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    Looking for hardwood decking? Take a look at Composite Decking, a cleaner, greener, low maintenance alternative that looks just as good and lasts a lot longer.

    Here are 5 good reasons to choose Composite Decking over standard hardwood decking.

    1. Easier to install
    Hardwood decking can be difficult to install, often involving specialist tools, lots of time and considerable wastage – especially if you want a smooth, streamlined deck with no visible fasteners. With no knots to remove, every bit of the composite decking board can be used. It’s easier to fit than hardwood decking using standard tools and is available with a grooved edge and a hidden fastener system for a quicker, easier, visible fixing-free finish.

    2. Virtually maintenance free
    Hardwood decking may look good, but to keep it looking that way, you’ll need to spend a lot of time (and money) stripping, cleaning and oiling it. Once composite decking is installed, we recommend a sweep and occasional light power wash to keep it looking great. Stripping, cleaning and oiling hardwood decks introduce chemicals to the eco system.

    3. Looks good for longer
    After a few months of the great outdoors, hardwood decking naturally weathers, turning black or grey. Cleaning and re-oiling the boards will fix this, but a few months later, you’ll need to do it again. While composite decking lightens a little during the first few months of its life, it stays exactly the same from then on.

    4. Safer
    Hardwood decking can crack and splinter thus posing a safety hazard. It becomes slippery from algae build-up or simply when it’s wet. Gaps between the boards are a hazard for inquisitive little fingers or high-heeled shoes.

    Unlike hardwood decking, Composite Decking has no grain, so it doesn’t split or warp. It has anti-slip qualities, is algae-resistant and dries quickly when it’s wet, (wood absorbs up to 50% water taking a longer time to dry, whereas Composite Decking is saturated at 1.2%, and typically takes around 30 minutes to dry).

    Hardwood decking needs to be installed with a 6mm gap or more between the boards and at butt ends to allow movement between being wet and being dry, composite decking boards need only a space of only 3mm between boards during fitting meaning no room for trapped little fingers or high heels.

    So if you’re looking for hardwood decking that looks great, is easy to maintain, will last a long time and is environmentally friendly too, look no further than composite decking instead of hardwood decking.

    5. The greener alternative to hardwood decking
    Most timber decking is made from tropical timbers – and tropical forests are disappearing fast. We use non-tropical hardwoods, like cherry, maple and ect. We source manufacturing wood waste from the furniture and flooring industry and instead of heading straight for landfill, it’s made into ‘wood flour’, combined with polymer and used to make our great-looking, long-lasting decking products.

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