We’re frequently asked what are the benefits of composite decking and why should I invest in composite decking over timber? We may be biased, but we believe by choosing composite decking you will benefit in a variety of ways. This blog covers just a few of those benefits that we think will persuade you to choose composite decking for your next project.

Composite Decking vs Wood Decking

Timber is the traditional and most used material of choice when it comes to creating decking. Whilst real wood can look beautiful, it takes time and dedication to keep it looking that way. Timber decking requires regular treatments to protect it from the elements. If neglected it can rot, warp, and splinter making it not only unsightly, but also unsafe. Also, although wooden decking may seem the most environmentally friendly choice, most timber is imported and so has travelled miles across the world by ship or plane. The wood may also have come from unsustainable forestry sources.

In contrast, composite decking does not need any treatments to guard it from the weather. It is split, splinter, and slip resistant, extremely durable, and requires very little maintenance to keep it looking like new. Composite decking, such as that produced by Ecodek, is also the most sustainable option. Manufactured here in the UK using environmentally considerate processes, Ecodek boards are made from 95% recycled and sustainably sourced materials and have not travelled across the globe to reach your garden.

Advantages of Composite Decking

As mentioned above, we believe there are several benefits to choosing composite decking over traditional timber, but here are a few we think you will be most interested in.

1. Durability

Composite decking is designed to live an extremely long life and is different to traditional timber decking boards in that it will not crack, split, or warp. By combining the strength of plastic with the look and feel of wood, composite deck boards are stronger and denser than timber. Composite decking can withstand the diverse range of elements we experience throughout the year, whilst still maintaining both its stunning looks and robust structure.

2. Sustainability

Ecodek by its very nature is a champion of sustainability and we are committed to ensuring our products not only look the part but are also good for the environment. An environmentally friendly alternative to traditional timber, Ecodek’s composite decking boards are made from 95% recycled and sustainably sourced raw materials, that are 100%

recyclable. By choosing the eco-friendly composite alternative to timber you will be minimising the environmental impact of your decking project.

3. Low Maintenance

As well as being extremely durable, composite decking boards require very little maintenance to keep up its original, luxurious appearance. Whereas traditional timber decking requires sanding, sealing, and staining on a regular basis, composite decking only requires an occasional sweep to remove debris and a thorough clean every 6 months to prevent the build-up of mould or dirt.

4. Design & Aesthetics

Composite decking is crafted to provide you with all the natural beauty of a wooden decking, without any of the hassle. Ecodek’s composite decking comes in a variety of designs and colours to provide you with flexible options when designing your outdoor space. Composite decking can be styled in a variety of ways, by matching or contrasting it to your home, adding a picture frame effect, or creating patterns with multi-tonal colour options.

5. Value for Money

Although the initial cost of composite decking can be higher than your traditional timber decking, when the savings on maintenance and replacement boards are factored in, composite decking can end up paying for itself in a matter of years. Further to this, the strength and durability of composite decking leads to a longer lifespan than that that would be expected from timber.

If you’d like to know more about the many benefits of composite decking and what it can offer you and your project, call our expert team today on 01978 667 840.