Composite decking vs wood: the benefits of composite decking

If you’re looking to install a new outdoor deck at home, or even refresh what you already have, you may want to consider installing composite decking boards instead of timber boards. Elton from Ekologix explains some of the benefits of choosing composite boards.

Environmentally friendly

Composite decking boards are made from a combination of over 90 percent reclaimed timber, bamboo and recycled plastic. However, they’ve been carefully engineered and designed to look and feel like natural timber.

Deck with outdoor lounges on top

Designed for all weather conditions

Wherever you live around New Zealand, composite decking boards are suited to all types of weather conditions. Elton explains that “composite decking is naturally resistant to termites, rot, decay, mildew and mould. It’s also ideal for laying around chlorine pools or in coastal areas near salt water.” This gives composite decking a great advantage over wood.

Another great benefit of composite decking boards is that they don’t cup, warp or splinter. This makes it perfect for families with small children.

Composite deck boards are also U.V. stable, which means that their colour won’t fade over time like normal timber. Something to keep in mind is that they will lose a little colour after their initial installation in the early months.

A person using a cutting tool to cut the deck to size

Easy installation

Composite boards are installed and sanded in the same way as timber boards. However, they are often denser than wood, so when cutting, you may need a new, sharp blade.

One thing to note is that composite boards can slightly expand in high heat. Then when the boards cool down they will shrink back to size. So, depending on when you measure up and install your composite boards, you’ll need to consider the gaps that you leave.

A deck connected to a house

Low maintenance deck care

Elton says that “the best thing about composite decking boards is that they don’t need any painting, sealing, staining, oiling or varnishing. The time saved in labour over the lifetime of the boards can be huge” compared to wood.

To clean the boards, you’ll just need a bucket of warm soapy water and a high-pressured hose. To remove a more permanent stain, use a brush with stiff bristles and soapy water. 



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