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A simple comparison between composite decking vs hardwood timber decking

Many homeowners opt for hardwood timber decking boards when they are making plans for a new deck for their home. However, there are many options for creating a beautiful deck for your home, including wood plastic composite decking or wpc for short, which is quickly coming to the forefront as the best choice among homeowners and builders alike.

Hardwood Timber Decking

Many people choose hardwood decking timber purely for its natural beauty. It isn't until they actually have it installed that they realize how much work it is to maintain hardwood decking. Depending on the size of the boards you choose, there is a higher risk of cupping for wideboards and of course splintering. Wood is very sensitive to moisture absorption. Because of this, hardwood timber decking requires a thorough and regular oiling, which most suppliers of deck treatment oils recommend be performed at least twice a year.

With the usual wear over time, particularly in places where there has been heavy foot traffic, regular oiling is even more important. If you stain your hardwood timber deck, you are starting a process that must vigilantly be completed to stop your decking from turning patchy in colour. Staining is hard to get consistent in colour and weathers at different rates so hence almost requires more maintenance to keep you decking timber looking nice. If it is a thick stain, it can also make the deck quite slippery as it is filling the grain of the deck with stain reducing its slip resistance.

There is also much to consider with what is used to fasten the decking boards. It's important to choose the correct type of screw or nail to get the job done right. You can read our other blogs with comparisons and reviews on screws vs nails for your installation of your hardwood timber decking.

Composite Decking

Recycled composite decking or Eco-Decking as it is most commonly known as is quickly becoming the premier choice for homeowners for many reasons. Composite decking is made from wood fibers that have been recycled, along with recycled high density polyethylene plastic. It is a very environmentally-friendly decking material, which is one reason it has grown in popularity. Composite decking also offers a non-slip, low maintenance surface that is splinter free.

Using hidden deck fasteners called QWICKCLIPS to fasten to boards together eliminates the appearance of nails or screws. The materials in Eco-Decking are color-fast, which means they keep their beauty much longer than timber. Initially, plastic decking will encounter some weathering for a few months. However, after the first three to six months, you can expect gradual weathering. Compare composite decking price to hardwood decking timber and you will be pleasantly surprised how it can end being a more cost-effective decking alternative once installed.

In an effort to remain environmentally-friendly using their most sustainable decking material choice and still add beauty to their homes, many homeowners are choosing recycled composite eco-decking when adding decks to their houses. If you want more information about how to create a gorgeous outdoor living space for your home visit A deck professional is ready to provide you with all of the information you need to get started.


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