Composite vs. timber decking – which is best?
Timber decking has been a favourite with people for a long time now. It’s the traditional path to decking, it looks good and it’s basically been at the forefront of our minds when we think about decking. But now things have changed since composite decking came on the scene. Made up of recycled wood fibres and plastic components, composite decking offers a whole new alternative. But which is best? We decided to have a look at common factors that affect both.
Composite vs timber materials
As you’ve probably already guessed, wooden decking comes from…wood! But obviously it’s not just any wood. In order for decking to survive the various weather conditions and seasons, it has to be a durable, robust type. That’s why timber decking comes in different types, from softwood to hardwood. Even then there are different types of trees which this wood comes from, for instance Scandinavian Redwood and Larch are popular when it comes to timber decking.
Composite decking on the other hand comes from a combination of materials. In the case of Dino Decking, we use a friendly wood-polymer composite made from recycled wood (55%), HDPE (40%) and additives (5%). Like other composite decking, ours can come in various forms and colours, giving more options than the timber alternative.
Maintenance and durability
Timber decking can last a long time. It can last a whole lifetime if you pay good enough attention. But that’s the point. You have to make sure it is maintained otherwise it could suffer from many problems, such as bowing, colour fading, mould and if worse comes to worse – rot.
With composite decking you won’t have any of these problems. While it still requires a general level of maintenance, as most things do, it doesn’t need the care and attention that timber decking does. Which will free you up with a lot more spare time and coins in your pocket. Composite decking has a long life expectancy, with Dino Decking boasting a 20-30 year life span. And if it plays up during its teenage years then it’ll still be covered by our 15 year warranty.
The feel on your feet
Decking looks great. But you also want it to feel great. And there’s no greater feeling than stepping outside and placing your bare feet on the deck. With timber decking you need to be careful as your bare feet could very well soon be filled with splinters. If the weather’s bad there’s another problem and you’re more likely to slip and cause an injury. Thankfully, composite decking avoids all this so you can enjoy it all year round with no damage to your soles!
Cost and quality
If you’re going to go for timber decking then the upfront cost will be less than composite decking. However, in the long run, composite decking will offer better value for money as it requires less maintenance and servicing. An added bonus of composite decking is that it won’t fade in the sun, split or rot so you won’t have to worry about any extra costs when it comes to repairs.
Timber decking definitely has its place but with the increased use of composite decking the benefits of the latter are far outweighing the former. Composite decking is more cost-effective, durable and looks just as authentic as real wood. It’s also more environmentally friendly and requires little to no repair, unlike timber decking which could involve a lot of wood replacement when problems arise.