It’s no secret that both Composite and uPVC decking are reasonably new modern alternatives to timber decking solutions. Both bring a host of benefits and advantages over traditional timber decking to boot.
From long-lasting durability to pure practicality, there are many reasons to opt for a Composite or uPVC decking solution – but which is best for you? In this simple comparison guide, we’ll be breaking down exactly what the differences are and which option might be the best for you!
Benefits of Both
Before we look at the individual advantages of Composite and uPVC Decking, it’s worth noting the benefits they both have over traditional timber decking options.
Firstly, each of these decking options is much longer-lasting compared to softwood decking because of the materials used during the manufacturing process. Softwood decking often absorbs moisture over time, which inevitably leads to warping and wood rot as well as making them slippery and hazardous surfaces. Oppositely, both uPVC and Plastic Decking are highly water-resistant, making them resilient against the wear and degradation that occurs during winter.
Both options are also very low-maintenance decking solutions; they won’t require cleaning or protective treatment like timber decking either.
The Benefits of uPVC Decking
Because uPVC Decking is made purely from plastic, it does not suffer many of the issues that owners of traditional softwood decking encounter. Firstly, the Decking is fully water-resistant, meaning that it will not absorb moisture or develop rot and moss.
uPVC Decking is also more resistant to fading, unlike the Ecoscape Clarity & Forma collections and in some instances, wooden Decking, giving it longer-lasting durability; those who are climate-conscious will also be pleased to know that uPVC Decking is also 100% recyclable.
However, uPVC Decking does have several drawbacks too, which is why we specialise in manufacturing Composite Decking. Firstly, uPVC Decking is exceptionally rigid and offers none of the flexibility found with composite Decking. That means that any ripping our routing required during the installation of uPVC Decking is impossible (making the installation process much more difficult). You would also need trade tools to bend uPVC decking, making any required bending of the material very difficult or potentially expensive.
Also, while uPVC Decking is thoroughly water-resistant, it is not resistant to extreme temperature changes. During exceptionally hot or cold temperatures, uPVC Decking often expands and contracts, warping the shape and potentially compromising the structure. In scorching weather, uPVC Decking absorbs and retains heat, making it painful and unpleasant to walk on in bare feet. Oppositely, in freezing weather, the materials used in uPVC Decking can become brittle and begin to break.
Finally, uPVC Decking can look very unnatural and synthetic, especially when compared against traditional softwood decking or modern Composite Decking. For those who prefer a natural wood appearance, uPVC Decking is likely to appear far too ‘plastic’ for their liking.
The Benefits of Composite Decking
Composite Decking offers all of the benefits of uPVC Decking while mitigating many of the disadvantages.
Firstly, Composite Decking is manufactured using a high percentage of recycled content – unlike uPVC. The Composite material contains 55% wood (FSC 100% certified) and 45% recycled High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Each of these is sourced as manufacturing by-products, saving them from landfill sites. We take pride in this fact because it also means that not a single tree is cut down to create our Decking.
If you’re in the market for new Decking and enjoy a natural, non-plastic appearance, you’ll be pleased to know that our Composite Decking has a much more natural look and feel because of its 55% reclaimed wood fibre content.
The Decking naturally weathers and lightens a little during the first weeks following its installation due to the tannins in the wood, further adding to that satisfying ‘natural’ feel.
One final benefit (of many!) that comes with opting for our Composite Decking is the ease of installation. Because Composite Decking is made from fibrous wood material, it is a more straightforward product to install, much like traditional timber decking.
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Conclusion: Opt for Best of Both!
If you’re looking for a modern decking solution that combines the natural aesthetic and ease of installation that comes with a more traditional softwood decking option and the water resilience and long-lasting durability of plastic uPVC decking, then Composite Decking is exactly what you’re looking for!
Our range of modern decking solutions is sure to meet and surpass your every need and expectation, so be sure to stick around and browse our incredible range of Composite Decking options, all at fantastic prices!
As always, should wish to contact us directly please do so on 0845 9011 988 or get your free sample pack.