As customers interest in installing decking starts to increase with the reappearance of the lighter evenings, we are faced with questions on what sort of decking is best. As we move forward as a company, striving to be more environmentally friendly, we love to promote composite cladding. Not only does it look great and have less of an impact on the environment, but it comes with a host of other benefits that we will look at in this blog.
The first benefit of composite decking is its low maintenance. Decking is not something that is installed every year. It is something you will make a decision to install, trusting that it will be a loved feature in your garden for years to come. When it comes to traditional timber, much like any wooden product, this will require a certain level of upkeep. Composite decking on the other hand, has very low maintenance. This is because it is made of both timber and plastics, thus giving you the benefits of both materials. Traditional wooden decking will typically have to be sanded, sealed and stained regularly to ensure it maintains its original lustre. Over time fading will become inevitable and you may even have to purchase replacement boards if any of them start to show cracks. This maintenance adds unnecessary expenses to your life, when you have the option of composite decking which requires zero maintenance. The most you will have to do is wash the deck with warm soapy water to remove any dirt.
The next great benefit of composite decking is its durability. The blend of plastic and wood gives a unique result that will prove to stand the test of time. The wood gives you that authentic decking look and the strength of timber, while the plastic provides protection against the rain, preventing mould and protection against the sun, preventing the bleaching and fading of your beautiful colour. The addition of plastic in your decking also means your decking is safe from warping and splintering, making this a safe place for bare feet. Year after year your decking will withstand battles with the elements and footfall from all who walk over it, yet it will maintain its original look and durable qualities.
Composite decking is able to offer a much wider range of styles and colour than traditional wooden decking, which leads us onto the third benefit of composite decking: aesthetics. Offering all the beauty of real wood, but with a beautiful shine that can only be achieved through composite. You can choose the design of your decking, choosing from a range of textures and ridges. A variety of tones and colours are also available through composite decking that cannot be achieved with just wood alone. You can rest assured with the durability of composite decking too that whatever colour or finish you choose, you will be able to enjoy the same level of vibrancy for years to come.
Composite material is of course not solely used for garden decking though, it can be used as cladding and across numerous construction projects. We are finding composite cladding is becoming an increasingly popular option for businesses striving to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. By choosing to go composite, you are reducing the number of trees having to be cut down for fresh timber, while also recycling plastic and preventing it going into landfill sites. You will be avoiding having to deplete our natural resources, all while maintaining a high level of quality for your project.
Value for Money
Our fifth and final benefit of composite cladding and decking is the value for money. Composite materials may cost a little more when you are initially paying for them, but in the long run this is the purchase that will save you the most money. This is an investment for your project and the longevity and durability of the product means that this will be a one-off purchase and you won’t have to worry about maintenance costs over the years.
Local Haldane Fisher Branch
If you call into your local Haldane Fisher branch, you will be able to view a selection of composite materials, the textures they can have, and the variety of finishes that are available. You can also view our selection online on our website. If you have any questions regarding composite cladding or decking, or how this material can benefit your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.