The choice between timber and composite decking should be a serious consideration for anybody who would like their garden to feature a decked area. In recent years, new and exciting materials have entered the market; one of which is wood plastic composite (WPC), more commonly referred to as composite decking. For those of you who are unfamiliar with composite decking, this article will introduce you to the most popular and trendy alternative to traditional timber decking and explore some of its advantages.
When designing your garden, you can choose from a range of different types of decking which include: pressure-treated wood, cedar, redwood, vinyl, ipe and wood plastic composite. Each type of decking listed has its specific advantages and disadvantages. However, due to its increasing popularity, in this article, our Rossendale landscape gardeners will focus solely on the benefits of composite decking.
What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is a humanmade product; it is a mixture of wood fibre and polyethylene. WPC is exceptionally durable, easy to maintain and most importantly, eco-friendly. The combination of wood and plastic leaves us with an almost perfect product to rival bog-standard timber decking. So, what are the benefits of composite decking, and why should you choose it?
If you are going to invest in a bespoke garden design, you are going to want it to withstand the test of time, and rightly so! Landscaping your garden is an investment for the future. When done right, a garden’s design will go on and on. That is why our motto is: do it once, do it right!
The strength of the materials used underpins the durability of any landscape. When it comes to decking, it doesn’t come any tougher than WPC! The manufacturers are so confident in their product that it is backed by up to a 25-year guarantee. It is resistant to discolouration, stains, scratches and it won’t splinter or warp! So, although the initial outlay will be more than for timber decking, it will be worthwhile the extra expense in the long run!
Timber decking can be an absolute nightmare to maintain! To keep it in tip-top condition, you will have to sand it down and repaint it at least once a year. So, before you use timber – you need to factor in upkeeping it yourself or the expense of getting our Rossendale landscape gardeners in to do it. You can avoid the hassle by using composite decking; it is virtually maintenance-free! Forget the sandpaper and paint, an occasional wipe down with a bucket of soapy water will keep your WPC looking pristine for decades to come.
It’s safe to say that the weather in Rossendale is a little unpredictable… If there is one thing we can count on, it’s that there will be rain and lots of it! Even at the height of winter, people will regularly access their garden; whether you are out there to get to your car, or on an adventure down to the bins, we need our garden’s to safe whatever the weather. By installing composite decking in your garden, you will be safer because it does not absorb water, meaning that WPC will be less of a slip-hazard when compared to any other type of decking.
The world in which we live is dying; we all have to do our bit to help the environment. We wholeheartedly recommend WPC due to its sustainable manufacturing process; it is created from a combination of recycled wood and plastic from disregarded items such as plastic bags! The incorporation of composite decking into your garden’s design is one way to reduce your impact on the environment.
Most importantly, for many people, this is a product you are going to be looking at and using for many years to come; so, you are going to want an aesthetically pleasing product. You can complete the design of your garden by choosing a suitable option from the extensive range of composite decking which is available. There is an option to suit every style, from entirely flat surfaces to wood-like grooves; you will find a colour and design to complement the rest of your garden.
Should you choose Composite Decking?
If your budget allows for it, then our Rossendale landscape gardeners would strongly recommend choosing composite over an alternative such as timber decking. WPC is more expensive in the short term, but when you factor in the cost of ongoing maintenance of wooden decking, it will pay for itself in the money you will have saved. Composite falls into the luxury bracket, and as such, the only fault we can find with it is the expense – and, even that is entirely justified because of WPC’s extensive range of benefits. When it comes to its durability, ease of maintenance and appearance, composite decking is second to none!
Do you have questions regarding Composite Decking? Schedule a consultation with one of our professional landscape gardeners in Rossendale to discuss the different options available to you.