Composite Decking vs Real Wood: Which is Better

2024-03-11 10:38:03
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  Everyone loves a summer BBQ and no better place to host it than on your decking. As a result of the pandemic, virtually everyone has tried to make the most of their outdoor space. Composite decking is an affordable and elegant way to increase your usable floor space and make the most of your garden. But how does it compare to real wood?

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  ‘Regular wood’ requires lots of upkeep

  In terms of choice of material, wood is still popular for decking. However, the harsh reality is wood requires a lot of upkeep and care. For those of you with wooden decking, you’ll understand the annual struggle to try and protect it from the harsh extremes of the environment.

  Wood has to be painted or stained otherwise it is susceptible to becoming water-logged, warped, or bowed. In extreme circumstances, panels begin to lift up and destroy the structure. All of this maintenance is expensive and energy-intensive. With our busy lives, who has time to repaint decking every season?

  Composite decking is quick and easy to maintain

  But, there is a better alternative. Imagine reaching the summer months and all that you need to do is hose down your decking, put out your chairs, and light the BBQ. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because that is the reality of composite decking.

  Composite decking is impervious to damp

  This tough, water-resistant solution can take a beating and keep on performing. There’s no need to worry about heavy downpours. Even if your garden is flooded for days, it won’t damage the composite decking. The advanced sealing process ensures that the wood element of the product remains intact and perfectly serviceable for years—or decades! You’ll eradicate the problem of swelling and splitting that afflicts ordinary wooden decking.

  Composite decking resists harsh UV rays

  As a bonus, composite decking is also UV resistant. Even in the most scorching summer heat, it’s not affected. It will retain its color and vitality, leaving you free to enjoy your garden, season after season. You can invite friends, family, and neighbors, safe in the knowledge that your decking will always be in pristine condition.

  Composite decking doesn’t crack or splinter

  Even in winter, the cold can’t harm your composite decking. When the temperatures plummet, however, regular wood cracks and splinters. Moisture trapped inside normal wood can turn to ice, expand, and destroy the structure. So, save yourself the headache and invest in composite decking—guaranteed to weather even the harshest of storms.

  Algae won’t coat composite decking in slime

  Finally, the surfaces of composite decking are less prone to weeds or algae. You get a better grip with a clear and unspoiled surface. It’s an investment in your home that will pay dividends for years to come, and is a much sounder choice for your home than real wood.

  Click here to find out how you too can enjoy the outdoors all year round with our range of beautiful, easy-to-fit composite decking.