When looking to choose the perfect composite decking for you and your home, it can be difficult and slightly overwhelming with the vast choices that there are to offer. The first step is knowing your options and what type of composite deckings there are. In this blog post, we are going to outline the differences, and which composite deckings we offer and recommend.
What types of composite decking are there?
There are 2 main types of Composite decking currently out in the marketplace. Wood Plastic Composite Decking (WPC), also referred to as the 1st generation of composite decking and Capped Composite decking (Co-Extruded), also referred to as the 2nd generation. Both composite deckings can be bought in a solid or hollow profile with a wide range of colours and finishes to choose from but most popular by far has been a deep embossed wood grain finish due to the incredible realism to a natural wood grain finish.
Wood Plastic Composite Decking (WPC)
Wood Plastic Composite Decking; also referred to as the 1st generation of Composite decking, it is generally made up of a 60% Recycled Wood Powder, 30% Recycled Plastic and 10% additives such as, Anti UV agent, Anti Oxidant agent, Stabilizers, Colour, etc. These are all mixed up in giant hoppers to form a consistent blend and then extruded to form in this case composite decking boards. WPC Decking is the same colour throughout the board and is very durable in a diverse range of weather conditions which is why it has proven such a popular alternative to natural wood decking. WPC Decking expands and contracts in hot and cold weather which has over the years made it difficult for the less experienced installers to work out the best way to install but this is the nature of any new product to the market. The majority of Composite decking boards are dual sided meaning you can use them either side up with one side generally being a wood grain finish and the opposite side being a grooved finish giving the customer options. Don’t let the term ‘1st Generation’ put you off WPC Decking as it is a great product and has developed considerably over the past several years with many more years of life to go!
Capped Composite decking (Co-Extruded decking)
Capped Composite decking (Co-Extruded decking), also referred to as the second generation of Composite decking is made up of a WPC core which is then ‘Capped’ (covered) with a high quality plastic coat sealing the core. Capped composite decking is very hard wearing due to its plastic coat so it is able to handle heavy foot fall and also resilient to marking and staining from food and drink. Capped composite decking also comes dual sided to give buyers options but with what is on the market currently, the wood grain does not give as much texture as the regular WPC board which is a reason not everyone jumps straight for the capped board. This has definitely been addressed and some of the new boards coming into the market place early 2022 will have the best of both worlds so exciting times ahead.
Solid and Hollow Decking
People always ask, ‘What’s best, Hollow or Solid . . . ?’, the answer is there isn’t a better or worse out of the 2. Solid in the past has been recommended for more commercial or heavy domestic areas where there is high foot fall and being a strong product could handle a lot more ware and tare. Hollow Composite decking is by far the most popular and has been improving year on year. You will see boards with square, rectangle and circle hollows on the market today with the better qualities, having a very high break load to compete with jobs where Solid may have been recommended 2-3 years ago. The Outdoor Looks ‘Deep Embossed’ board has been tested and results show the boards have a 5KN break load which is equivalent to 5 tonnes of pressure to snap 1 individual board. This is more than suitable for any Commercial or Domestic job which is one of the reasons it has been a proven fantastic seller throughout the UK. To Shop our vast range of composite decking, head over to our website.