Advantages of composite decking
If you’re not sure whether to go for composite or wooden decking, read on to discover the main benefits of composite decking vs. wood. That way, when it’s time to design your perfect outdoor space, you’ll be well-informed about which is the right option for you.
Incredible Slip Resistance
One of the primary benefits of composite decking is that it is highly resistant to wet weather. Not only does it not absorb water like timber – meaning it doesn’t rot or allow mould build-up – but the best composite decking brands are also engineered to reduce slip potential.
Whilst not a huge concern for most people – how likely are you to be using your decking in the rain anyway? – it does mean that the composite decking is safer for children, elderly or more vulnerable family members to use. It also greatly increases the application potential of your decking; making it safe to use by a pool, on a balcony, or a roof-top terrace. Look for published slip resistance results from your chosen supplier that show ‘low slip potential’, they should be easy to find in their brochures.
One of the major downsides of traditional timber is that it’s very flammable. Again, this may not be the first thing you think of when deciding how to build your decking, but it may cross your mind if you’re planning on hosting a BBQ over the summer! Unlike timber, most composite decking boards have a degree of fire resistance built in as part of the manufacturing process – although some are more resistant than others.
The fire safety properties of your composite decking are especially important if you’re looking to deck balconies or terraces in high-rise buildings or commercial spaces, as they are subject to more stringent safety measures to keep occupants safe in the event that a fire does break out.