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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 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, the plastics used in composite decking would otherwise end up in landfill, so think of it as win-win for your home and the natural environment.

Once these materials are combined with a small percentage of pigment and the  two materials bonded together, the end result is a denser, stronger type of manmade decking that requires little to no maintenance and can be created in a plethora of colours.

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 forgo the pesky splinters that traditional decking is infamous for.

Instead, composite decking offers a smoother, splinter-free option. It requires nothing more than a quick clean every now and again to keep it looking good after facing the outdoor 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 composite 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 lifespan of your composite 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.