Does composite decking need maintenance?
It's true that many composite decking options require very little maintenance but they do need basic cleaning in order to keep them looking presentable No, you don't need to repaint or reseal composite decking, and it is very resistant to rot, however, it's a good idea to sweep them clean weekly in order to prevent the growth of mold and lichen.
Is composite decking slippery when wet?
Composite decks are not slippery even when there is water on the surface. The problem, however, is when there is an accumulation of both ice and water on your composite decking. Aside from being the cause of accidents, ice, and the removal of it, can cause some damage to your patio. Non-anti slippery composite decking.
Is composite wood waterproof?
Composite decking does not absorb water. When moisture gets trapped under the decking and on top of the wood joists, it stays there and keeps it from drying properly. Homeowners who are looking for waterproof composite decking materials should look for those that have special features.
Why is composite wood so expensive?
Most composite decks are manufactured from the by-products of wood such as wood chips, sawdust, and recycled plastic materials.
This unique combination makes composite decks expensive than other types of decking material.
How much does composite wood cost?
Averaging between $3.50 and $6.00 per linear foot, the cost of installing a high-quality composite deck will certainly be higher than building with traditional pressure treated lumber, which can cost between $5.00 - $7.00 per (8') board.
What are the disadvantages of composite decking?
A pricey alternative to wood. Durability comes at a cost, as composite decking is more expensive than wood.
Composites aren't natural.
Composite decks aren't completely maintenance free.
You'll need to comparison shop.
Cons of Composite Decking
What are the problems with composite decking?
One of the most common complaints about composite decking is mold. Decking that is in shaded area or areas that tend to get wet frequently have been shown to grow mold and stain the deck. This is not restricted to composite decking. Wood decking can grow mold, mildew and algae.
How long do Composite decks last?
Composite decking can last over 20 years with the proper care and maintenance. Composite holds up better under hot or cold weather shifts. Composite is resistant to rot, mold, and termites, which can take their toll on wood decking materials. Composite does not require as much upkeep as wood.
20 years
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Ecodek have been manufacturing composite decking and furniture since 2002, holding a wealth of in-house experience to help meet all of your composite decking needs. In the following article, we take a look back at how far we have come in the last 19 years and provide an insight into how we have become one of the UK’s market leaders in wood polymer composite decking materials.

Finding Our Feet

Founded in 2002, Ecodek started life in a small unit based in Chester. Throughout the first few years of business, it was a matter of trial and error, as wood polymer composite decking was pretty much unheard of within the UK. Whilst completing research and development, Ecodek took the initiative to import and resell an American product, as the American wood polymer composite market had been thriving for at least fifteen years. Due to the popularity of the product, in 2004, Ecodek were able to double in size, acquiring in addition the unit next door to allow for increased production capacity and a bigger team to start to produce Ecodek decking boards in house.

Residential Property Development Market Booms

By 2006, Ecodek became a fully established composite decking brand and grew to ten times the size it had started at in 2002. At the start of 2008, it became apparent that there was a huge amount of potential for composite decking within the commercial market. The first major contract that Ecodek secured was with one of the largest residential property development companies in the UK.  This led to acquiring several further contracts with various different housing developers across the country.

Apartment buildings and complexes
The Creation Of ‘Stadia’

Towards the end of 2009 the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) approached Ecodek, who were looking for British manufacturers to supply products into the Olympic Stadium, in readiness for the 2012 games. In 2010, Ecodek secured the contract and worked with the ODA to specifically design a board to prevent debris falling between the boards, accumulating and posing as a potential fire hazard.  In 2011, Ecodek supplied a bespoke profile for the Olympic Stadium, which ran through the entire VIP area which totalled to around 4000 square meters. This profile is still created today, known as our ‘Stadia’ board, which has now been installed within a number of hospitality and sports venues.

Dark grey composite decking landscape
Acquisition By Epwin PLC

In 2013, Ecodek required bigger premises, leading to the move to our current home in Wrexham. Ecodek was acquired by Epwin PLC in 2015 and became Specialist Building Products Ltd trading as Ecodek. This acquisition enabled Ecodek to benefit from the wealth of technical knowledge and contacts throughout the group and go onto create a diverse range of products.

How Adek Was Born

On 14th June 2017, a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in London. As a result of this terrible accident, a new legislation was issued – the ‘Building Regulation 2018’ which focuses on the materials used on the exterior of residential buildings. The regulation requires all balconies on new residential buildings over 18m in height to be made of non-combustible materials. As the high rise balcony market was a huge part of the decking market, Ecodek had to create a solution – leading to the development and launching of Adek in 2020.

Black aluminium decking on a balcony
Where We Are Today

Over the last few years, both our wood polymer composite and aluminium boards have diversified into various markets including leisure, education and even street furniture. At the beginning of April this year, we expanded our product range even further, introducing two new collections – Peaks & Parks, which now means Ecodek offer a total of six different ranges.

Angela Hind at Ecodek comments:

“The satisfaction in seeing where Ecodek is today from its humble beginnings is tremendous. The continual development of new products servicing new sectors of the market is a testimony to the dedication of the entire Ecodek team with the full support of the wider Epwin Group.”

For further information about our Ecodek composite decking solution, including design ideas, environmental credentials and recommended installation partners, speak to one of our product specialists on 01978 667840.

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