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The Benefits of Composite Decking


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What is composite decking?

Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking has made a big impact in the landscaping arena. It can be used in home gardens, as well commercial settings, and is an eco-friendly alternative to wooden decking boards boasting a much longer life. 


What is composite decking made of?

This type of deck board is made up of 95% recycled plastic and wood flour - it is this mix that makes it strong, hard wearing and rot resistant - not to mention environmentally friendly. 


Why choose composite over traditional timber?

Composite deck boards are considered stronger than timber planks because of their innovative construction, which gives them a longer life span. Timber will suffer damage from the elements over time, unlike the composite material that won’t warp, splinter or rot - making it comfortable under bare feet too. 

All of our WPC decking is made up of recycled materials. So, you can be safe in the knowledge that you're helping to reduce the carbon footprint whilst creating a stand-out feature using a sustainable product.

Being virtually maintenance free, you won’t need to continually re-stain or varnish, and will benefit from an occasional wipe down with warm soapy water, to keep it looking like new. And, with the added benefit of UV stabilisers this type of decking is less likely to fade and deteriorate.

You’ll find a range of colour options to choose from and a choice of finishes - from ribbed, grooved and natural wood grain effect, so you can complement a whole range of design themes - from a rustic oak to the industrial-inspired slate grey.  


How do you cut composite decking boards?

You don’t need any specialist equipment or tools to install this type of decking. You can cut composite deck boards with standard woodworking tools e.g. circular saw and cross mitre.


What’s the difference between the different types of composite deck?

Each brand will have their own unique selling point, along with the product’s benefits and features, but it can be difficult to know the difference between them all and make a discerned choice on a relatively new product. Below is a brief outline of each make we have available, along with key features - hopefully making the decision a little easier.

Composite Prime
  • HD Deck Dual 
  • HD Deck XS
  • HD XS Fire
  • Habitat Wood Composite Decking

We hope you’ve found this article helpful in choosing your composite decking. If you are looking for more Gardens & Landscaping ideas and inspiration head over to Trade Corner for more tips and advice.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.

Always refer to the manufacturer's guidance for installation instructions and product maintenance.