Low maintenance composite decking

Composite decking mimics the look of wood but requires much less maintenance. It adds character and functionality to a home, increasing the outdoor entertaining space and often improving the resale value of a home. You have various options when choosing decking materials, but one such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity.

Decking used to be primarily made from pressure-treated wood and whilst timber remains a popular material, more and more people are opting for our composite decking. As anyone who has pressure-washed, stained and sealed wood decks can attest to, such spaces require lots of upkeep to look year after year. Our composite decking requires much less maintenance, making it highly attractive to anyone who would rather spend time using their decks instead of maintaining them.

Composite decking is any type of decking material that is formulated from different recycled materials. The majority of these materials include recycled plastic washing up liquid bottles and FSC 100% certified wood. Unlike wood, which can fade, crack and rot, our composite decking does not degrade quickly and requires very little upkeep.

Available in a variety of contemporary colours to match your decor, our composite decking also has an embossed artificial wood grain. Although composite decking is not completely impervious to the elements, with a little occasional washing and our improved stain-resistance you’ll be able to spend more time relaxing on your deck.

Composite Cladding, the green alternative?

Why not consider wood plastic composite cladding where you might previously have chosen traditional timber? Wood will never lose its instinctive appeal as a building material. We appreciate its natural characteristics and we have built with it and used it to decorate our buildings for many thousands of years.

Yet for architects and builders there are numerous drawbacks to using wood, it can rot, warp, twist and it needs constant maintenance. Wood plastic composites can offer significant advantages. These extend from financial and environmental benefits to superior qualities in terms of design, installation and durability.

Hardwood can be very expensive and is not normally FSC certified, prices can fluctuate rapidly too. For some structural building components the wood has to be knot-free as knots are points of weakness, meaning that not all of the raw material can be used. Holding stocks of timber is a costly exercise and supplies are not easily transferable to other projects.

In comparison, wood composite cladding is less expensive, being manufactured from highly abundant recyclable plastics and more importantly, it is FSC certified. The price is relatively stable, keeping costs within budget and, for the long term, is increasingly important to major suppliers in order to improve margins and protect markets. Wood plastic composite cladding delivers on all fronts. Manufacturing and maintenance costs are reduced and consistent, installation is rapid and environmental credentials are highlighted. By choosing our composites,  any project for which wood was the original design vision can be brought to fruition by combining the performance of composite cladding with the look of wood.

Please contact us on 0800 799 9082 to talk about composite claddings and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Ash Grey Composite decking, the latest trend.

Your composite decking is no longer simply a place to sit or have a barbecue in the summer, it’s becoming an extension of the interior living space With the increased use of external lighting and heating it extends the hours you can use your deck and enjoy the outside life. With all this in mind, here are four hot design trends for your summer deck.

  1. Mix your colours
    If you are looking to use an Ash Grey decking why not use a Charcoal decking board to create a border? By reversing any of our dual sided board the effect can be stunning, creating a personalised deck.
  1. Try herringbone
    Like grey flooring, parquet flooring has been an interior trend for some time. If you have herringbone parquet in your living space then it makes absolute sense to bring it to your decking. Even if you don’t have interior parquet, playing with composite decking board patterns, or simply laying the boards diagonally gives a dynamic and modern look to your decking.
  1. Dressing up your decking
    Decking is the perfect place for an outdoor room in the summer. Take your design cues from the coastal trend and dress an outdoor rattan sofa with cool green and blue cushions, go for retro style cane furniture painted in bold colours or set up your  outdoor decking with ottomans and cosy blankets for cooler evenings.
  1. Go multilevel
    Setting your decking across multiple levels lets you incorporate different themed areas – you could drop a hot tub in one or build an outdoor bar – and really maximise the available space. This is also a great way to add visual interest to a fairly bland back garden.

Our composite decking has long been a popular design choice for commercial and residential property owners looking to utilise space whilst increasing the value of their investment – and in 2018 our Ash Grey decking is the hottest outdoor furniture trend.

The essential composite decking joist

If you want to construct a base for your composite decking that will last as long as the decking look no further than Teckwood’s composite joist. Available with or without steel reinforcement it’s the ideal solution.

The standard 50 x 50mm composite joist is perfect when sitting the supporting structure of your composite decking on a solid concrete base.

Our steel reinforced 50 x 50mm composite joist is the best solution for balcony systems using pedestals, it can also be used in those difficult areas such as wetlands, boardwalks, jetties and “floating” roof top terraces.

For more information, call our friendly sales team on 0800 799 9082

Composite cladding visualiser

The world is full of different building materials and imagining how they look in our homes can be tricky.

We’ve introduced our composite cladding visualiser to help our customers bring their ideas to life. This realistic tool allows you to see exactly what your home would look like using our contemporary range of cladding colours to transform your home with one simple click of your mouse.

Manufactured from timber and recycled plastics, our composite cladding is a popular low maintenance alternative to traditional timber cladding.

Check out the Teckwood difference here https://teckwood.co.uk/visualiser-composite-cladding/

School cladding

Developers W.C.L. of Stockton on Tees have recently completed the installation of cladding work on a curved building at a primary school in York. Clad in our eco friendly cedar composite cladding, the circular wall created a challenge for the design team at  Harris Irwin Architects to construct a functioning composite clad, low maintenance wall that would be easy to maintain.

 

Fitting vertical cladding boards around a huge curving wall requires installation expertise and the team at W.C.L. used pre fabrication construction techniques to integrate the building into the environment whilst ensuring  full utilisation of the benefits offered by the materials.

 

By using stainless steel fixings and a breathable membrane the sustainably sourced fire rated composite cladding uses modern recycled elements and offers fantastic protection from the cold and damp weather.

A fresh look

When we wanted high resolution images for our web site, instead of using a local photography service we decided to give youth a chance and contacted Falmouth University as it’s a specialist university for the creative industries.

 

Falmouth University provided support and useful tips and student Charlie Battersby was chosen as she had the “killer eye” that we were looking for and she fully understood that using the latest technology and techniques is a key component in creating a successful website and marketing campaign.

 

Charlie had previously conducted work on oil and waste pollution so was a good fit to photograph our environmentally friendly products. Completing the work in the studio between university assignments, Charlie said she had thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. More of Charlie’s images can be seen at www.charliebattersby.co.uk and of course, here at Teckwood.co.uk.

Show a success

The National Home Building and Renovation Show was an amazing success for us here at Teckwood and proof that there is an upswing in the construction industry for sustainable and eco friendly building products like ours.

 

We exhibited our anti slip composite decking and fire rated composite cladding on The Oakwood Homes stand. Teckwood had one of the highest cladding displays at just over 3600mm or 3.6m high.

 

The visitors were very positive about the future of sustainable construction and justified our faith in this rapidly evolving market. Our specialist advisors were on hand throughout the show to show the range of products and chat with customers and partners and thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by our stand.

 

National Homebuilding and Renovating Show

Teckwood is exhibiting at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show which starts tomorrow the 22 and runs until the 25 March at the NEC in Birmingham. We’re exhibiting on the Oakworth Homes stand (J145) and will exhibit our range of eco friendly wood plastic composite cladding and decking.

 

Under one roof at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show you can find our latest products,  self-build specialists and renovation experts, all ready to assist you in maximising your budget. From small plots to big builds, the Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the place to pick up tools and tips from the brightest and best in the business.

 

For Teckwood the National Home Building Show is an important event to meet our customers, suppliers and partners and to talk to you about our latest developments.

 

You will find us on stand J145, we look forward to your visit.

New Partnership

On the eve of St Patricks Day, Teckwood, the market leading manufacturer of wood plastic composite (WPC) has announced an exciting new partnership with the highly regarded and well renowned Murdock Builders Merchants in Ireland The agreement involves the distribution of Teckwood’s composite decking and cladding throughout Ireland and will stabilise and strengthen Teckwood’s distribution channel with a dedicated professional builder’s merchant.

Commenting on the agreement, Lee Spender, Operations Director at Teckwood said “We are delighted to be partnering with Murdock Builders Merchants for the distribution of our wood plastic composite decking and cladding range. We are set to increase our presence in the construction arena with the planned launch of further home decking and cladding during 2018. The partnership with Murdock Builders Merchants is an integral piece of our channel portfolio jigsaw ensuring that we now have distribution agreements with a strong mix of specialist builder’s merchants.” 

If you’d like to be a distributor, get in touch.