Composite Decking FAQs

About Composite Decking

Composite decking is an environmentally friendly outdoor living solution for the modern home and can transform your outdoor living space giving you that dream garden with little or virtually no maintenance.

Composite products are a low maintenance timber alternative that allows for the garden to be enjoyed all year round.

It is made using a unique homogenous wood polymer construction that maintains its high performance for years and years without the need for time consuming maintenance and painting

Constructed from ethically sourced, traceable recycled wood from timber mills and recycled plastic polymer

Composite decking has 60% timber content to prevent damage. It is incredibly strong  and is naturally slip resistant and splinter free making it safer for children, visitors and pets

Providing expansion gaps allows proper drainage and ventilation to the sub base which prevents the timber from rotting.

Looking after Composite Decking

Composite decking is liable to fade following exposure to UK Light from when they were first installed. Such fading is to be expected and will not amount to a breach of the contract with Heritage Decking Ltd.

A life time of minimal maintenance with just a usual clean-up with a garden hose is sufficient although if you are using your deck for eating, barbecuing or drinking, it is important to keep an eye out for spills etc. and to ensure they are cleaned up immediately to prevent the deck board from staining

We recommend cleaning your decking with a pressure washer, but it’s important to ensure the unit is less than 80 bar, the temperature must be no more than 40 ̊C, and position the lance head no closer than 30cm. Alternatively washing the whole deck down with a soft brush and mild soapy water, finally rinsing with a hose should be sufficient.

Do not to use aggressive chemicals or cleaning products when cleaning Composite decking.

It is important not to place heavy items on your deck or drag furniture across the decking planks which could damage your deck. We advise using soft felt pads placed under any item which will be moved regularly to avoid scratching.

Is Composite Decking Slippery?

Any decking can become slippery when covered with ice, water or algae although it is much more non-slip than traditional timber decking and is designed to minimize the growth of algae and mold. Following our recommended cleaning and maintenance this will ensure your composite decking performs at its best.

 

How we fit Composite Decking

It is important when we fit composite decking to leave expansion gaps between boards. Composite decking will contract and expand in the cold and heat. Gaps are left between boards to give the same uniform finish and the gap size is an aesthetic decision although we use fixing clips or hidden fasteners which act as spacers which also ensures a similarity across the deck. When butt joining composite decking we recommend gaps or a minimum of 3mm to allow for expansion and contraction.

Composite decking boards can be cut in the same way as traditional timber decking using ordinary wood working tools. We use range of circular or miter saws for a clean edge.

All our decks are built on a frame work of C24 tanalised pressure treated timber and oiled with an addition coat of decking oil to further protect the timber.

Heavy duty 100gsm landscape fabric is placed and pinned under the deck frame to protect and prevents weed seeds buried in the soil beneath from sprouting.

Wood Decking FAQs

About Wood Decking

Wood Decking has options of either Softwood or Hardwood

The right timber deck will transform how you think about your outdoor space and how much you and others enjoy it. A deck built from timber products will do this and more. For added peace of mind.

Our Softwood options carry  the ‘Deckmark Guarantee’ made by BSW TimelessTimber, these sizes 38mm by 125mm boards in lengths of 2.4mm,  3.0mm, 3.6mm , 4.2mm and 4.8mm, are top quality having been tanalised and wax treated making them extremely versatile and flexible.

 All cut edges are end grain treated to keep the integrity of tanalisation. We hold an endless portfolio of designs which can be carried forward to other parts of your garden. Softwood decking offers a lower cost option and a more economical solution. Soft wood decking is treated, restored and enhanced with the use of decking oil, we can offer full advice in this area on request.

Hardwood decking comes in a whole range of species, grades and colours and is the perfect solution for your outdoor living space. Hardwood decking isn’t only good looking, it’s also hardwearing and relatively easy to look after.

Commonly made from woods suck as balau, bamboo teak, ipe, iroko or cumaru,  hardwood decking options are sourced from responsibly managed forests, so you can buy with a clear conscience.  Available in a range of widths and lengths, you can choose your options to make the most of your terrace or outside space. 

Easy to fit and stunning to look at, a hardwood deck won’t only enhance the look of your garden, it’ll enhance your life too.  With the right planning you can shelter your deck from the elements and add a heating option so you can get use from it all year round.

How do I maintain Wood Decking?

To keep your wood decking in good condition, you will need to treat it periodically with a coat of protective decking oil or wood stain and make sure any scratches or chips are immediately dried and treated with stain. It can be pressured washed down to remove any green algae or mold but must be left to dry completely before treating or oiling.

Is Wood decking Slippery?

Wood Decking can become slippery when covered with water, ice or algae and can attract the growth of algae and mold this is because wood is porous and water can collect between wood fibers.  Treating the wood will seal the surface, protecting the porous effect. Decking was used on ships long before it was a garden feature. There are all sorts of ways to ensure that the wood doesn’t become slippery simply by following our advice on treating the deck.

How do you fit Wood decking?

Wood decking is fit the same way as we fit composite decking using ordinary wood working tools.

All our decks are built on a frame work of C24 tanalised pressure treated timber and oiled with an addition coat of decking oil to further protect the timber.

Heavy duty 100gsm landscape fabric is placed and pinned under the deck frame to protect and prevents weed seeds buried in the soil beneath from sprouting.