What is Composite Decking?
Offering the attractive appearance of hardwood with the added bonus of increased durability, composite decking is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional wood decking. But what is composite decking exactly? Here at Arnold Laver, we’ve created a complete guide to composite decking to answer your questions. From its materials and cost to its many benefits and even how to clean it, we’ve detailed all you need to know before deciding if it could be the right choice for your garden.
What is Composite Decking Made Of?
Composite decking is made from a combination of recycled plastic and wood fibres such as sawdust and woodchips. During the manufacturing process, this mix is heated and formed into lengths of board before being cooled.
There are two types of composite decking; capped and uncapped. Capped composite decking is made with an exterior plastic coating bonded to the core which provides protection from fading and staining. While still highly-resistant and hardwearing, uncapped composite bonding doesn’t have this protective layer and is, therefore, more susceptible damage from external environmental factors.
The Benefits of Composite Decking
Composite decking’s popularity is largely down to the fact is has many benefits that give it an advantage over traditional wooden decking:
- Due to its plastic content, composite decking is much more durable and resistant to damp, mould, rot and other environmental factors than standard wood. Unlike wood alternatives, composite wood is also more resistant to warping, bending, stains and fading from sunlight exposure.
- As well as its durability, composite decking also provides an excellent surface to walk on. Unlike traditional wood, it’s splinter-free and, due to its minimal water absorption, also highly slip-resistant, even in wet weather.
- A big plus when it comes to composite decking is the fact that these factors all remove the need for regular maintenance and costly upkeep that can come with traditional wooden decking.
- And, as well as being far easy to maintain, high-quality composite decking also has a longer lifespan than wooden decking and will, therefore, need replacing much less frequently.
- Due to its recycled materials, long life and the fact it doesn’t require treatment from chemicals, composite decking is considered one of the most environmentally-friendly of decking options on the market.
How Much Is Composite Decking?
Due to its myriad benefits and the fact it’s more expensive to manufacture, composite decking tends to be slightly more expensive up-front than hardwood decks. However, as it requires less maintenance and lasts longer than traditional wooden decking, it ends up a more cost-effective choice in the long run. At Arnold Laver, we offer a variety of composite decking options with varying price brackets to suit every budget.
How to Clean Composite Decking
While composite decking is resistant to staining, it may still need an occasional clean. Whether it be from plant pollen or food and drink spillages, if stains do happen, it’s important to tend to them as soon as they occur. When it comes to how to clean composite decking and remove stains, scrubbing a simple soap and water solution lengthways down the plank should do the trick.
To keep it looking its best throughout the year, we recommend using a garden brush to sweep leaves and dirt from its surface and occasionally hose it down with a garden hose when needed. Aside from this, composite decking doesn’t require any further maintenance or treatments!
Think composite decking could be the ideal choice for your garden or patio? Discover our full range here at Arnold Laver, where you can find a wide range of premium quality options in a variety of attractive finishes to choose from.