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Top Tips for Preventing Cracks in Composite Decking

Composite decking has revolutionised gardens, offering an eco-friendly, low maintenance alternative to the charm of traditional timber. 

When selecting your decking, remember: quality matters. Not only will it look the best, but superior-quality decking will have a longer lifespan and better withstand the elements.

Whichever decking you choose to buy, you can mitigate the chance of cracks emerging by following a few simple steps. In this article, we explain exactly what is needed to ensure your decking stays crack-free (and stunning!) long into the future.

Preventing Cracks in Composite Decking

Cracking and splitting in composite decking can detract from its beauty and functionality. To ensure the longevity and integrity of your decking, it’s crucial to focus on proper installation and maintenance. Here are comprehensive tips to prevent these issues:

  • Strict Adherence to Installation Guidelines

Follow Assured Composite’s installation instructions. This includes proper board spacing, using recommended fixings and employing suitable tools.

  • Adequate Board Spacing

Ensure enough space between decking boards. This spacing is crucial to accommodate natural expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. Overlooking this can lead to pressure build-up and eventual cracking.

  • Correct Fixings and Tools

Use the specific fixings and tools recommended by Assured Composite. Using the correct hardware can significantly reduce the risk of board splitting or cracking.

  • Regular Maintenance

Regular cleaning and inspections can help identify potential issues before they become major problems. Remove debris from between boards to prevent moisture build-up and reduce the risk of cracking.

  • Avoid Excessive Weight Load

It’s important to distribute weight evenly across the decking. Excessive weight or uneven distribution can cause stress on the boards, leading to cracks.

  • Proper Storage and Handling of Materials

Before installation, store the decking materials flat and in a covered area to prevent warping or damage.

  • Professional Installation

If you’re not confident in your DIY skills, consider hiring a professional. They have the expertise to ensure that the decking is installed correctly, reducing the risk of future problems.

By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce the risk of cracking and splitting in your composite decking, ensuring a beautiful and long-lasting outdoor space.

Assured Composite’s Decking Range

As previously stated, we recommend purchasing high-quality decking if you want it to last. 

Catering to diverse tastes and budgets, Assured Composite offers four ranges of high-quality decking. Each selection is available in a spectrum of colours to perfectly match your vision.

Complementary Accessories

To complete the look, Assured Composite also provides matching accessories. These additions not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also contribute to the longevity and performance of the decking.

Warranty and Assurance

When it comes to Assured Composite decking, peace of mind is part of the package. Our decking ranges come with a robust 10-year commercial or 25-year residential warranty. It’s our promise of quality and durability.

With Assured Composite, you get more than just decking — you receive a full package of quality, durability and aesthetic appeal.

Explore our range and accessories to transform your garden.