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What is Composite Decking? A Beginner’s Guide

Composite decking has increased in popularity in recent years. It was introduced as an alternative to traditional wooden decking, and composite decking can eliminate common maintenance issues associated with timber.

In this blog, we take a look at what composite decking is made from, what it can be used for and what the key benefits are.

What is composite decking?

Composite decking is made using a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, producing a high-quality decking board that looks more authentic than plastic products and is more durable than traditional timber. You get the best of both worlds: it’s maintenance-free and it looks naturally beautiful!

What is composite decking used for?

As wooden floors are susceptible to mould and can be quite expensive, composite decking has become popular for a variety of applications. This includes:

Swimming pool decks

Composite boards are an excellent choice for decking in pool areas. Composite decking won’t warp or splinter, plus it is slip-resistant. Most materials will fade over time, after being exposed to water, weather and high traffic, but composite decking can maintain its attractive look over many years.

Garden pathways

Composite decking is a perfect choice for your garden pathways as it creates a rustic aesthetic that many people desire. Also, unlike wood, composite decking doesn’t allow any water infiltration. Not only does it look good, but it also isn’t susceptible to rot or mould.

Planter boxes

If you’ve got a few composite deck boards left over, you could use them to build planter boxes for your garden. Unlike wood, composite decking is toxin-free, making it a good choice to protect your flowers and plants.

What are the benefits of composite decking?

Composite decking offers many benefits over traditional timber products. For instance, the majority of composite decking products have a non-slip surface, making them extremely safe to walk on during wet weather or in wet areas such as near swimming pools.

It also doesn’t splinter, meaning it is perfect for families with pets or young children. Furthermore, composite decking doesn’t fade, so you won’t have to go through the hassle of restaini

ng your deck every year!

If that isn’t enough to convince you, composite decking is also:

Available in a variety of colours and designs

Easy to install

More sustainable than traditional timber products

We hope this guide to composite decking has been useful in answering some of your questions! Here at A&S Paving, we stock an extensive range of composite decking products. For more information about our selection, you are welcome to get in touch with us.


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