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Which composite decking is best?

So you’ve read all about the different types of decking available, and you’ve decided composite decking is the right choice for your garden. We can’t disagree – it boasts some incredible features. Being made from a mixture of plastic and wood, composite decking has the incredible aesthetic of natural wood while being far less maintenance (you’ll never need to stain, seal or paint a composite deck), lasts much longer and is far more durable.

But guess what – your search isn’t over.

There are several brands and product types when it comes to composite decking and they aren’t created equally. In this guide, we’re going to give you an overview of the composite decking options available to you and help you decide on the best decking for your garden.

RealGroove Composite Decking Boards

RealGroove composite decking boards were developed right here at eDecks, exclusively with our manufacturer, with the aim of creating the perfect “real wood” look composite board – and we are confident that you won’t find anything better.

It is fully reversible, extremely strong and thick at 22mm deep. Unlike many other composite decking products that create the wood look using a ‘scratched surface’ technique, RealGroove boards use a longer lasting technique through scoring indentations designed to outlast other composite boards on the market today. These deep indentations provide a longer lasting wood effect as well as an anti-slip property.

Many years of eDecks research has gone into the development of this board, but as we have manufactured the board ourselves, we can still offer unbeatable pricing on them; which means you get a top of the range composite deck at a far more reasonable price than other luxury brands.

RealGroove composite decking boards come in both pre-cut sizes and cut-to-size options.

You can find great deals on RealGroove composite decking here, starting from just £6.99 per metre.

EverGrain Composite Decking Boards

EverGrain composite decking boards are a luxury brand in the composite decking arena. The boards are manufactured to an extremely high standard in the U.S.A. with colours that are specially blended to create a “true to life” wood finish on all of their products. They boast unique grain patterns with a deep texture and can be easily mistaken for real wood.

While having an incredibly realistic aesthetic, the deep grain also offers extra anti-slip properties, which are an added benefit in our unpredictable British weather! EverGrain composite decking will not rot, fade, split or splinter – giving you the perfect blend of wood grain look with all the benefits of man-made board. 

EverGrain composite decking boards come in both pre-cut sizes and cut-to-size options.

You can find great deals on EverGrain composite decking here, starting from just £7.14 per metre.

Castle Top Composite Decking Boards

Castle Top boards are designed with very deep grooves and are an excellent choice for outdoor use. The deep grooves offer the most significant amount of anti-slip protection, as water will pool within the grooves and run off the deck. Because of this, they are often chosen for use near pools and hot tubs to increase safety.

The obvious drawback for some is that these boards don’t prioritise on the “real-wood” look.

Like the RealGroove boards, Castle Top boards are thick and long lasting with a depth of 22mm. They are also available exclusively at eDecks, at an incredibly affordable price.

Castle Top composite decking boards come in pre-cut sized boards 146mm wide and either 2.4m or 3.6m long.

You can find great deals on Castle Top composite decking here, starting from just £6.99 per metre.

Composite Decking Tiles

eDecks also offer interlocking composite decking tiles alongside composite decking boards which, are probably the most straightforward deck to install with an interlocking system that even someone with basic DIY skills can install with ease.

As with all composite, it is extremely low maintenance and a great long-lasting decking option. The tiles can even be installed on top of existing decking, slabs or concrete and come with some hi-tech feature options, such as LED lighting, should you wish to make your deck even more luxurious. The LED lighting is entirely solar powered, meaning you can have a beautiful night lit deck with no electrical experience!

The decking tiles come in the ‘castle top’ design with very deep grooves to allow for proper drainage and reduce the risk of slips and falls, and they start from just £3.50 per tile.

Decking tiles are likely the most expensive option, but it’s easy to see why with all the excellent properties of composite decking boards with the added bonus of easy installation.

Composite decking tiles come in sizes of 295mm x 295mm.

You can find great deals on composite decking tile here, starting from just £3.50 per tile.

Want to know more about composite decking?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on composite decking, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

The Best Decking Materials of 2019

Have you decided to build a new deck this summer? Well, before you crack out your toolbox, read on to find out more about all the best material options for your deck in 2019 and the pros and cons of each.

Plus – look out for the incredible savings you could make on decking materials at eDecks!

Decking Materials: Get to know your material options

So what are your options for decking materials? In 2019, there isn’t just plain wood – you can choose from softwood, hardwood, composite and antislip decking materials. Below is a brief outline on each decking material, and what they are most suited for.

Softwood Decking

Softwood is the cheapest decking material you’ll find; it has a beautiful natural aesthetic and is most commonly cut from either redwood or larch. It doesn’t, however, usually last as long as hardwood and requires much more maintenance to help it last as long as possible. Having said that, with proper care and maintenance, your softwood decking could last up to 25 years.

You can find softwood decking here.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood is the most expensive option when it comes to decking, but it’s also usually seen as the most beautiful choice. Hardwood decking is most commonly cut from either Balau or Walnut trees. It’s not just chosen because of its beautiful finish; it lasts far longer than softwood with much less maintenance required – usually up to 50 years.

You can find hardwood decking here.

Composite Decking

Composite is a relatively new decking material that boasts some incredible features. It’s a combination of real wood fibres and plastic that allow your deck to have a natural wood finish, while also having some incredibly long lasting and waterproofing features that you wouldn’t get with completely natural wood. It’s also the lowest maintenance option – whereas all woods will require at very minimum annual cleaning and finishing, composite doesn’t need any refinishing to help it last. It should also last up to 50 years.

Composite decking can even come along with some cool features, like built-in lighting with solar panel charging.

You can find composite decking here.

Antislip

While probably not the most attractive option, antislip decking is a great choice if you either want to use your deck in wet weather, if you have a hot tub or if you want to minimise your chance of slips and falls. It’s definitely one of the safest decking options and with the many available finishes, it’s a very popular option.

You can find antislip decking here.

Decking Materials: Product Options

Finding the right decking doesn’t end at picking a material – the materials come in a variety of product types. Again, each decking product has pros and cons to consider. Here is some information on the three main forms of decking:

Decking Boards

The most common way to buy decking is to simply buy decking boards. It allows for complete versatility; you can have any size or shape of decking you choose. It does require you to plan everything out to work out how much decking you’ll need, but eDecks can help you with boards that are cut to your specified size in many decking material types.

You can find all types of decking boards here.

Decking Kits

If you are hoping for a square or rectangular deck, it might be even simpler to order a cut to size decking kit. It will not only come with the exact boards you need but also pre-cut joists and a fixing kit to make your life as easy as possible. You can even buy decking kits that come with fencing and pergolas!

You can find decking kits here.

Decking Tiles

Decking tiles are likely the simplest to install; some even featuring interlocking systems. You can also buy some decking tiles with built-in features, like LED lights. You can also install decking tiles over an original deck to refinish it, as long as it is structurally sound. You can also create a ‘checkerboard’ pattern, which is an attractive look on some decks.

You can find decking tiles here.

Want to know more about decking materials?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on decking materials, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our decking materials (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Before we get into the safety, we want to know what is your favorite part of Bonfire night? or the lead up to it? Here at eDecks we love

The fireworks themselves – ohhhhhh!!! arghhhhhhh!!!

Hot dogs

Bonfire Toffee

Sparklers

Toffee Apples

Food in general to be honest.

Let us begin the safety tips shall we.

  • Tell your neighbors lets be kind and courteous
  • Only burn dry wood – anything damp will cause smoke.
  • Check for hedgehogs we are a fan of those prickly little critters
  • Look up – yep check there are no cables above where your bonfire is going to be sounds simple but many people forget.
  • Build your bonfire away from your amazing shed, beautiful fencing and awesome decking. And especially your home
  • Keep water or a hose pipe ready to go in case of emergency’s
  • Keep children and pets away from it
  • Don’t leave it unattended
  • Once the fire has died down spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

That’s some of the best tips we can offer obviously please check Humberside Fire for more details and important contact phone numbers (or your region if not in Humberside) as we can only advise.

From all of us at             have a safe and fun bonfire night

 

 

Happy Halloween

Its Halloween weekend, we hope all our customers have a great and safe Halloween.

Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep your decking spookily awesome  oh and have you seen our autumn maintenance guide?

Firstly, do not put your pumpkins on your decking surface. Pumpkins will rot and sometimes faster than you think causing damage to that area of your decking. The moisture and rotting flesh (nice) will not make your decking happy one bit.

So maybe pop a plate under it or if your wanting to keep the aesthetics of your decking we sell samples of decking which would make the perfect platform for now and future use.

On the subject of pumpkins the other reason to put them on a surface that is not your decking and is not flammable – candles! Yes, we all love the lit up look of our spooky creations but even tea lights get very hot reaching 100 degrees on the metal bottom and can scorch your decking or worse if it catches.

Finally keep all kids, cats, dogs and ghostly friends away candles. This is standard we only want you to be safe, If you are worried invest in some battery operated ones.

Lastly have some sweets, eat some pumpkin pie and enjoy your Halloween festivities.

Happy Halloween from us all at eDecks.

 

Note: Please dispose of your pumpkin in your recycle bin or alternatively It makes great compost.

 

Autumn Maintenance Guide

Well it is that time of year again not quite Christmas but definitely a chill in the air and we already have rock salt stocked and ready to go. The leaves are starting to fall and well, land on your lovely decking that you have enjoyed so much this year.

We have had a lovely summer this year; you will have enjoyed plenty of pool days, BBQ’s and lounging around. We can imagine you are not ready to retire your decking just yet.

Autumn Leaves

Here is an autumn maintenance guide to keep your decking top notch ready for winter and next year’s scorcher (fingers crossed).

Let’s start with the leaves we mentioned yes the reds, oranges and yellow colours do make this season magic (it’s a firm favourite with some)  but do not leave the leafs, they will cause havoc with your decking. They retain moisture once wet, moisture plus cold will lead to ice and Icey leaves can be a major hazard. You can try adding these Anti slip-decking strips for added safety.

Cleaning the leaves up early will also, help in the long run as once they start to break down you will have an extra layer of dirt to contend with. So get the blower or brush out and get them shifted.

Next, you will want to prune any overhanging bushes, trees and shrubs, this not only will help with the life of your decking it will also keep it safe and tidy for you to enjoy for a few more months. In addition, if you are a keen gardener this helps keeps your plants healthy (a tip from our green team in the office)
Once you have cleaned off the leaves and removed any furniture take a good look at the decking, is there any mildew forming, dirt or grime. Get the hose on it and clean it like you mean it. Once it’s done it’s done, maybe even something extra to not only clean but also revive from Ronseal. This item opens the pores of the wood allowing maximum adhesion of coatings for a lasting finish.

 

Now sit back enjoy your hard work and have a safe autumn admiring your hard work.