Composite Vs Timber Decking

Comparing The Benefits of Composite Decking To Timber

As a nation of garden lovers, we love to make the most of our outdoor space. 
With just a tiny bit of sunshine, we’re all clearing supermarket shelves at breakneck speed in the excitement of a rare opportunity for a barbeque. 
So it makes total sense that decking has been such a popular choice for our UK gardens for so long now. 


Having decking in your garden is the difference between your barbecue being a delicious meat feast or the setting of a mud fest when the inevitable showers arrive.  
With our British climate – decking is a smart move which allows your family and friends to enjoy your garden all year round rather than it being out of bounds.

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There was a time where Timber decking was your only option. Yes, it would look great when it was newly installed, but there’s a lot of maintenance involved with the upkeep of real wood so it timber decking doesn’t come without its drawbacks.
Luckily for you though, there are far more options available to you now which are virtually maintenance-free.

It can still feel daunting which type of decking to opt for so let’s take a look at the benefits of the Ecoscape range of low maintenance composite decking and compare to the traditional timber decking alternative.

Composite Decking Is Easier To Maintain

There’s no denying that the smell and feel of real wood aren’t amazing, so timber decking can be fantastic when it’s well maintained. In our climate though, it isn’t too long before that maintenance adds up. 

There are so many types of wood on offer from softwood to hardwood, that you will really need to pay close attention to which type of timber you choose for your decking boards when you buy them. You’ll also need to consider how to maintain all of the timber products you use for the building materials too. 

Timber decking requires a lot more maintenance than that of composite.

Some timbers are more robust than others during our mixed weather conditions, but whatever type you opt for, it will need protection against the elements to keep the rot and damp at bay. If you have also stained the wood for an aesthetic effect, you’ll definitely need to keep on top of that too as just one rainy season could see your lovely work start to look tired and far less attractive.

Instead of wondering  ‘What have I started?’ on the maintenance front, let’s look at Composite Decking.
Call us lazy, but there really isn’t a lot we can say here as the absolute beauty of composite decking is that all you ever need to do to maintain it, is to clean it from time to time. 

We could, however, go on for quite a while about how easy it is to have composite decking instead of timber but in a nutshell – no painting, no staining, no protecting, no sanding down of splinters…
Did we mention it’s no maintenance??  Maybe just lovingly wash its face occasionally eh?

Composite Decking Doesn’t Warp

As with many things, it’s not all about looks though is it?

Most decking is built on joists and supports of various sorts, so if you’ve used timber, you’ll need to ensure that all of these stay protected too. Not only do you want to avoid unsightly, warped decking boards, but you can’t really have a weakened support structure too, can you?

When you think that most timber decking will be given a guarantee of around 10 years, but composite decking has a 20-25 year warranty, those looking for a sound investment have only one real choice, composite!

Being made from a combination of recycled wood fibres and plastic, composite decking is designed to withstand the exposure and elements which warp, rot, splinter or weaken timber decking.
This hardiness means your composite decking is stronger and safer for far longer than it’s timber alternative.

Composite Decking Is Anti Slip

This benefit alone is where composite decking by far outshines timber.  If you’ve ever had timber decking, you’ll know that it’s not too long before wet weather can make the decking a pretty precarious place.

Who wants to be spilling their Pimm’s after a good old summer shower??

On a more serious note, if you have any very young, elderly or limited mobility family members, the last thing you want to be giving them is a slippery surface. It wouldn’t be too bad if it didn’t rain much in the UK… ok, no need to continue with that one is there?!

The Clarity composite decking range is anti-slip so you know that regardless of how wet it is, even if it’s mid-shower, you’ll not need to worry about how safe it is. In reality, that’s the difference between your decking being actively used or avoided.

Clarity composite decking has outstanding anti-slip qualities.
Clarity composite decking has outstanding anti-slip qualities

Composite Decking is Stain Resistant

This may not seem like a biggie but trust us, when you have timber decking that is starting to display the signs of wear and tear and has accumulated a few stains here and there, it makes a difference to how much you like the look of it. 

Not only are you now avoiding it getting wet because you don’t want to slip on it, but it’s also looking very unloved too.

Composite decking is like having decking with built-in anti-ageing treatment. You can completely ignore composite decking and it will still retain it’s gorgeously youthful looks but poorly maintained timber doesn’t age quite so gracefully showing all those signs of wear and tear before too long.

Composite Decking Comes Pre Coloured

Okay so we said before it’s not all about the looks, and we know it isn’t. 
But we’re definitely not going to omit the difference it makes having your brand new decking instantly matching its surroundings.

With so many people choosing to merge their outdoor living with parts of their homes, it makes a huge difference being able to choose composite decking colours which align with that.  Imagine a stunning dark grey kitchen, with bi-fold or sliding doors opening out onto gorgeous decking of a complementing colour and not a dash of paint was needed. 

The Clarity and Forma decking ranges (pictured) have 12 colours to choose from.

Coloured composite decking can instantly transform the appearance of your garden or enhance the area immediately outside your house.  You can cleverly bring the appearance of the decking into your kitchen, orangery or dining room using your colour scheme very quickly. Not only does it instantly transform the visual impact but the effects are long-lasting too. 

Trying to achieve this with timber decking would entail a LOT of staining or painting and usually a couple of coats to make sure it looks uniform and professional too.  And then we’re back to the main point again of having to maintain it too.

Did we mention that composite decking is much easier to maintain by any chance?

Hopefully, these benefits have given you some insight into how much easier it is to instantly transform your garden with composite decking or materials.  You can see how it’s not only the instant makeover that you benefit from but also the long term benefits of having a solid and safe, maintenance-free solution.

If you’d like any help or advice on which products would work best for your home and lifestyle, get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.