When is wood not wood? When it’s plastic composite garden decking!

When is wood not wood? When it’s plastic composite garden decking!

Until quite recently, if you had wooden decking, you had to suffer the vagaries of the weather wreaking havoc with your lovely garden feature. However, recent developments in wood composites mean that plastic garden decking is an attractive and affordable alternative to temperamental wood. But is plastic decking really a viable and desirable alternative to traditional timber?

What is wrong with timber decking?

Whilst few would argue against the beauty and functionality of a freshly installed traditional timber deck, it doesn’t stay pristine without considerable upkeep and maintenance. In a short time, the colour will start to fade and become less vibrant. Now some people will point out that weathered wood has a charm all of its own, but dull grey lifeless wood is not a pretty sight. In addition, it is likely there will be bulging and splitting, a result of repeated swelling and shrinking following extremes of moisture and heat. Why spend time sanding, treating and sealing your decking, when you could be enjoying your garden and leisure time instead? Add to that the trauma of picking splinters out of the tiny feet of wailing children and you’d be hard pushed to think of a reason to use timber in your garden at all.

Is plastic decking really the answer?

Yes! It really is the answer to all your decking problems. It is exceptionally low maintenance, requiring no sanding, painting or sealing. Its composition eliminates woodworm, rotting, warping and splitting. The growth of fungi and mould is significantly reduced, as well as an increased resistance to attack from insects. Installation is straightforward, as plastic composite has a consistent size and shape, is lightweight and is easier to cut than timber.

But what does it look like?

It looks like wood! It maintains its wood-like appearance and consistent colour over its lifespan, with no need for maintenance. There is a wide variety of colours and textures available to suit a myriad of uses, from gardens and hot tubs, to marinas and swimming pools. The range of boards available is ever increasing, with the very latest composite decking boards being manufactured with a polymer sleeve to further enhance durability and moisture resistance.

So if you’re planning to install or replace your decking, the sensible choice has to be composite plastic. In addition to the reasons outlined above, you’ll be helping the planet, because composite decking is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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