Timber composite still holds less than 10% of the overall decking market but demand is growing at a significant rate.
This is thanks to two factors – enhanced product quality and an emerging willingness from key distributors to offer it alongside timber alternatives.
To demonstrate, Dura Composites has struck a distribution deal with national timber importer and merchant Arnold Laver and demand for its’ Dura Deck range has already far exceeded expectations at all the depots in which it is currently stocked.
Dura Deck is a timber composite decking solution; It features a high percentage of wood which gives it such a natural look but it’s polyethylene base means that it doesn’t suffer any of the pitfalls of natural wood decking.
The great thing about Dura Deck is that additives can be added at manufacture to stabilise the decking and protect it from various threats including moisture and UV light.
This means that, unlike natural wood, it won’t crack, shrink, warp or rot. It is also resistant to light degradation thanks to UV inhibitors added during manufacturing, which ensure Dura Deck retains at least 90% of its original colour after the first 500 hours exposure, and then remains colour stable throughout its entire life cycle.
Many don’t realise that Dura Deck is just as green as traditional wood. It is made of 87% recycled materials and can be recycled after use. In addition, we achieved a world first earlier this year when we became the first timber composite supplier to become FSC ® 100% certified, guaranteeing the use of FSC ® certified forests in our production chain when specified.
Aside from great looks, the biggest advantage of Dura Deck has to be the incredible cost-savings that it can bring. Dura Deck comes with a warranty of up to 25 years, 10 years longer than the average life of hardwood decking. When looking at initial outlay, Dura Deck is slightly more expensive than traditional wood decking but it is often cheaper to use because it lasts so much longer and doesn’t require any painting or staining. In fact, an independent report that compared whole life cycle costs over a 25 year period confirmed that a square metre of Dura Deck is £136.14 cheaper than softwood and £381.18 cheaper than hardwood.
Specially designed subsurface fixings make the deck quick and easy to install, not to mention barefoot friendly. A professional deck install can lay the deck in no time at all.