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
  • Why is composite wood so expensive?
  • How much does composite wood cost?
  • What are the disadvantages of composite decking? Cons of Composite Decking
  • What are the problems with composite decking?
  • How long do Composite decks last? 20 years

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It is fair to say we are currently blessed with almost perfect Spring weather. While the current situation surrounding COVID-19 is unusual, upsetting and unpleasant, being instructed to “stay home” couldn’t come at a nicer time of year here in the UK…

If you have found yourself looking at your garden more recently, perhaps you’ve been thinking about a landscaping project? If you want to update your current decking or patio area, here are some tips for measuring up for an Ecodek deck – something we get asked to give guidance on a lot!

WAY back in 2012 we wrote a blog on this very subject, take a look at this from the vault: https://ecodek.co.uk/blog/how-much-decking-do-i-need/

To be honest the same theory applies when measuring up for our Signature AT and HD bespoke length boards.

If you were looking at using our wood grain Heritage boards, these come in 3.6m lengths as standard. Using the theory in the blog post, all you would then need to do to make a calculation on quantities for these is divide the overall linear meterage of the decking by 3.6m to calculate the number of boards you need! Simples!

Don’t forget you can complement the outstanding quality of your Ecodek decking project by using our composite joists.

Again – a simple formula will help work out your quantities:

1m2 area of decking requires 3.5 linear metres of substructure, then divide the liner meterage of substructure by the length (for example 3.6m Low Profile Bearers). Based on the calculations in the blog above, the deck area on 24m2 would require 24 lengths of bearer at 3.6m.

So if you have found yourself at home with a little more time on your hands than usual, why not whip out your tape measure, lick the top of a pencil and try to work out your own decking requirement? Lots of handy tips can also be found on the Installation Pages on the website, too.

We always cast an eye over the materials requested based on the standard formulas listed – if in doubt, just get in touch! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Not All Synthetic Decking Is "Composite".
Not All Building Codes Allow Composite Decking.
Composite Lumber Is Not Just Decking.
Composite Lumber Can Be Expensive.
Higher-Quality Products Look More Like Wood.
Composites Can Be Slippery When Wet.