Which composite decking brand is best?
At Howarth we only stock the best, that’s why we offer our customers Trex composite decking - the best on the market. This page will show you our FAQ’s regarding composite decking:
What is composite decking?
Composite decking also known as plastic decking is a synthetic material made from wood fibres, HDPE plastics and bonding agents. This mix is heated, formed into board shaped lengths and then cooled to form a wood-plastic composite material that is denser, stronger, and heavier than wood alone. Composite decking is increasing in popularity with homeowners due to its authentic look and low maintenance needs.
How much is composite decking?
Trex composite deck boards range in price and warranty from £33.40 (inc VAT) to £90.14 (inc VAT). The affordability of our composite products depends on the grade chosen. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Initially, Trex decking and railing does cost more, board for board, than timber decking and railing; however, the payoff you get over time in decreased maintenance costs and increased leisure time provides compelling value - so much so, that Trex decks are sometimes referenced in the listings of homes for sale as an indicator of quality and value that homeowners and real estate agents use when selling a home. Of course, the true value is in the time that you spend outdoors on your Trex deck.
Trex have three different ranges to suit all budgets: TrexEnhance Basics ***, Trex Enhance Neutrals****, and Trex Transcend *****. If you were to compare Trex composite decking to Timber decking, (where the cost of timber decking boards depends on the type of wood) softwood decking is considerably cheaper than both hardwood decking and most composite decking options. Hardwood decking is closer in price to composite decking.
If you choose to buy timber decking, although it is a good choice, don’t forget to buy stains or oil to ensure that it looks its best for longer, and keep in mind that there will be some further spend required over the lifetime of the decking to maintain it.
Is composite decking slippery?
Composite deck boards are actually more slip resistant than timber decking and is an advantage of purchasing composite decking. The slip resistance is determined primarily by the texture of the deck board’s finish (grooved boards). However, there is no such thing as 100% non-slip decking of any material.
What is composite decking made of?
Trex composite decking is often referred to as recycled plastic decking as it is made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed timber and sawdust as well as recycled plastic from many common household items. This includes items such as the plastic overwrap on packaging for paper towels and toilet paper, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags, grocery and shopping bags. Trex annually salvages and keeps more than 400 million pounds of plastic and timber scrap out of landfills. In fact, the average 500-square-foot composite Trex deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags.
How long does composite decking last?
Trex is engineered to endure decades of weather exposure and foot traffic, with the warranty coverage to prove it. With virtually every product covered by our original industry-leading 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest-assured that your garden investment is well protected. And even better: our high-performance decking products come with an extra layer of coverage: an additional 25-Year Limited Residential Fade & Stain Warranty.
Is composite decking waterproof?
Water can be very dangerous to timber decking; water seeps into tiny cracks and crevices, expands, and then the wood dries out. This causes it to shrink, and cracks and splits can form. Composite decking does not absorb water, it sits on top therefore resistant to these effects. However, it is not technically waterproof as it could not be fully submerged in water, and prolonged pools of water can cause staining and damage to the substructure. Trex Protect Joist Tape and Trex Protect Beam Tape can help to waterproof your deck.
Nevertheless, Trex composite decking is perfectly suitable to be fitted around a swimming pool / hot tub because Trex installation requires a 5mm gap in-between the boards which acts as a natural drainage system.
Features and benefits of Trex Decking
- With Trex, you can spend less time repairing your deck and more time enjoying it. It is very low maintenance, meaning it never needs painting, oiling or staining
- Durable: Resistant to mould, scratching or fading unlike other timber decks
- Protected by a 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty
- Natural woodgrain finish available in several rich colours
- Easy to install without requiring any special tools
- Perfect for all seasonal weather, not just for summer – simply sweep away autumn leaves or winter snow
- Eco-friendly - Trex saves over 180 million kilos of plastic and timber scrap from landfills every year
Trex Composite decking colours:
Grey composite decking is everybody’s favourite and bang on trend. Grey hue’s are available through all the Basics, Enhance and Transcend ranges, meaning you’ll find a quality composite deck to suit your budget:
- Foggy Wharf
- Rocky Harbour
- Island Mist
- Vintage Lantern
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Installing composite decking has been explained thoroughly in the comprehensive Trex Installation guide. Ensuring you have everything you need to plan for and install your Trex decking.
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How to Lay Composite Decking
- There is an array of composite decking ideas to get you started
- Mix and match colours to give a contrasting look
- Change up the board layout
- How about an L shape or curved design?