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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Composite and timber are the most popular options for decking in Australia. he right choice for your garden and family depends largely on your budget, how much time you will dedicate to maintaining it, how long you would like your deck to last, and the overall look you are trying to create.

The Differences in Wood and Composite Decking

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The first distinction to make with composite decking is that it will cost more than the same amount of material as traditional wood. Exact price will depend on the brand and product, and the quantity required for the project, but the initial purchase of composite decking will certainly set you back more. And this is the biggest mistake typically made by businesses and homeowners trying to keep their costs down.

Although composite decking is more expensive at first, the time and ultimately money it will save in the long run is what makes it a far more worthwhile investment than a wood based product.
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Material composition & Life expectancy: Wood vs Composite

There are numerous reasons for this and many of them are down to the properties engineered to make the decking boards stay in perfect, pristine condition after no matter how much rain and other natural occurrences.
How is this achieved? It all comes down to how composite decking is manufactured, merging high density polyethylene and recycled wood fiber to produce boards that closely mimic the natural appearance and texture of wood, but offer the enhanced durability of a synthetic material.
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Teranna Composite Decking

Resistant to UV Rays, Insects, Fungi & Lichens
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Splinters and cracks

Teranna decking products have the strength and elasticity to support more weight than you would have to worry about, and are made to withstand substantial blunt force impact. There won’t be any nasty splinters or cracks to snag your feet – so you, your children and your pets can roam barefoot and free and feel nothing but comfort.
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Color fading: Wood vs Composite

Another important element is the UV stabilizer which is added in the manufacturing process of composite decking. This prevents the boards from losing their color or warping over time in the sun. The Teranna range is tested to withstand large temperature ranges, so whether there’s a heat wave or a cold snap your deck is in no danger of damage.
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Maintenance requirements

The UV filter additive in composite decking also stops the growth of any mould and fungi, which is one of the biggest contributors to timber boards degrading unless regularly cleaned, resealed and repainted. If you use composite decking you should only need to wash it once every spring or summer, or within a week of any food or oil spills, with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. The rest of the time can be spent how it should be – enjoying your splendid outdoor space.
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Slip resistance

One of the biggest advantages composite decking has over wood however is its slip resistant surface. Teranna decking is produced to recommended standards for safe flooring, while the grooved, double-sided boards of the Ever-Deck range offer even greater grip. A wet wood deck on the other hand can be as treacherous as an icy road or pavement; an easy way for anyone to seriously injure themselves.
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Fire safety

Composite decking is the safer way to go when it comes to fire hazards, too. While timber could quickly ignite and help spread a fire, composite boards restrict this from happening. Teranna Ever-Deck is manufactured to achieve a Class B fire rating.


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