the kits.
Those of you who want to build a bespoke decking unit will benefit from lengths of 6 metres and longer, reducing the need to join boards in the middle of the decked area. Some systems even include an invisible fastener system so there is no screw heads on show.
Colours and Shades
Composite decking comes in a variety of shades from different suppliers, all the usual varieties of woods are available – cedar, chestnut, redwood etc, and for the modern contemporary look greys and blacks can also be found.
Due to the nature of the product, painting the decking if you prefer a colour change is advisable. It’s best to chose your colour carefully to avoid any regrets about colour choices once it’s fitted.