Wood Free Alternative Decking
For some it is all about traditional, natural materials with no interest in synthetic alternatives. Although you can’t deny natural beauty, there are some man made materials that are more suitable dependent upon circumstance, environment and personal preference. There are many manufacturers that match wood species such as Cedar, Redwood, Silver Maple or Brown Oak, so you still have a selection of natural tones for your choosing. But when they’re sustainable, eco-friendly substitutes, the word manufactured or man-made doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?
Introducing, Composite Decking
Strong and durable, composite decking looks and feels just like natural wood, but it provides a longer-lasting solution that is environmentally friendly, requires minimal maintenance and most brands swear by it being easy to install. With most of the manufacturers creating an eco-friendly product by using a combination of reclaimed wood and clear plastic resin to create a high quality decking option, there are a few companies competing to be your one and only composite decking supplier. One of those being Millboard, they offer a vast range of flooring options that suit and are fit for many aesthetics, environments and purposes.
Millboard is a unique non-wood decking which perfectly replicates the visual appeal of natural timber, but boasts superior performance. Hand-moulded in durable polyurethane, it boasts superior safety with higher anti-slip ratings than conventional composite decking. sourced from http://www.millboard.co.uk/home/
Image source: www.millboard.co.uk
The key features that most if not all-composite decking have in common are:
- Low maintenance
- Doesn’t fade or stain
- Will not rot, split or warp
- Weather resistant
- Resistant to algae
(The resistance to algae and stains are unique to Millboard and not common on the composite market.)
Why composite decking might not suit:
- Dependant on brand, can look fake and cheap
- Some brands can be slippery
- Not resistant to mould or mildew (especially in the shade)
- Eventually shows signs of age and decay
- Can sag and bend
- Costs more than pressure-treated decking
The composite decking market has grown in the last decade, after all it’s a good alternative to wood with its uncanny resemblance to timber and the benefits it offers to you and your surroundings. You also don’t have to compensate on appearance with wanting something low maintenance and you’re also not causing the environment any drawbacks.
Featured image source: www.ecodek.co.uk