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What’s composite decking made of?

What’s composite decking made of?

Posted by adrac on May 5, 2021

Hardwearing, attractive and virtually maintenance-free. Composite decking has become a popular choice for homeowners looking to upgrade their outdoor space. Now without the worry of regular sanding and staining to keep it looking in pristine condition.

But what exactly is composite decking made of?

Recycled materials

For the eco-conscious amongst you, you’ll be pleased to discover that composite decking is made from a mixture of wood and plastic, most of which comes from recycled material sources.

Making use of things such as recycled detergent and milk bottles. Plastics used in composite decking would otherwise end up in land fill. Think of it as win-win for your home and the natural environment.

Combine materials with a small percentage of pigment to create a denser and stronger type of manmade decking. Enjoy low maintenance and choose from a variety of colors by using composite decking. The result of this bonding process is composite decking.

No preservative chemicals are used during the manufacturing process and you’ll be able to select from traditional wooden shades to replicate timber such as natural oak and walnut or opt for a modern twist with sleek black or slate grey.

Skip the splinters (and the hard work!)

Thanks to the high percentage of plastic used in the creation of composite decking. You can forgo the pesky splinters that traditional decking is infamous for.

Instead, composite decking offers a smoother, splinter-free option. Keep composite decking looking good by giving it a quick clean every now and then after exposure to the elements. What’s more, you won’t need to go through the varnishing and oiling process each year that you may have endured with timber decking.

Better still, you can even paint your decking with specialist paint should you decide to give your outdoor area a makeover, so you get all of the benefits of traditional wooden decking without all of the hard work!

Capped decking boards

For extra protection, capped composite decking boards also come with an extra layer added to improve water and stain resistance. These polymer sleeves significantly improve the life span of your decking and help to prevent colour fade which can happen after a few years in sunny spots.

This waterproof shell is slip-free and adds that little extra peace of mind for those looking at giving composite decking a try.