'What is Composite Decking?' by Builddeck [BLOG]

'What is Composite Decking?' by Builddeck [BLOG]

Composite decking is an upgrade of either timber or plastic decking. It is gradually being seen as the more appropriate outdoor alternative. It is a manufactured product that mixes bonding agents with plastic and wood filaments through a heating process. Visit Builddeck's composite decking page to explore their range of decking solutions perfectly suited for any outdoor living space.

Throughout the heating process, the pieces are joined to build a durable inner core made to outline typical wood. Its outer core is designed to have the look of authentic wood with different shades, and a mixture of grain patterns to produce coverage on three sides with a respirable coating at the base. The result is an authentic, aesthetically superior product that surpasses the plastic or wooden decking alternatives.

A lot of homes around the UK are now enjoying the benefits of having a stunning composite deck in their gardens. But exactly what is composite decking? Let’s start in order. Composite Decking is a decking made of amalgamated materials that include:

- Timber
- Plastic
- Resins
- Colourant
- Additives

It may differ slightly and it may change in proportions and source of the material used but these changes will affect the durability, shape, colour and eco-environment friendly of the final product.

While Resins and Colours cannot be recycled, Timber and Plastic can be responsibly sourced. Builddeck care about the environment and for this reason, they ONLY use timber FCS 100% certified and recycled plastic and they make limited use of the resins and colours.

What does FSC certified timber mean?

FSC stands for “Forest Stewardship Council” and it is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry. When you see the FSC logo, you can be sure you are not harming any forests.

Recycled plastic

Why use plastic when there are tons of recycled plastic to use? Builddeck want to limit the impact on the environment and so they buy used plastic to recycle and put in their composite formula. Also, using high-quality resins and colour agents, make it possible to use less of them whilst maintaining exceptional quality standard.

What are the properties of composite materials?

Since it contains organic material it can absorb water. However, it is resistant to rot, decay, corrosion, especially to marine borer attack. For this reason, the WPC decking is highly recommended in areas close to the sea. On top of this, the materials used give a superior slip-resistant rate, flame retardant properties and you can cut and shape it as natural wood. It’s only more resistant.

How can I clean my composite decking?

As with any product that is meant for outdoor use, wind, dust, leaves and debris will go on your composite decking. The good news is that these are the only things you have to take care about. Grab a jet washer, or a brush and hot soapy water to easily clean your decking. For water stains or any marks caused by birds, berries or leaves, use a soft cleaning detergent to wash off.

What maintenance have I to do?

Builddeck advertise their decking as low maintenance instead of no maintenance since you have to clean it as explained before. And this is all the maintenance you have to do. No paint or treatments are required.

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