Composite Decking - the Modern Solution to Outdoor Surfaces

Composite decking is a great low maintenance alternative to wood decking. If the thought of treating wood decking every year feels you with dread, you have probably started to look at your different options. Composite decking is the ideal modern solution for your outdoor surfaces. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about composite decking. 


In this article:

  • How is Composite Decking Made?
  • Wood vs Composite Decking 
  • How to Choose Composite Decking for Your Next Project 

 

How is Composite Decking Made?

Composite decking features a unique construction of recycled materials. It’s a man-made product that uses a combination of wood fibre, plastic, and bonding agents. The mixture is heated and made into board lengths, and then cooled. The result is that you have the look of traditional wood decking without the maintenance of solid wood. It has a much more authentic finish than plastic decking alternatives. 


As composite decking uses recycled materials, it’s an environmentally friendly option to upgrade your outdoor area. Composite decking uses innovative technology and recycled materials to create an ultra long-life product with excellent durability and resistance. The decking is resistant to weather, moisture, and fading. It’s these properties that combine to create a very low maintenance alternative to solid wood decking. 

 

Wood vs Composite Decking 

Two of the most common options for decking are wood and wood composite. As the name suggests, wood decking is made entirely from wood. You can find wood decking that uses a variety of species like cedar and pine. 


Many homeowners opt for wood decking because of the aesthetic, and it’s readily available. One of the main problems with wood decking is that it can splinter, rot, and requires much more maintenance. Composite decking is much easier to maintain. The main reason that composite decking is growing in popularity is that innovation in technology and manufacturing means that composite really emulates the natural finish of wood decking without the hassle and maintenance. 


Benefits of composite decking include: 

  • It closely resembles solid wood decking 
  • Features a moisture-resistant core 
  • It only requires sweeping and washing to maintain 
  • Not prone to insect damage
      

How to Choose Composite Decking for Your Next Project 

When you're shopping for composite decking, you have a few options to consider. Using composite for decking is a cost-effective outdoor surface solution that you can enjoy throughout the year. Also, there are zero maintenance costs going forward. You don’t need to invest in treating the decking. It will last for years to come with very low maintenance. 


You have a range of colour and design options to consider. Choose from modern and neutral colours that upgrade your outdoor space. Composite decking is easy to install and requires simple assembly without any specialist installation. 

The Ultrashield Naturale Range - 


The Ultrashield Naturale Range features various board lengths, shades, and colours to upgrade your outdoor surface. The ultra-durable and non-slip wood plastic components slot seamlessly together to create a smooth and safe result. The decking can withstand all weather conditions and moisture and comes with a 25-year guarantee. 


If you love the look of wood decking but don't want the hassle of treating and maintaining it, composite decking is a fantastic alternative. Create a natural and authentic look without having to worry about maintenance, splintering, or fading.

May 13, 2021 — Margaret-Anne Leckie