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Composite decking is a sturdier, longer-lasting alternative to wood decking that also demands less upkeep and looks great in any garden. Also known as plastic decking, composite decking is a synthetic material composed of wood fibres, HDPE plastics and bonding agents. The perfect mix of affordability and durability, composite decking promises to elevate outdoor spaces with long-lasting distinction.

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What Is Composite Decking?

Composite decking is a contemporary twist on the classic wooden deck. It's a clever blend of wood fibres, recycled plastics, and binding agents, creating a resilient, low-maintenance alternative to traditional timber. 

This innovative decking solution is best known for its durability, and resistance to pesky pests, rot, and fading. 

What's more, it mimics the warm, inviting look of real wood while sidestepping common issues like splinters and warping. 

With its winning combination of aesthetics and practicality, composite decking has become the go-to choice for outdoor spaces that want to marry style and substance.

Composite Decking Benefits 

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to rot, insects, and fading
  • Mimics the look of real wood
  • Doesn't splinter or warp
  • Comes in various colours and styles
  • Consistent appearance over time
  • Can withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Increases the value of your property

Frequently Asked Composite Decking Questions

Is Composite Decking Slippery? 

Composite decking can vary in slipperiness depending on the brand, texture, and surface finish. Generally, composite decking tends to be less slippery than traditional wooden decking, especially when it's wet. 

Many composite decking products are designed with textured surfaces or have an added grain pattern to enhance traction and reduce slipperiness. 

However, it's important to note that all outdoor surfaces, including composite decking, can become slippery when wet or covered in debris like leaves or algae.

What Is The Difference Between Composite Decking and Plastic Decking?

Composite decking is crafted from a blend of wood fibres, recycled plastics, and binding agents, offering a longer lifespan compared to plastic decking, which is entirely synthetic and weaker, particularly in extreme temperatures. 

Thanks to the inclusion of wood fibre, composite decking is not only more durable but also closely mimics the appearance of real wood, making it a popular choice among homeowners.

Can I Sand or Stain Composite Decking?

Unfortunately, due to the makeup of composite boards, you won't be able to sand or stain them.

If you're looking to regularly alter the colour and design of your deck, then timber decking is certainly your best bet. You can sand, stain and even paint it to suit your personal preferences - something that simply isn't possible with composite decking materials.

How Do I Clean Stains Off Composite Decking? 

Our classic range of traditional composite decking consists of more wood-based fibers than they do plastic, making them vulnerable to staining. If you ever have the misfortune to find a spot stain on your composite deck, we’ve put together some helpful tips for lifting it quickly and easily.

  • Start by lightly scrubbing your deck with warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush for the best results. To avoid damaging your deck, steer clear of using scouring pads or hard bristle brushes - you don't want to scratch the surface!
  • If you wish, you can also use a pressure washer; however, it is critical to never exceed 3100 psi. You should always keep the lance at least 20 cm away from affected areas and use the fan attachment for an even spread of water in order to minimise potential damage. When using a pressure washer on deck boards, make sure not to concentrate too much force in one single area as this could lead to splintering.

What Composite Decking Accessories Should I Use?

For the strongest and most secure composite decking fixings, Hidden Fixing Clips are your best option. Their carefully contrived design allows them to fit neatly into grooves located on the surface of each board for maximum security.

Starter Clips, FastClips and colour-matched screws are the perfect answer to composite decking fixing systems - offering a well-thought-out solution for composite boards' installation.

Furthermore, when you buy fixing clips manufactured from top-quality stainless steel, you can rest assured that they will be as durable as the boards themselves.

Does Garden Decking Require Planning Permission?

Probably not. Most decking projects are usually classified as "permitted development," which means they don't require special planning permission.

You are allowed to build a raised platform in your garden without needing planning permission as long as:

  • The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground
  • The decking does not cover more than 50% of the total garden area

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