LANDSCAPING & EXTERNAL FINISHES for composite materials.

SUSTAINABILITY Timber decking sourced from sustainable forests clearly has strong eco credentials. However, some composite decking can be equally green.

Some composite decking brands,

builder with basic carpentry skills can lay it. But it’s advised to check the manufacturer’s website or ask an expert for specific details on what gaps to leave for thermal expansion and contraction. There can be variations in guidance depending on the product used.

LONG-TERM GOOD LOOKS Once laid, composite boards do not require staining or painting. They are also fade, stain, mould and scratch resistant, meaning they will stay looking good for far longer. Another feature of composite decking is that it is customisable. It can be laid in different patterns and

configurations – and different colours can be used in the design.

For instance, using a perimeter board in a contrasting colour to ‘picture frame’ the deck is easily achieved and creates an attractive aesthetic. To create the same effect with a timber deck, it would be necessary to buy two lots of paint and go through the process of painting them. Composite decking comes in a range of natural colours, with some mimicking premium materials such as redwood. These variants are also highly UV resistant, and pre-coloured, removing the need to paint or stain the decking which is certainly a major selling point

which are made of a mixture of plastic and wood, also have sustainable credentials. There are some on the market made of 95 per cent recycled materials – including thousands of recycled plastic bags and wood fibre, resulting in certification from the Forestry Stewardship Council. It’s also worth considering that composite materials will not require chemicals or detergents to clean them or to protect them from rotting once laid. Simply hosing them down once a year is all that’s needed. If your garden makeover would suit a sleek and contemporary finish, then composite decking with its low maintenance and durable qualities, could be exactly the modern aesthetic you’ve been looking for. What’s more as it’s one of the latest trends, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to be a trendsetter for your friends and neighbours!

Tony Hobbs is managing director of Southern Sheeting

Selfbuilder & Homemaker website


A premium composite that’s easy on your pocket. With a natural 3D embossed wood grain texture on one side and a grooved finish on the reversible side.

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