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When you are looking into purchasing composite decking for your exterior space, you will want to compare the different suppliers available to discover all the boards on the market to choose from and prioritise the aspects most important to you.

Whether your main priority within your decking project is cost, aesthetic or quality, you will have to research the different decking suppliers on the market to make sure you are choosing the right option for you. Not only will we look into the various suppliers available in this article but also the things you should take into account when investing in your composite decking, to help make the process a little easier.

Different aspects to consider

When deciding to purchase composite decking for your home, there are a few things you should consider first. As well as how the product looks on the surface, you should take into account its quality, strength and properties such as fading. Composite decking is an investment and depending on the quality and structural integrity of the board, it can last for decades, which means you should get it right the first time to avoid disappointment down the line.

Composite decking will fade when exposed to UV exposure, therefore, if fading is your biggest concern, the best option for you is to purchase a second generation capped composite that is more resistant to fading in comparison to the first generation composite. The second-generation composite has an additional layer of plastic around the board for protection, which means it requires less maintenance, is more resistant to moisture and will therefore have a longer lifespan.

Don’t just focus on the upfront cost! The initial upfront cost of the board is just one aspect to consider, as usually price reflects quality and the lower the quality the more money is spent on repairs and replacements. If you have shopped around and found a company offering a composite decking board for significantly less than the rest on the market, this could be a reflection on the structural integrity of the board, leading to additional costs in maintenance and damages throughout its lifespan.

However, a low cost does not always mean low quality and the best way to combat this is by testing samples from various companies against each other to compare the quality for yourself.

What companies can you choose from?

There are lots of different companies available on the market, which can make the decision-making process overwhelming and confusing. Some of the main companies that will supply composite decking in 2024 are Ultra Decking, Composite Warehouse, Dino Decking, Envirobuild, Neotimber and Cladco.

All these suppliers are well-known brands and have years of experience in the composite world, supplying various colours and sizes of composite decking and even various other composite materials such as fencing or cladding.

Even though all composite decking boards are comprised of the same materials, the composition may differ from company to company and therefore the quality and structural integrity will change depending on which company you go with.

The manufacturing process is what provides the boards with their strength, and the ratio of the wood to plastic fibres in the board will determine the quality. These companies are, of course, only some of the many available on the market and there may well be another company that is more suited to you and your project.

Each company will not only have a range of various products but also various ranges of decking that differ in quality and will suit each homeowner. As mentioned, keep an eye out for different generations of composite, as second generation capped composite has a much longer lifespan due to its upgraded resistance to the elements. Always check for the warranty of the board and range you are choosing, as the quality of the board will affect this too.

The higher the warranty, the higher the quality of the board, which is usually more expensive too. Additionally, always read the terms and conditions of the warranty to ensure you are sticking to the guidelines.

 

1 Order Sample

Ordering samples is always recommended prior to purchasing, to not only see the quality in person first, but also to get a true representation of colour, as colours can appear altered from screen to screen and appear different in person. Therefore, to avoid receiving your product and not being happy with the colour, always order samples or visit show rooms first.

Additionally, ordering samples means you can test any products you may desire on the surface of the board such as cleaning products before damaging your decking surface. Most companies offer multiple free samples and this will ensure you can compare different company’s boards in person.

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2 Labour Cost

A long with upfront cost, you will also need to consider the other costs of the project as materials is only one aspect of cost. Labour, maintenance and accessories will also cost you when installing composite decking and therefore must be considered when purchasing.

Some companies will have their own fitters that can come out and do quotes and install the decking a long with supplying the materials, if this is something you require then looking into suppliers who also offer fitting services is the best course of action for you. Alternatively, you might be fitting the decking yourself if you are a DIYer or maybe you already have a recommended fitter in mind and only require a supplier for the materials, which will make it much easier to choose a supplier.

What companies can you choose from?

There are lots of different companies available on the market, which can make the decision-making process overwhelming and confusing. Some of the main companies at present in 2023 that supply composite decking are Ultra Decking, Composite Warehouse, Dino Decking, Envirobuild, Neotimber and Cladco.

All these suppliers are well reputable brands and have years of experience in the composite world, supplying various colours and sizes of composite decking and even various other composite materials such as fencing or cladding.

Even though all composite decking boards are comprised of the same materials, the composition may differ from company to company and therefore the quality and structural integrity will change depending which company you go for. 

The manufacturing process is what provides the boards with their strength, and the ratio of the wood to plastic fibres in the board will determine the quality. These companies are of course only some of the many available on the market and there may well be another company that is more suited to you and your project.

Each company will not only have a range of various products but also various ranges of decking that differ in quality and will suit each homeowner. As mentioned, keep an eye out for different generations of composite, as second generation capped composite has a much longer lifespan due to its upgraded resistant qualities to the elements.

Always check for the warranty of the board and range you are choosing as the quality of the board will affect this too. The higher the warranty will indicate a higher quality board, which is usually more expensive too. Additionally, always read the terms and conditions for the warranty to ensure you are sticking within the guidelines.

What We Have For Offer

Here at Composite warehouse, we have multiple different decking boards available in different ranges that will suit all different decking projects. Our essential collection comprises of first generation grooved and wood grain 4m boards that have a 10 year

he best decking is subjective; different people look for different attributes in decking. If you are searching to get the best decking material in the UK, the price should not be the only thing you should consider. You have to consider the various decking types and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself to ease the decision-making process:

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Conclusion

Composite decking lasts more than double the timespan of wooden decking and requires less maintenance. You will have to pay more for your composite decking at first. However, paying the extra amount initially will save you lots of time and prevent you from paying additional fees on maintenance requirements. Composite decking achieves the natural look of wooden decking and requires a lot less consistent care.

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