What ARE the 11 real benefits of composite decking?
Composite Decking What Is It?
Composite decking is comprised of recycled materials including FSC certified timber. It is free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals typically utilized in the creation and maintenance of wooden decks. Teckwood’s composite decking provides a range of environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly options. Meaning it is not as detrimental to the planet. Composite decking is the fastest growing alternative to traditional wood decking. The decking boards are resistant to moisture, weathering, and fading. Unlike natural wood, composite decking boards leverage high performance recycled materials and innovative technology for ultra long life protection.
In the same way as timber decking, composite decking allows you the flexibility to design a deck that fits your every need. Composite decking materials come in a variety of colours and shapes that are suitable for just about any outdoor design that you may be able to think of. Anything you can create using traditional timber can be replicated with using composite decking down to the enhanced wood grains and subtle contemporary colours. Available in a range of traditional and contemporary colours, the board patterns and tones can be combined and contrasted to highlight deck edges for an elegant, modern finish.
Offering all the natural beauty of wooden decking in a stronger and more practical aesthetic form Teckwood’s composite decking boards are manufactured with an authentic wood grain pattern to enhance any outside area. The decking’s stainless steel hidden fastener system keeps your finished deck pristine and offers a clean, uniform look to the finished decking that does not sacrifice performance. Teckwood provide an option of a reversible decking design, featuring attractive wood grain on one side or both sides of the board, and textured ridges on the other giving you all the beauty of traditional wood.
If not maintained on a regular basis, traditional timber decks can quickly deteriorate, especially with the seasons that we have here in the UK, cold winters, hot summers, and rainy springs. Fortunately, not only do plastic composite decks hold up great against a range of temperatures you can rest assured that your decking with have a long life without all the hassle of wood.
Composite decking when installed correctly is generally far safer than a timber deck and it reduces the risk of accidents, especially with old, infirm, children and animals. Teckwood’s composite decking boards have no exposed installation fixtures, resulting in a clean and seamless finish. There is no potential for loose screws to pop up above the board which can be a serious hazard for little feet, big feet and paws.
Splinters can be a nasty surprise, especially around screw holes and are an almost unavoidable feature of timber decking. When it rains, the wood gets wet and can expand as water is absorbed. When the sun shines it dries out, this constant change in climate causes the timber decking boards to crack, warp and splinter. This is unavoidable with timber, even with regular maintenance and the coating with a UV protective substance. It has been reported that a number of cases of broken limbs have been caused by the slippery nature of timber decks.
- Cost Efficient
When it comes to installation costs, most people will be surprised to learn that composite decks are actually cheaper to build over the long run. Although they may be a bit more expensive when purchasing, Teckwood’s composite decking actually costs less when factoring in maintenance and durability. Initially if you choose to purchase with pressure treated softwood timber, you would probably end up paying more much more in maintenance fees, stain, repairs and still have to replace the deck in about 10 years time. Reducing maintenance in your life is an added advantage of composite decking as well as increasing your home’s value. Not only does this mean that composite decking is cheaper to build over its lifespan, but you can also reap the rewards when you decide to sell your home.
- Low Maintenance
Teckwood’s composite decking performs well in all types of weather conditions. Not only will it stand the test of time, but it needs very little maintenance to keep up its original vibrant appearance. With composite wood decking, you do not have to paint, stain, or seal it. Composite materials are also resistant to warping, rotting, weathering, and other problems associated with traditional wood decks.
Normally you would expect to maintain a wooden decking at least every year, if not twice a year, and possibly replace it every 10 to 15 years. This can be very labour intensive, not forgetting a costly process.
The strength and durability of Teckwood’s composite decking boards result in a deck with a significantly longer lifespan than could be expected from traditional timber decking.
Teckwood believe that you should spend more time enjoying your deck than maintain it.
Keeping plastic out of landfills and out of the world’s oceans and seas must become a priority for the health of our biosphere. But the plastic does have to go somewhere. And it can be used in a variety of sustainable ways. Recycling plastic is a necessary step in the right direction for living lightly upon the earth, it is only the first step. In traditional recycling, plastic can only be down-cycled. In other words, a plastic water bottle cannot be made into another plastic water bottle. Water bottles are typically turned into plastic bags, the last step in the life of recycled plastic. That is until Teckwood’s composite decking came along creating a new role for plastic in going green at home. Teckwood’s composite decking is created by combining wood with plastic. The wood used in the process is always taken sustainable sources making composite decking a great option for the environmentally conscious homeowner.
Sustainability is at the core of everything that Teckwood do. We use up to 90% of recycled material in our composite decking. The FSC 100% certified wood and high density plastics used make Teckwood’s decking probably the most sustainable on the market. Homeowners choose Teckwood over traditional timber. Teckwood have diverted millions of tons of waste from landfills and reuse 90% plus of our internal wastage.
Teckwood high performance composite decking provides the look and feel of real wood, but without the environmental impact of deforestation. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional timber for deck boards. Conserving natural resources and re-using plastic waste, choosing the eco-friendly composite alternative to timber minimises the environmental impact of any decking project and should be the by words of any responsible decking supplier.
- Long Lifespan/Durability
Teckwood believe in producing decks that can stand the test of time because of the highly structured manufacturing process and its ability to withstand the harshest of weather conditions.
The unprecedented durability and beauty is a testament to the quality and value of wood composite plastic decking.
Teckwood’s composite decking has been designed for maximum durability and will not crack, fade, split or warp in the way that traditional timber deck boards do. By combining the strength of plastic with the look of wood, Teckwood’s composite decking boards are stronger and denser than timber and are designed to withstand the elements while maintaining both looks and structure.
- Pest Free
Composite decking’s innovative materials science combine to product a decking that is resistant to bugs and will not mould or decay over time. When softwood decking is not treated or maintained it can result in pests, unwanted growths and other negative outcomes. Composite plastic decking keeps moisture out and your structural integrity intact.
- Strong warranties
When looking for the ultimate assurance in lasting beauty Teckwood’s warranties offer additional peace of mind. Composite decking is very durable and their guarantee is an important consideration for home owners. In addition the expected life expectancy of Teckwood’s composite decking is between 25 to 30 years. Not forgetting the payoff you get over time in decreased maintenance costs and increased leisure time composites provide compelling value.