One reason homeowners love composite decking is that it is more durable than timber. Also, composite decking boards lasts longer than wood decking. But how long will composite decking last? You will learn the answer to this enquiry as you go through this write-up. Let’s start by defining composite decking.

Type of Outdoor Decking Material

There are several kinds of outdoor flooring material available in the store that you can purchase. You can buy wood decking. Also, there is composite decking and PVC decking. These outdoor flooring materials are made of different materials. Their material composition affects their performance. That is why some decking materials last more than others.

Composite Decking 

Composite decking is one outdoor patio material that stands out and one that is fit for your project. The material composition of composite decking is wood and plastic. The disparity between composite decking and wood decking is that the timber used for composite decking is recycled lumber. That is why composite decking is also known as plastic wood decking. 

Composite decking is made in factories where the makers of plastic wood decking mix the various materials with an adhesive. Makers of composite decking then heat the mixture until it becomes composite decking boards. When the composite decking is ready, they will leave the end product to cool. After they will cut the composite decking into various shapes so that you can use them for your outdoor flooring project. But the concern now is, how long will this newly formed composite decking last?

How Long Will My Plastic Wood Decking Last?

Remember that we mentioned that composite decking is also the same as plastic wood decking. So we will use the plastic wood decking to refer to composite decking at times. So, to address the enquiry of how long your composite decking will last, let’s look at two composite deckings materials. Our stock includes the Timeless and Essential collections of composite decking. The plastic wood decking boards are not of the same grade.

 Our Timeless collections of composite decking will last for up to 25 years. This implies that using our Timeless composite decking guarantee that you will enjoy the decking for a long time. Although it will lose a little amount of colour overtime during the first few weeks after installation, the colour will become stable and will last as long as the composite decking lasts. 

Our Essential collections of composite decking will last for 10 years. It will fade a little for the first few weeks after you have installed it. The pigment will become permanent over time and will last as long as you maintain your composite decking, and you use it properly. This brings us to the issue of what can make your composite decking not to last long.

How to Ensure that Your Composite Decking Last Long

Ensure You Install Your Decking Properly

For your composite decking to last long, we recommend that you follow best practice when installing it. This means that you must ensure that you space your plastic wood decking boards appropriately. For example, you must leave at least 5 mm space between the decking boards to care for expansion and contraction. 

If you don’t your composite decking will sag or warp when it expands as a result of fluctuating temperature. Aside from space between the boards, you must ensure that you leave enough space between your composite decking boards and any structure. Also, you should use the right tools and the suitable clips and fasteners when you are installing our composite decking boards.

Ensure You Maintain Your Composite Decking Regularly

clean your outdoor decking boards

Another reason your composite decking might not last long is if you don’t maintain it properly. You have to clean your decking regularly with a cloth that you soak in water. Also, if oil spills on your decking, you should clean it immediately.

When using a power washer, please don’t bring it too close to the decking surface so that the pressure will not peel the texture. Aside from that, please ensure that you don’t leave leftover food on your composite decking boards because decaying food can let mould to grow on your plastic wood decking boards.

Ensure You Don’t Scratch the Surface

Please note that this is crucial to the survival of your composite decking. Ensure that you don’t drag heavy objects on the surface texture of your composite decking boards. When you do, the heavy object will leave marks that are difficult to erase on your decking. In most cases, you will have no choice than to paint your decking.


Your composite decking boards will last long. It will last longer than wood decking. You must ensure that you maintain your decking regularly and you follow best practice when installing the decking boards.

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