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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.

Shed loads of style with the amazing shed race

With sheds becoming more and more fashionable and with, said shed catwalk being of flamboyance, eccentric and elegance they appear to, not be leaving the runway anytime soon.

It seems people everywhere are carving out their own little hideaway, flight simulator, WWII bunker and Dr who phone box. Yes, someone really has transformed their shed into a flight simulator.

If like us, you enjoy amazing spaces’, amazing sheds, and seeing what other people can imagine and create whilst being lets be honest a touch nosey. Then here is a post to get your creativity flowing.

eDecks Do not just sell sheds!

We sell

A space

A space to create

A space to invent

A space to call your own.

They do not just have to be manly tool sheds either! Oh no, there is a new stream of femininity opening up the shed doors and adding a touch of class to the shed race.  Pink sheds, sheds made to look like retro camper vans there is a plethora out there.

Therefore, if you want to create an indoor hot tub area, bar, painting room or even a wizarding world (very much a Harry Potter fan here) then it’s entirely your choice.

All you need is your blank canvas from eDecks and some creativity.

A recent poll on Facebook suggested that a mere 2 % have an amazing shed and the rest don’t really know where to start.

Well let’s resolve that shall we! Build Your Own Shed with eDecks

Free up valuable garden space in a flash when you build your own shed with our collection of quality shed frame timber and shed boarding. Save money by selecting shed building supplies that are unbeatable on price. Whether you are looking to build your own shed or enhance your existing structure, you can find the right timber for the task with eDecks.

Build your own shed with the best timber in the business. Find treated timber products that will keep your shed looking great for longer. From shed boarding and shed flooring to shed roofing and shed glazing, we offer a huge range of timber in sizes and specifications to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for durable shed frame timber or flawless fixings and fittings, you can find everything you need at eDecks.

Just some of the shed construction timber products and accessories we offer include:

Shed Loads of Style from eDecks

We currently have a clearance on polycarbonate, which can be used as a tinted window for that extra bit of privacy and security or just as a final touch to your own amazing space.

 

Email us with measurements and your personal requirements for a quick quote from our amazing sales team.

Composite Decking Area: How To Work Out The Components Needed

Here at eDecks, we are the Kings of Decking, with more and more decking styles and varieties appearing on our website, as we always strive to better ourselves and keep our customers happy. Therefore we have put together a guide on how to work out the components needed to create your perfect composite decking area.

evergrain composite

Fixing Clips: You will need 23 clips per square metre.

Formula: Square meterage x recommended amount

For example, if you have 45 square metres x 23 = 1,035 fixing clips.

Or, you can also work it out as roughly 12 clips per board.

fixing clip

Starter Clips: You will need 12 starter clips to run on the first board.

If you have over 50 decking boards, we recommend doubling the amount of starter clips and so on.

starter clip

Angle Brackets: If you are using composite joists, please see below.

To find out the amount of brackets you require you will simply need to have double the amount of joists you have.

Each angle bracket requires 4 screws.

If you are using timber joists you will not need the brackets.

real groove

Joists: Because composite deck boards are heavy, the joists will need to be laid every 300mm.

If you have an area of 3.6m x 3.6m, the total area would be 12.96 square metres.

To work out the joists for this, you would calculate it as 3600 ÷ 300mm = 12.

You will also need to add on an extra 4 joists to go on the outskirts of the frame to complete the area.

deck joist

Decking Boards: No matter what size decking you use you will need to add on 5mm to the width of the decking to factor in the recommended gap.

For example, if the width is 145mm (Real Groove), you will need to do the calculation as 151mm in width.

Formula:
1000 ÷ by the width of the board (plus the 5mm gap)

1000 ÷ 151 Times this by your square meterage and then divide by the length of the board you are using.

If you have an area of 12.96 square metres and are using the Real Groove decking, please see below.

1000 ÷ 151 x 12.96 ÷ 3.6m = 26 boards at 3.6m lengths.

infinity composite

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Composite Decking around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Don’t forget that if you need any further help figuring out your decking, then our friendly and professional sales team are always on hand to take your calls on 0844 474 4444. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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

Timber: Natural Knots & Shakes

Due to timber being a natural product, it is therefore affected by the environment and natural conditions that it is exposed to, much more than a manmade product would be. We find that particularly during the Summer months, many people deem that their timber product is faulty or has defects, a conclusion which is reached due to the appearance of cracks and splits in the timber.

In actual fact, this is very rarely the sign of a defect – it is simply the timber responding to its surroundings. Wood alters in a bid to match its environment in terms of moisture and temperature, which is known as an equilibrium, and whenever there are changes in the environment, the timber will seek to match them itself. The air’s moisture content is constantly moving up and down, as is the temperature, and the wood tries to match this – if the moisture content drops, the wood then dries out further as it looks to reach an equilibrium, which can cause it to crack and split.

knots shakes

Many people then assume that this means the wood has become damaged, and that the timber is defective, however this is not the case, and is simply the natural product adjusting to its environment.

Checks are cracks which develop along the radius of a log. It rarely extends through the beam to the other side. Usually this is not a structural problem but is caused by moisture changes to the timbers throughout the seasons. Visually, a check is a long crack that appears as the sap wood of a timber shrinks around the heart of the wood over time. Checking is not a structural problem, and usually occurs only on one or two sides of a beam. Oak, however, can have surface checks everywhere, which many people feel add to the beautifully rustic appearance of a timber frame.

knots

Shakes usually occur around the growth rings of a timber. This is often just an aesthetic issue, like onion skin peeling away as the timber dries.

Dead branches drop off healthy, living trees all the time and wood knots appear in the trunk where the branches died. Knots are imperfections that cause living wood grain to grow around them and these imperfections are just a part of what makes wood a beautiful material with which to work with, and are totally natural and cannot be prevented.

shakes

Sound or tight knots are solid and cannot be knocked loose because they are fixed by growth or position in the wood structure. Unsound knots – loose or whole – are knots which fall out of the lumber when pushed or have already fallen out. They are caused by a dead branch that was not fully integrated into the tree before it was cut down. This does not deem the timber unusable as it can either be cut around, given extra support (if required for weight baring) or may not require any alteration at all depending on the project.

Part of the charm of owning wooden garden furniture or features are their natural ability to change and suit their surroundings. Because of it being a natural process, the cracking and splitting of timber cannot be prevented. However, if it is a concern for you this it is happening, the process can be slowed by applying a treatment to the wood.

timber

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Timber around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

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