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James looks at - Timber Decking or Composite Decking

Cost, maintenance, durability and looks can all be deal-makers when choosing what material is most suitable for your new decking area and whilst timber decking might be a cheaper alternative to composite decking, the time spent maintaining the wood and subsequent maintenance costs might be a reason to consider composite decking. However, only timber decking can offer that stained, natural wood look. Here, I take a look at the differences to consider.

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Wood vs Composite

Initial cost is less Less maintenance time and cost

Natural look Growing choice of designs and colours available

Minimum 10-year lifespan Minimum 25-year lifespan

Composite Decking - Pros?

  • Eco-friendly

  • Doesn't require sanding/staining/painting

  • Anti-slip (even in wet weather)

  • Scratch-resistant

  • UV Protection (no fading)

  • Minimum lifespan of 25 years

  • Child and pet-friendly (no splints or cracks)

Composite Decking - Cons?

  • Price

  • Of course, there is some maintenance to be done (e.g. sweeping, cleaning)

  • You just don't get the look of stained wood

The decision is yours!

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