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Composite Garden Decking Adds £14.7k to Average Property Values of East of England Homes

April 24th, 2017 | Composite Timber Cladding, Dura Deck Composite Decking, News, Press Releases | 0 Comments

pretty Dura garden 2Leading supplier of composite timber decking and cladding, Dura Composites, and respected East Anglian estate agents, Boydens, have revealed that homeowners typically add a fantastic 5% to the value of their home through the simple installation of composite decking in their gardens. With the average property price in the East of England quoted by Barclays as £294,000, this adds a substantial £14,700 in value.

Homeowners in Colchester could see an uplift of £17.5K, while Chelmsford residents installing quality composite decking can expect to add a healthy £18.1K to their property value. Those in Suffolk can also maximise their property value with houses in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds bolstered £16.5K and £15.9K respectively by adding composite decking to make their gardens accessible and usable all year round.

With Dura Composites estimating the average decking material cost for a 3-bed terrace for customers in the East of England at approximately £2,126, investing in composite decking such as their market-leading Dura Deck is a sure-fire way to give your property a boost. Given the 5% rise in property value estimated by Boydens, it’s clear that embarking on a simple composite decking installation can provide an almost sevenfold return on investment.

The number of people who stand to benefit is rising, as Dura Composites have also revealed a recorded growth in sales of 367% of its Dura Deck composite decking and composite Dura Cladding over the past 5 years, as customers discover the benefits of this low maintenance, eco-friendly and attractive material.

Managing Director of Dura Composites, Stuart Burns, explains how installing decking can be an effective way of raising the value of a property for those looking to remortgage or for those participating in the Government’s Help To Buy scheme.

“Whilst a property’s value can increase over time naturally, if you’re planning improvements to your home it’s important that you focus on those aspects which can make a real difference should you decide to move on in the future. In this day and age, owning a home is not, in itself, going to earn you enough money to move up to the next price bracket, so you have to take active steps to create that extra value for yourself. Many of those using the Help To Buy scheme look to add additional value to their home where possible in order to release the equity to repay the loan. Installing composite decking is a great way to achieve this. Its natural wood appearance, long lifespan and low maintenance make it an attractive prospect to potential buyers.

“Added to this, is the transferable warranty. At Dura Composites, the warranty that comes with Dura Deck in a residential or commercial application can be transferred during its 10 year period, from the purchaser to the subsequent buyer of the property, thus strengthening its appeal both for the initial purchaser and for subsequent owners.”

Boydens Marketing Manager, Paul Howe, explains further the influence home improvements can have both on a property’s asking price and the mindset of the potential buyer.

“There are several ways people can add value to their homes; from larger projects, such as building an extension or conservatory, to simpler tasks that create a dramatic impact on how you maximise your ability to use all of the space available such as installing decking. Having a well-maintained and presented home and garden maximises the desirability and therefore the ultimate value of your property.


What is composite decking and why should you choose it?Dura Strawbs 2

Whilst timber has traditionally been used for decking, the emergence of composite timber over the past 5 years has delivered a host of advantages over traditional materials and has led it to become the number one choice for homeowners looking for an attractive but future-proof solution. Strong and durable, Dura Deck composite decking looks and feels just like natural wood, but provides a longer-lasting solution that is environmentally friendly, easy to install and requires minimal maintenance.

Unlike traditional timber, Dura Deck requires only basic cleaning; the product still looks new after years of use and remains cost-effective throughout its lifecycle, requiring only an occasional wash and scrub to keep it looking at its best. Dura Deck comes in 4 great colours and different widths, will never rot, warp or splinter and doesn’t require any staining, treating or painting over its long lifetime.


Once you’ve decided on the right composite decking product for your needs, Dura Deck is available to purchase from specialist distributor, International Timber, who have 4 major UK depots in Stirlingshire, Manchester, Gloucestershire and Essex. Dura Composites products are also available through Jewson stores and a wide network of builder’s merchants across the UK.

New Benchmark For Quality and Long Term Value

October 21st, 2014 | Composite Timber Cladding, News | 0 Comments

Hopewood Park, a new 137-bed purpose-built mental health hospital, was completed in June 2014 at Ryhope, Sunderland. It has been designed to provide modern and inspiring facilities for local mental health services by Medical Architecture, who utilised Dura Composites’ Dura Cladding as a major design element as well as an easily installed and low maintenance cladding product.

The design was inspired by Ryhope’s river valley and cleverly uses the sloping siteto maximise the views towards the North Sea. The new mental health campus provides a safe recovery centred environment with generous and relaxing places to appreciate views to the coast and surrounding landscape which sets new benchmarks for quality and long term value in modern mental health accommodation.

The natural wood look and texture of the composite Dura Cladding enhanced the feeling of tranquility and connection with the local landscape; its defining use was on several different types of wall façade as well as cladding for soffits and under ceilings. As well as contributing so much to the overall design ethos, Dura Cladding is easily installed, needs minimal maintenance and will not splinter, warp or rot throughout its 50 years design life expectancy.





Composite materials now provide a genuine alternative to wooden cladding

February 25th, 2014 | Articles, Composite Timber Cladding, News | 0 Comments

Having spent a great deal of time developing high quality, composite decking for exterior use, making the progression to creating an alternative to timber cladding was only common sense, and thanks to our extremely talented development team, we are now able to offer one of the most attractive and long lasting composite cladding solutions available anywhere!

As anyone involved in building design will tell you, there are a great many factors that need to be considered when it comes to deciding on the material to be used for the exterior of a building. Foremost, however, are the following issues…


Obviously, as the exterior of your building will be the first thing visitors see when they arrive, the appearance of your wooden cladding is of paramount importance. First impressions are crucial and issues such as mould and discolouration can put potential customers/clients off before they have even set foot inside your building!

As such, it’s important to choose a type of timber cladding which is impervious to issues such as mould, rot, UV damage and cracking/flaking – something that is not necessarily true of traditional wooden cladding materials. Despite its attractive sanded wood finish, Dura Cladding will experience none of these problems and will stay looking pristine for years to come.

Not only does Dura Cladding come in three different styles, including flush and weatherboard, should you want your cladding to be a bespoke colour, this can also be arranged (given sufficient volume and a suitable lead time).


Because of their precarious position on the side of buildings, all cladding systems need to undergo rigorous testing in order to ensure they won’t fall or become dislodged during extreme weather conditions. This includes testing wind loading, screw pull through and other key elements.

Whilst the majority of timber cladding boards are typically secured to the wall at 400mm centres, testing revealed that Dura Cladding can be fixed to the wall every 600mm and still fulfil all the necessary pressure and loading requirements. Combined with the benefit that all our cladding boards come with pre-drilled holes, this can significantly improve installation time!

Further, thanks to Dura Cladding’s remarkable strength to weight ratio, getting the individual boards into position requires minimal effort and wastage.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials over traditional wooden cladding, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.

How do composite materials compare to traditional building materials when it comes to creating wooden cladding?

December 12th, 2013 | Articles, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Cladding, News | 0 Comments

Whilst traditional building materials such as wood, concrete and steel have certainly proved enormously successful over the years, they are far from perfect in many different situations, as you shall soon discover. However, over the past few decades there has been little in the way of viable alternatives to these well known solutions.

Undoubtedly one of the most ancient building materials still in use today, wood is also extremely attractive and can add warmth to virtually any space – the most common uses being flooring, decking, beams and more recently, wooden cladding. However, it does require a great deal of maintenance to keep it looking good and to prevent it from rot, mould and splintering, especially when open to the elements. Further, once wood becomes saturated with water, not only does it lose strength, it also becomes more slippery – something anyone with a wooden deck in their back garden will already be well aware of.

Although it is possible to buy wood at almost any price, if you want quality wood that will last well into the future and be suitable for use in wooden cladding, you will generally need to fork out a significant amount. Cheaper softwoods are ill suited to outdoor use and will require a great deal of tender loving care to ensure they don’t start to deteriorate extremely quickly. Far better are exotic hardwoods such as teak. However, even these will still require maintenance.

With composite products, there is no need to put up with any of these issues. At Dura Composites, our Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking, for example, is made from a mix of recycled plastics and reclaimed hardwood with various bespoke additives, meaning that it gives you a similar appearance to natural wood decking with the benefit of being impervious to issues such as rot, mould and splintering, making it ideal for use in wooden cladding. Further, the construction of these products also ensures that they won’t be slippery, even when wet. What’s more, this material will need virtually no input from you to retain its impressive aesthetic.

For more on the many advantages of composite materials when it comes to wooden cladding and other building projects, just visit our home page, where you’ll be able to obtain a free copy of my new guide, “How to Choose Composite Building Products”.

Secrets to export success revealed for the Middle East construction industry

March 16th, 2013 | Composite Pergolas, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Pergolas, Composite Wood, Dura Deck Composite Decking, Wood Plastic Composite Decking, WPC Decking Tiles | 0 Comments

Dura were recently interviewed by the organisers of Big 5, international building and construction exhibition organisers specialising in Middle East region, to talk about their experiences developing the Middle East market for composite decking and composite cladding products using exhibitions as a key marketing platform since 2008. Click the link to reveal more…




Are you building schools for the future?

December 4th, 2012 | Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Wood, Dura Deck Composite Decking, News, Recent Projects, Wood Plastic Composite Decking | 0 Comments

Dura Deck at GEMS School in DubaiThe Dura Composites range of timber composite decking and Composite cladding has been designed with safety and longevity in mind which means that it is ideal for inclusion on new or the refurbishment of existing schools.

Whilst they look just like natural wood, Dura Decking and Dura Cladding will not rot, warp or splinter and require only minimal maintenance throughout their 25 year design life expectancy. Furthermore, they are installed using subsurface fixings to ensure barefoot-friendliness and prevent injuries caused by loose screws.

Quick and simple to install, Dura Decking has been successfully installed in nurseries and schools around the UK and globally, creating all-weather playgrounds which come with a warranty of up to 25 years.

Dura Cladding is a newer addition to the Dura Composites range and offers the same benefits over natural wood alternatives. It is lightweight yet durable and experiences minimal fading over its lifetime. It can be installed over any wall to completely transform the outside of a building.

If you have a project which you think could benefit from our Dura Decking or Dura Cladding range, call us on 01255 423601. We’d love to hear from you.

FSC ® world first for team at Dura Composites

July 23rd, 2012 | Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Wood, Dura Deck Composite Decking, News | 0 Comments

Dura Composites has been confirmed as the world’s first timber composite supplier to become FSC ® 100% certified – further enhancing our sustainability credentials.

We already knew we were the first UK supplier to achieve certification, but this just underlines our position as a global pioneer in the world of timber composite.

FSC ® 100% chain of custody certification (C108450) guarantees the use of FSC ® certified forests in the Dura Composites production chain.

At the moment customers can choose from FSC ® or non-FSC ® items from our Dura Deck – composite decking and Dura Cladding ranges. However, our plans to make FSC ® 100% standard will soon mean all our customers can demonstrate a commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials.

FSC ® certification also means that where FSC ® wood is specified, contractors and landscapers can use lower-maintenance timber composite with a minimum 12 year warranty – something that wasn’t previously possible.

Dura Cladding set for TV appearance

July 20th, 2012 | Articles, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Cladding, News, Press Releases | 0 Comments

Our timber composite product Dura Cladding could soon be seen on TV screens across the country after being used in the construction of an eco-friendly dream home being filmed for the new series of a popular national lifestyle programme.

We can’t say which programme it is yet, but watch this space and we’ll let you know more as soon as we get the green light.

Anyway, our timber composite cladding panels are a key feature of the self-build project which is being undertaken by designer/builder Steve Morris at his private plot in Hilton, Dorset.

Mr Morris initially trialled traditional oak cladding to gain the prestige look he was after but decided to use Dura Cladding 150/21 flush planks once he realised they would retain more than 90% of their colour, as well as not be susceptible to staining or leaching onto adjacent materials.

Guided by a design philosophy of environmental preservation, he was also impressed by the fact that Dura Cladding is made from more than 87% recycled content and that Dura Composites recently became the first wood plastic composites supplier to secure FSC ® 100% chain of custody certification (C108450).

The certification guarantees the use of FSC ® certified forests in our production chain and means customers can now choose from FSC ® or non-FSC ®  items from the Dura Cladding and Dura Deck ranges.

Mr Morris said: “I looked at alternatives but Dura Cladding’s fantastic eco-credentials combined with the fact that it is virtually maintenance-free meant it was the obvious choice. The fact that it was backed up by a 25-year warranty was also key in making my decision as it gave me peace of mind to know that this was a product I could trust for such a personal project.”

Steve’s project is a superb example of what can be achieved when sustainability is at the heart of the design and build process. We are proud to have supplied him with our Dura Cladding product and look forward to helping him complete his dream home with other products from the Dura Composites range.

Many people would wrongly think that a timber composite product can’t be as ‘green’ as a timber product. But it’s clear our Dura Cladding and Dura Deck products meet the highest sustainability specifications and outperform timber in service.

Dura Cladding adding value at Lanswoodpark

July 17th, 2012 | Articles, Composite Timber Cladding, Composite Timber Cladding, News, Press Releases | 0 Comments

We’ve teamed up with fellow Essex firm Lanswood Ltd to help build Lanswoodpark – the perfect example of a truly sustainable business park.

Our 87% recycled timber composite product Dura Cladding is a main feature of the project, which has recently reached phase one completion in the shape of a two-storey office development at Elmstead Market, near Colchester.

Dura Cladding will also feature on the offices, restaurants and retail units planned for phase two of the development, which has been designed to be as sustainable and environmentally-sound as possible.

We’re obviously very proud to be supplying such an eco-friendly project, but the sustainable credentials of Dura Cladding made our product the obvious choice for Lanswood Ltd too.

As their MD, Darin Shaikly, told me: “The use of high-end, eco-friendly and sustainable building materials has been at the heart of this project right from the very beginning. That’s why we were so pleased to hear about Dura Composites and team  up with a local supplier with such world-leading sustainability credentials right on our doorstep.

“We were originally planning to use wood cladding boards, but once we became aware of the benefits of Dura Cladding it was the obvious choice. The fact that Dura Cladding does not suffer from colour fade like wood made it a natural choice over timber for a phased project like this. Dura Cladding is an exceptional product that will serve Lanswoodpark well for many years to come.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

Other features at Lanswoodpark include CAT5 wiring, 24-hour CCTV monitoring, LED lighting wiring for alarms, air sourced temperature control, high-speed internet (37Mb download/8Mb upload), extensive countryside views and ample parking.

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