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The Benefits of Composite Decking

When you’re working on a project for a commercial installation, updating a garden area, replacing old boards, or you simply want an outdoor space that’s of contemporary style and easy-to-maintain - this guide will give you some insight as to why composite decking is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional wooden decking.

 

What is composite decking?

Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking is a fairly new product to the market, yet it’s already making 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.

 

ecodek 

ecodek Heritage 

This range of solidly constructed WPC decking features a realistic wood grain effect, which gives you the look of timber without the drawbacks, together with the use of face fixing screws that give the look of wooden boards. All ecodek products have received a ‘carbon negative’ status in the production of their composite decking boards, making them an ideal choice for eco-conscious developments. 

ecodek Signature AT

Featuring the same solid construction as the Heritage version, the Signature AT range is reversible with a ribbed or grooved design - much like the style of traditional wood decking. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both types of ecodek decking boards have these key benefits:

  • Low maintenance

  • Doesn’t promote mould or algae growth

  • Low potential for slip in wet or dry conditions

  • Won’t stain, split, rot or splinter

  • Eco-friendly

  • Made in Britain

  • 25-year guarantee

  • Wide range of colours available

 

Composite Prime

HD Deck Dual 

This dual-sided composite decking features a natural wood grain with two colour options in one - giving you the freedom to be creative with your decking design. The ‘capped’ outer layer creates a protective barrier to help protect against fading and weathering, ensuring a long life. The hollow construction makes this board lightweight and helps with heat absorption. These boards are secured with end clips, which are then screwed in place - this gives you a seamless finish with no fixings on show. 

HD Deck XS 

The HD Deck XS board has a contemporary ribbed design available in a range of popular on-trend colours that will fit into any garden design. There is no need for screws with this composite decking board thanks to the hidden-clip system, giving you a clean professional finish. The hollow construction of this decking allows for better heat absorption and reduced weight.

The HD Deck Dual and XS versions have these key benefits:

  • Eco-friendly

  • Low maintenance

  • Anti-fungal properties

  • Won’t warp, bend or splinter

  • Slip resistant

  • Suitable for residential and commercial use

 

HD XS Fire 

This version of the HD XS decking boards offer class B fire rating that is ideal for the construction industry, giving peace of mind to anyone installing balconies, verandahs and roof terraces, as well as garden and landscaping applications. As with the other Composite prime products these boards use a hidden-clip system for a sleek installation and a hollow construction, meaning it’s lightweight with greater heat absorption.

  • Class B fire rated

  • Eco-friendly

  • Low maintenance

  • Anti-fungal properties

  • Won’t warp, bend or splinter

  • Slip resistant

  • Suitable for residential and commercial use

  • Lightweight, hollow construction

For Composite Prime decking products (excluding accessories e.g. clips etc.) you should register the guarantee via their website to be covered. Below you will find the details of warranties that apply:

Residential: HD Deck® XS - 10 years from the date of purchase • HD Deck® Dual - 25 years from the date of purchase.

Commercial: HD Deck® XS - 5 years from the date of purchase. • HD Deck® Dual - 10 years from the date of purchase.
 

BSW 

Habitat Wood Composite Decking 

Habitat Wood Composite decking boards have a hollow construction making them lightweight and quick and easy to install. These deck planks are reversible with narrow grooves on one side and an embossed wood grain effect on the other. The hidden fixing clips ensure a smooth surface that’s comfortable under bare feet. 

  • 10-year guarantee

  • Reversible design

  • Low maintenance

  • Won’t warp, splinter or rot

  • Eco-friendly

  • Quick and easy fit

  • Lightweight, hollow construction

 

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