Composite or wooden decking: which is best?


The time has finally come to replace your existing decking, it’s been looking tired and worn for a few years and you have decided to put your DIY skills to the test once more! The question is, should you go for composite decking or wooden decking? In this article we identify the pros and cons of both option and finish with our recommendations.

I know what wooden decking is but what is composite decking?

As you have gathered, wooden decking is simply wood cut into strips to form decking panels. Pretty straight forward. Composite decking on the other hand is slightly more complex all around. It is essentially made up of a mixture of recycled wood and recycled plastics. As a matter of fact, 95% recycled which makes them eco friendly but more to the point, STRONG and long lasting!

The benefits of wooden decking

Wooden decking is a natural product and looks that way when installed on your deck. It can be treated to make It last longer and also can be painted to any colour you desire. It is relatively cheap making it a good choice for DIY projects and if a mistake is made on a piece it’s easy to buy another piece at a relatively low cost.

The benefits of composite decking

Composite decking looks very similar to traditional wooden decking however it looks more perfect in its form. This is because it is created using moulds that are designed to imitate the look of a wooden deck. As a result, when the deck is complete it looks absolutely prefect, no rising panels which often happen with wooden decks. The superior finish of composite decking is why most people choose this for their DIY project. Yes, it may cost a little more, but you save money in the long run due to zero maintenance and a 20 year guarantee which no wooden deck can provide.

Below we have listed some of the key benefits of composite decking because we feel so strongly that this is the decking of the future:

  • No splintering so no risk of injuring your feet.
  • Insect proof, so no chance of wood lice eating your precious deck.
  • Mould resistant so suitable for wet climates such as in Manchester!
  • Zero maintenance, does not need re-painting or sealing.
  • Easy installation due to the panels being uniform in shape and size.
  • Comes in a variety of colours designed specifically for garden use.

Which we recommend: wooden or composite decking

Our view is that home owners and business owners alike want a more durable, long lasting product when it comes to decking. It really is a matter of taste and opinion which you opt for, however our choice is composite decking every time. The reason for this is that it ticks so many boxes for DIY enthusiasts and really makes life easier each year as you don’t have to worry about painting the decking every year. It’s a job that you can do well, do once and not have to think about it again.

Where can I buy composite decking?

We sell a range of composite decking panels that are delivered to your door from our premises in Manchester. We provide excellent customer service and are here every step of the way to help with any further questions you may have. If you are still undecided which to choose. Speak to us today.

To discuss your composite decking plans call us on 0161 635 0034 and a member of our team will be able to provide valuable advice and guidance for your DIY project.