Are you looking to undertake a new decking project, but you are not sure which materials to use?
Many people assume they need to go for traditional timber decking, but there are so many different kinds of materials to use.
Below we consider different kinds of decking materials and look at the advantages of uPVC decking boards.
UPVC decking boards are made from plastic fibres and are completely waterproof. This means they are resistant to rotting and warming because of moisture.
This material may increase the life of a newly laid deck, and is longer lasting than wooden decking, however, in certain instances it may give residential decking projects a plastic look.
Composite wood decking
Composite boards incorporate natural wood fibres into the plastic decking, which may absorb some water, but is still more durable than real wood.
A composite deck has a more natural look than plastic decks and is available as partially-hollow boards or solid boards.
Why uPVC makes for the perfect garden deck
One of the main reasons people select uPVC over wood decking is because of the sleek look and superior quality.
uPVC decks that are mixed with wood offer a natural beauty to any garden. uPVC is also available in a variety of colours and tones, making it unique to match your style.
Here are some reasons why uPVC (including composite decking boards) make the perfect decking material.
uPVC plastic decking and composite decking have a longer life span, even when compared to treated wood boards.
These decks can be made from recycled plastic, making them eco-friendly as well, and can withstand frost, water and exposure to cold and wet weather.
Plastic is entirely impermeable, however, it may become weak after prolonged exposure to sun, rain and wind.
Composite decking that contains wood is designed to slightly flex due to the wood and polymer materials, which allows for expansion and contraction as the weather changes.
These attributes make it the perfect material for your new deck, no matter where you live.
2) Slip resistant
No deck is completely anti-slip, however, uPVC and composite decks are more resistant to slipping than treated wooden decks.
This is because of the wood grain patterns included in the boards during the manufacturing process, which offers grip when walking on them, even in wet conditions.
uPVC decking allows you to select options with deeper grooves, so if you know your deck will frequently be exposed to rain or snow, you can select a type of board that will offer the best grip.
3) Easy installation
Installing or building a new deck can be difficult when it comes to aligning the boards and ensuring equal space between them.
uPVC decks overcome this problem by having interlocking parts that allow the boards to fit together like a puzzle.
These interlocking sections also help with even spacing when installing your deck.
4) Simple maintenance
uPVC and composite decking are incredibly low maintenance when compared to timber products.
Artificial decking boards do not require treatment, painting, staining or stripping, and offers you that timber feels without having to maintain it.
Throughout the year your artificial deck may require some love in the form of cleaning.
uPVC and composite decking can easily be cleaned using a pressure washer, but take note to not hold the nozzle too close to the product as it may cause wood or plastic fibres to come loose.
It is easy to see why uPVC boards and composite boards are a better choice than timber. These artificial decks require barely any maintenance and can be easily installed.
They also come in a variety of colours and textures, making them an easy choice for your next backyard deck project.