Discover the advantages of our ethically-sourced and manufactured composite decking vs timber decking solutions.
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.
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 easy to maintain composite decking and compare to the traditional timber decking alternative.
About Timber Decking
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.
However, 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 take a look at the advantages of using Composite Decking instead.
At Ecoscape UK, we pride ourselves on our environmentally innovative decking solutions. Our composite decking boards (WPC) consist of a mixture of ethically sourced and FSC Certified wood fibres from reclaimed materials, high density recycled plastics, high-quality colour pigment and bonding agents. Our decking boards contain zero PVC and are free from any toxic ingredients that could affect your outside area.
A Low Maintenance & Long-Lasting Solution
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.
When compared to traditional timber decking, composite decking requires very little maintenance! Timber decking usually lasts a maximum of 10 years. However, our Clarity collection has a 20-year warranty, and our premium Forma collection boasts a 25-year warranty, so you can be sure you’re investing in a long-lasting product that will look great year after year. Unlike timber decking, there is no need to paint, sand or seal a composite deck. A light jet wash once a year or a brush and hose down every few months is enough to keep your composite decking at it’s best.
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.
Robust & Weather-Resistant
Being made from a combination of recycled wood fibres and plastic, composite decking is designed to withstand the exposure and elements. This hardiness means your composite decking is stronger and safer for far longer than it’s timber alternative.
Ecoscape composite decking is designed to be robust, durable and weather-resistant and will not rot, warp or splinter when exposed to the elements, As a manufactured decking solution, our composite decking boards are free from any knots, twists, splits and cracks often encountered by traditional timber decking.
Composite decking naturally absorbs less moisture than timber decking, resulting in a strong resistance to decolouration, mould and warping. Our products high-friction anti-slip qualities also makes composite decking an ideal solution for both domestic and commercial customers. 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. 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.
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.
Its hardwearing surface can withstand heavy use and the weight and movement of decking furniture. When compared to timber decking, our composite boards will not splinter, making it a child and pet-friendly solution in all seasons.
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?
A Range of Attractive Colours and Innovative Design
As mentioned, in comparison to timber decking boards, our composite decking solutions do not require any painting and a readily in a range of attractive colours, whether you’re looking for black composite decking boards, grey composite decking boards, wood effect composite decking boards and more.
Our affordable and 95% recycled Clarity decking collection offers Ecoscape UK customers a choice of five colours including Charcoal, Walnut and Ash. Dual-surface boards mean you’ll also have the choice of narrow or wide grooves generating clean lines, and the option to combine the two finishes for a unique, and innovative outdoor design.
The premium Forma range offers domestic and commercial customers a range of seven attractive colours to choose from including Midnight, Silver Birch, Spiced Oak and Havana. Our Forma collection also boasts a dual-surface finish with a wide groove on one side and a wood grain aesthetic on the other. These composite decking boards are ideal for creating a stunning and natural-looking aesthetic appeal of timber decking, without the drawbacks!
Anti-Stain Technology & Colour Resistance
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.
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 will retain its attractive colour and look stylish year after year. The materials used in our Ecoscape UK composites contain less lignin, which contributes to the discolouring over time, than traditional wood or timber decking. This results in composite decking having a much higher natural resistance to the ‘greying’ process caused by UV light exposure. Independent testing showed our Forma range of composite decking possesses outstanding colour stability when compared to timber decking and other WPC decking solutions.
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!
The Clarity and Forma decking ranges 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.
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.
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.