Question Time – Composite or Wood Decking

Beautiful Hardwood Decking installation in the back garden

If you’re like us and are looking forward to nothing more than relaxing in your beautiful garden, having a decking area is an excellent option to provide space to entertain guests, let the kids run about, dine outside or simply lounge in the hopefully beautiful British weather.

Due to decking becoming so popular, there are a number of decking material options available, but which one is right for you?

Two of the most popular options are hard wood decking and composite decking. Each have their own unique characteristics and benefits.
Below is a quick outline of the numerous benefits to help you decide which type of decking suits you and your family best.

Hardwood decking

Hardwood decking helps create a beautiful addition to your home and garden. Choosing wood decking allows your garden to benefit from a rustic elegance that can only be achieved with wood decking boards.

Building garden decking using hardwood boards

Hardwood decking boards are also amongst the least expensive material used for modern home decking. So if you are looking to stick to a budget, you will be well suited with hardwood boards.

It’s also ideal for supporting various furniture, barbecues and extensions because it is so strong and durable. If you need to install decking lights, this can be easily achieved with wooden decking boards compared against other materials.

Due to hardwood decking offering a greater degree of flexibility, uneven surfaces or slopes in your garden can be overcome by building a hardwood decking frame as they can be adapted to deal with any decline or incline.

Hardwood Decking Maintenance

Wooden decking boards do require maintenance over their lifespan. To help them keep that natural shine, it will be necessary to polish the surfaces one a year to protect the colour and keep the wood looking natural. The first sign of deterioration on your hardwood decking are typically cracking, splintering and colour fading on the boards.

The odd nail will need to be replaced one in a while and a regular sanding will also do wonders to protect the fine look of your decking area and protect against splitting and rotting.

Most modern hardwoods have natural resistance to effects caused by insects, saving you the cost and effort of having the boards pressure treated compared to soft timber boards.

Summary Benefits of Hardwood Decking

• More durable compared to soft timbers such as pine
• Helps increase the value of your property
• Enlarges the amount of usable outdoor space
• Helps counteract slopes or uneven surfaces in your garden
• One of the cheapest decking options available

Composite Decking

Composite decking is rapidly becoming the most popular option for garden decking. This is because it is a highly durable material that offers multiple long term benefits.

A lovely outdoor decking area using composite decking boards

Due to being a combination of natural wood and recycled plastics, composite decking boards don’t need to be sealed like true wooden decking and will also resist decay and rotting far longer as it will be fungal treated during the manufacturing process. This means there is little chance of insect damage boards giving way and spoiling you and your family’s enjoyment of the sensational, summer evenings.

Composite decking is also extremely weather resistant, handy for the several other months in the British calendar when the weather is less than dry. Although, mold and mildew can still grow on composite decking surfaces, particularly if they are in typical damp or shaded areas of your garden.

You won’t need to paint, stain or seal your composite decking boards throughout their lifetime, which can be an arduous task with traditional wooden decking. This saves you the cost and hassle of replacing rotting, split or insect damaged boards.

Quick and easy to build, composite decking is a great addition for any UK garden

Composite decks are perfect for young families looking to enjoy their outdoor space to the fullest. The boards will be splinter-free due to their manufacturing design, which is a big plus against traditional wooden decking. No one likes to walk barefoot on their beautiful decking area and end up in pain due to a stray splinter, particularly if there are young children or pets around.

Speaking of walking barefoot on your decking, composite boards are anti-slip and heat resistant. Whether the weather is rain or shine, you can be sure you aren’t going to have any accidents walking barefoot across your new decking.

Composite Decking Maintenance

Composite decking evolved from the drawbacks of traditional wooden decking such as the regular upkeep to protect wooden boards.

With this in mind, composite decking doesn’t crack, splinter, lose colour or rot like wooden decking might. The boards don’t need to be sanded down, stained or treated with anti-fungal agents to prolong their lifespan.

Mold does occur overtime on composite decking boards, however give them a simple clean using a brush and common household cleaners to remove any mold easily.

Summary Benefits of Composite Decking

• The boards will not crack, stain or splinter over time
• Very minimal maintenance involved in owning composite decking
• No replacement costs for naturally damaged boards
• Very easy to build
• Protected against damage from insects and fungal bacteria
• Easy to clean and can be cleaned with typical household cleaning products

Of course the choice is up to you but hopefully we at eDecks have answered some of the questions you had about the right decking option for your garden. As the UK’s decking experts, we have an extensive range of Hardwood, Softwood and Composite Decking kits and individual tiles to help you compare.

We would be delighted to invited you to browse through our online store or request a sample to ensure you make the right choice.

3 thoughts on “Question Time – Composite or Wood Decking

  1. Valter

    Hello, I was needing some help. We are in the preorgss of building a home. We are not doing the work ourselves, we have hired what should be reputable contractors. My problem is we have just installed a big composite deck which is extremely wavy. They just put the roof up today. I don’t know much or understand what the reason for this is. Defective composite? Not properly installed? We have spent a whole lot of money for this mess. My husband just wants to say this happens. But it has me irritated, it is extremely noticeable. The excitement of moving in a new home is gone for me. Any advice appreciated.

  2. Thomas

    Thanks for this clarification.If the mretaks in to which we export are starting to contract, this could well spell even more trouble for our economy.The only positive indicator in our economy at the moment is our export capability – which is driven by external demand.If that demand starts to ease off, it will be another nail in this country’s economic coffin.


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