Composite decking is the modern alternative to wood decking
Composite decking was first manufactured in the 1990’s. It is made from sawdust and recycled plastic, using plastic from carrier bags and milk cartons. Originally, like Ford’s first car, you could have any colour you wanted as lock as it was, not black, as with the car but grey. Many people prefer colours which blend in with the natural habitat so when ten years later, the composite decking came in a number of more natural colours including woods such as cedar and walnut , it was made more appealing as a garden feature.
Composite does not splinter, warp or rot, problems which wood decking is prone to. Wood decking attracts wood eating insects such as woodworm and termites, which are not attracted to the combination of materials in composite decking.
Wood decking requires scrubbing, bleaching and staining regularly, making it difficult to keep in good condition.
While composite decking does not look like real wood, it is much easier to maintain, needing little more than a yearly wash.
There is a large environmental argument for composite decking. As it is made from a mixture of wood by-products, such as sawdust, which means no trees need to be felled unlike when making wood decking. The sawdust is mixed with the types of plastic which is used in shopping bags and milk containers. These products, which, if not used for composite decking, would go into landfill sites and remain there for up to four hundred and fifty years. Making use of this material for composite decking means it is taken out of landfill sites and used in an environmentally friendly way. One company making composite decking recycles approximately six million pounds of plastic per year. This means that there is at least six million tons of plastic which is not lying in landfill sites for four hundred and fifty years, waiting to degrade.
The composite materials would not need to be treated with environmentally dangerous chemicals to prevent insect problems.
There is also no need to bleach composite decking. Bleach has been proved to be detrimental to health, particularly to anyone who suffers from breathing conditions such as asthma, as incidences of asthma become higher in the developed world, bleach is one of the chemicals to avoid.
While composite decking does not look like real wood, it is an environmentally friendly alternative. The initial cost of composite decking is higher than that for wood decking but the low maintenance means that the extra outlay will be worthwhile, as money will be saved over the years.
Composite decking is also labour and time saving, both very important qualities nowadays. In summary, composite decking is better for the environment and does not contribute to health issues. There are no trees felled for composite decking, we all know that trees are the lungs of the world and far too many are cut down without being replaced. Even when trees are replaced, they take many years to mature.
There as been a large growth in high quality composite decking, particularly in the UK. Composite decking UK is easy to maintain and is a good product to use if you want a low or no maintenance garden and wish to use an environmentally friendly product.