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What are the differences between composite and PVC decking?

PVC decking

Looking for new decking? The variety of materials on offer these days can be quite overwhelming, do you know the difference between soft wood, hard wood, composite & PVC?

If your would rather not have the regular maintenance and upkeep of timber decking and would prefer to opt for an option where rot and insect infestation are not a risk then composite or PVC decking would be the decking for you, but what are the differences between the two?

Before we take a look at the two individually it’s important to point out that both PVC and Composite decking share a lot of the same benefits, both materials are:

  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Hard wearing
  • Resistant to moisture
  • Vast choice of colours and finishes
  • Cost effective

Why PVC Decking?

PVC decking is 100% recyclable, made completely from plastic once it’s life as a much used decking has come to an end it can be recycled instead of going into landfill so is the perfect choice for the environmentally conscious. PVC decking has a LONG life span, lasting up top 25 years with the minimum of upkeep, you can even use a power washer on it without fear of it splintering, it truly is the lowest maintenance decking material!

Lightweight and easy to work with, if you are building a raised decking or planning to deck a balcony, PVC decking boards are easy to transport and lift up to any height.

Why Composite Decking?

Unlike PVC decking, composite is made from a mix of both plastic and wood pulp with a striking resemblance to real wood and available in a wide range of colours and finishes, the natural looking wood grain which in some cases is really hard to tell the difference between real wood and composite, helps to make composite decking a better option if you are looking specifically for decking that is slip resistant, it’s extremely popular for those with swimming pools and hot tubs for this very reason. The Wood fibres in Composite decking also help to create a more rigid decking board which is less likely to warp or expand in the event of extreme weather conditions.

There is no doubt both Composite and PVC decking share many benefits, if you would like to know more about either product please visit our product pages on the eDecks website or get in touch with our ever so helpful sales team, Coral, Marie & Josh!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

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

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking and PVC 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

Decking Kits: Building your own deck is easier than you think!

An outdoor deck is easily one of the best ‘wow’ factors you can add to your garden. It’s a luxurious upgrade to a lawn, especially if you loathe mowing grass. If you have a large area to work with, you can use a deck as an extension of your home, creating an entertainment space for summer (and winter if you add heaters!). However, the idea of building one yourself can be more than a little intimidating if you’re not experienced in DIY.

We wanted to offer you a fix for that.

We offer decking kits in all shapes and sizes that make it incredibly simple to build your own deck. If you can deal with flat-pack furniture, you can probably handle a decking kit.

What’s more is, they’re affordable and building it yourself will save you a considerable amount in labour costs. Did you know you can get decking kits for less than £115.88 (inluding VAT) at eDecks?

You can even get a decking kit cut to size, so don’t worry about a premade product not fitting well.

With all that in mind, here’s a blog to showcase the different types of decking kits you can choose from for your garden this summer!

Cut to size and easy decking kits

The easiest kits to build are the no-frills, standard decking kits. You can have these cut to size to fit your space perfectly. They come in several different colours, designs and materials – from composite decking to anti-slip, hardwood and softwood, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

These are your basic deck coverings and can be built on both pavement or flat ground.

Decking kits with handrails

If your garden is on an incline or you prefer the look, getting a decking kit doesn’t mean compromising on getting handrails. Your decking kit won’t limit you to what you can add to it. Just like a professionally built deck, you can add any handrail system you choose to any of our decking kits. Glass, metal, wood or rope – any will fit onto your new decking kit!

What’s more, you can even buy some of our decking kits complete with premeasured handrails. Here are our decking kits with rope handrails, starting from just under £300.

Decking kit with rope handrails
This decking kit is ideal for all decking and landscaping projects.

Decking kits with pergolas

If you fancy something more elaborate than a simple deck floor, a decking kit may still be a good option. Pergolas and handrails can make your new deck look outstanding, whether you want to create a small, serene place for vining flowers to cover, or full outdoor entertainment space with space to hang lighting and heat lamps.

We have over THIRTY different decking kits with pergolas that come with many different combinations of pergola sizes and handrail style and placement. We particularly like “The Queen Anne”, a standalone deck with stairs and handrails that can add some serious wow factor to any garden.

And all in one ready-to-build kit!

The Queen Anne decking kit with pergola, hand rails & stairs.

Remember, if there’s a combination you have your heart set on that you don’t see on our site, get in touch and we will try our best to help you get the deck you’re looking for!

Composite decking kits

Just because you want the very best composite for your decking, doesn’t mean you can’t build it yourself.  Composite is a great decking material, offering longevity and very low maintenance and is pretty easy to work with too.

Longevity & low maintenance.

You can check out our composite decking kits right here.

[Pro tip: If you do want to take the plunge and build your composite deck from scratch, we also have a handy guide on how to figure out the components you’ll need for your deck here.]

Hot tub decking kits

Not many of us will be jet setting on holiday this year, so you might be considering bringing a bit of relaxation to your home with your very own hot tub. We have a full set of decking kits designed with that need in mind and, thankfully, they don’t have to cost as much as the hot tub did!

Starting at just £377.37, you can build your own deck for your new hot tub easily with one of these specially created decking kits.

Supplied with extra joists for the extra weight.

Don’t panic if you’re not on flat ground

If you live on an incline, it doesn’t mean you can’t build your deck yourself. We don’t just offer decking kits, but also kits for making decking steps. If you want more help to figure out what kind of steps you may need, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to help.

What’s in a decking kit?

All decking kits come with all the fixtures and fittings you’ll need along with all of the pre-cut boards and installation instructions you’ll need. You can also find instruction leaflets direct on our website, on your chosen decking kits product page. If you’re struggling or are unsure about anything, you can always talk with us either by phone or on our online chat service; we’re here to make sure you get the deck you want, installed properly.

Whatever kind of deck you’re looking to build, remember if you can’t find your perfect “ready-made” deck kit here at eDecks, you can always get in touch and see what we can put together for you. It’s easier than you think!

Don’t forget to check out the deals on eDecks. We have incredible prices and are entirely online, so we can get everything you need delivered directly to your door. We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Call: 0844 474 4444

Email: [email protected]

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Super fast delivery on many 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.

How to Best Treat Your Decking for a Long Life

How to Maximise the Lifespan of Your Decking Area

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is “how long will decking last?”. In this blog post we will look into the various options and share our best tips for how to keep you’re decking looking good for years to come.

Treating your decking can be a daunting task, however below we will go through some benefits and tips to maximise the lifespan of any decking area!

Softwood Decking and Decking Oil

Softwood decking has an expected lifespan of 15–30 years when cared for and treated correctly! All of our softwood decking boards come fully pressure treated to a high standard (Tanalith E). Once the new decking has been laid, we recommend leaving it to weather naturally for 6 months before being stained or oiled. This process helps to make sure that any previous treatment has eroded; this allows new paint or treatment to soak into the deck.

Before you can apply decking treatment, you need to ensure your decking is clean. Remove all furniture and use a pressure washer or specialist-decking cleaner to get rid of dirt, oil, mould, leaves. Please allow the decking to fully dry before applying any treatments.

When keeping the beautiful natural colour we recommend treating the decking with Ronseal Ultimate decking oil (natural), this 5L tin will cover 10ms with two coats. The best and our personal favourite applicator to use is the multipurpose paintbrush to treat your decking. The important thing to remember is to treat the ends of the timer, please allow the oil to dry in-between coats. 

Please see the below application guide by Ronseal on how to treat softwood decking:

 Decking oil needs to be applied in dry conditions when the forecast is clear of rain and frost; this oil works its magic on dry days when the temperature is above 10°C.

  1. Thoroughly shake the tin to ensure the contents are mixed.
  2. Pour the whole tin into a tray. If you need to use more than one tin, mix them.
  3. Apply the oil on a small hidden patch of decking to make sure you are happy with the colour. The colour can be influenced by the texture, grain, type of wood and any other previous treatments so always be sure to test it first.
  4. Apply the first coat to your deck using a good quality brush or roller. Focus on a few boards at a time and work the oil into the surface. You will need to stir the oil regularly while you are applying it.
  5. Wipe away excess oil with a lint-free cloth.
  6. The first coat will be rainproof in two hours, and after six hours, it will be ready for a second coat.
  7. Apply a second coat after six hours.
  8. Wait 24 hours before moving furniture back onto your deck.

Another question we are asked regularly is “Can old decking be stained?” the answer is yes. To treat old existing decking, you need to remove previous finishes like paint and varnish. You need to strip the deck back to its bare wood before oiling. We will recommend using a pressure washer to remove flaking or peeling coatings. This process will also help create better and even coverage. Please remember to treat the ends of the timber with end grain preserver to make sure water does not penetrate the timber, as this can be detrimental to the life of the timber. Once this is done use the process above stated on the Ronseal guide.

If you are looking to add a splash of cloud to your garden wonderland, just use the above processes and you are ready to go! 

We stock a variety of different colours to make your garden a feast for the eyes, anything from light and demure neutrals to bright and beautiful colours.

It is important to inspect your coating every six months to look out for any chips or patches. Re-coat the patch when necessary, for best results we recommend treating the decking area at least once a year!

Caring for Composite Decking

Composite decking has a lifespan of 25–30 years, composite boards are believed to be maintenance free; however, the boards still need some TLC! Here at eDecks we class composite as a low maintenance board, we recommend keeping the decking as clean as possible, as with any type of decking build-up or dirt or bacteria can be detrimental to the lifespan on the boards.

As with any type of decking, we recommend making sure the surface area of the is as clean as possible. To clean composite decking, we advise using Owatrol composite cleaner. 1 Litre will cover between 5 to 10M2 depending on the condition of the deck. This cleaner is a water-based gel and environmentally friendly; so it is safe to use around plastic pool liner, stone and glass.

Please see the below application guide which details how to look after composite decking using Owatrol

Owatrol Compo-Clean Cleaner should be shaken or stirred before application, do not dilute. Apply between + 5°C to + 35°C. Please do not apply in direct sunlight or on hot timber. Always work the entire length of a board to a logical break. On vertical surfaces, clean from bottom to top and rinse from top to bottom to avoid streaking.

Apply a thick layer of Owatrol Compo-Clean to the area to be cleaned. Large areas should be cleaned in smaller sections. Leave the product to work for 5 minutes (longer if necessary, depending on the nature of the dirt and contamination). Scrub with a stiff nylon or synthetic brush. Rinse with plenty of fresh clean water using the highest pressure source available or use a power washer. If required, repeat above procedure – difficult/stubborn staining. Allow the surface to dry 2/3 good drying days before applying a chosen finish.

Once the decking is fully clean and dry, the next process will be to start treating the decking. Owatrol Compo-Care Composite Wood Reviver is a water-based reviver, designed for bringing composite woods back to life. Compo-Care is extremely easy to apply and offer quick drying time for protecting, enhancing and reviving the colour of composite wood. Owatrol Compo-Care Composite Wood Reviver can be used to revive all composite woods found internally or externally and works to waterproof and protect the surface against stains and grease too. 

The benefits of the product; as it has a transparent tinted coating, it will beautifully enhance the colour of your composite decking. In the long-term, it will help prevent staining (oil/grease) and waterproof the surface. The product is easy to apply and has a quick drying time.

Application

Do not apply in direct sunlight or to hot surfaces. Do not apply if cold and/or wet weather is expected within 24 hours. Apply between 10°C and 30°C. Cover and protect everything you do not wish to coat. For colour uniformity, mix all products that are to be applied to any one area or section. Always work the entire length of a deck board or cladding board to a logical break. Vertical cladding should be coated from top to bottom. Never stop application in the middle of the board.

Surfaces must be clean, dry and free of dirt, grease, oil, mildew and stains. Treat mildew with a 50/50 bleach/water solution. Scrub solution on to the surface and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes rinse thoroughly. 

We recommend treating the decking at least once a year, however, you can clean the board as much as required.

Hardwood Decking (Balau)

How to treat Hardwood Decking

Our stunning hardwood decking (Balau) arrives kilned tried with waxed ends, however, because of the properties in the board we recommend treating before laying or once laid. The cut ends will need oil to seal the cut surface to keep all the board fully protected.

When it comes to hardwood decking, we often asked “Should I oil or stain hardwood decking? And how long will hardwood decking last?”. That will come down to what you want from your deck. A stain will improve the appearance of the deck, but oil will better help preserve its condition and natural beauty which is why we would recommend and oil treatment.

Please see the below application guide from Ronseal

Give the oil a good shake and pour the contents into a suitable metal or plastic container. If you’re using more than one tin, mix them, but don’t dilute!

Apply a generous amount of oil to the decking using a brush or roller. Paint with the grain and focus on three to four boards at a time to ensure you don’t get any overlap lines. Wait four hours for the coat to dry.

Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat and wait four hours for it to dry and that’s it, your decking is now oiled and healthy. If you have existing Balau decking, please follow the cleaning advice from the softwood section and use the above three points to treat the decking.

Another question we get asked by customers is “do I have to treat hardwood decking?” and the answer is no, this is all down to personal preference. Whilst we would recommend treating the boards for a longer life and to retain the natural colour, Balau decking does not have to be treated. If hardwood boards are not treated it will overtime turn a pale silver colour and the natural pigment of the board will fade.

How Often To Treat Hardwood Decking?

Treating the timber once a year and keeping the area as clean as possible will keep it healthy and in tip-top shape!

If the time has come where you need to repair some of them, it is easy and doesn’t take much effort. Just sand down the damaged area and apply a coat of the oil and your decking will be good as new!

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 £150*

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 £150*

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.

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