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What is Bullnose Composite Decking?

bullnose edge composite decking - Assured Composite

If you’re planning a new decking project, you may be wondering about the different types of deck boards available. One option you’ll come across is bullnose composite decking. But what exactly is it and where should you use it? In this article, we take a closer look.

What is bullnose composite decking? 

Grey Premier Composite Bullnose Edge Board - Assured Composite

Bullnose decking boards have a rounded edge on one or both sides, giving them a softer, more finished appearance compared to standard rectangular boards with sharp 90-degree edges. The rounded profile is not only aesthetically pleasing but also provides a smoother transition between different levels of decking and helps prevent tripping hazards.

Like regular composite decking, bullnose boards are made from a combination of wood fibres and recycled plastic. This eco-friendly material is designed to closely resemble the beauty of natural timber while offering superior durability and low maintenance. 

Composite decking doesn’t rot, warp, splinter or fade and never needs sanding, staining or sealing. It’s also slip-resistant and splinter-free, making it perfect for busy areas.

Where to use bullnose boards

Bullnose decking is an ideal choice for finishing the edges of steps, raised areas and transition points in your deck design. The rounded front edge creates a neater, more professional look and clearly defines each step to improve safety. Bullnose boards are also great for high-traffic zones as the curved profile is more forgiving than sharp edges if someone accidentally stubs their toe!

You can use bullnose boards to cap the perimeter of the entire deck for a cohesive look, or mix and match them with fascia boards for a custom finish. Fascia boards cover the front of the deck frame and are used to hide the ends of the joists and bearers for a cleaner appearance.

Installation considerations 

Consider a few key factors when installing your bullnose composite decking. 

First, ensure that your substructure is properly built to support the decking and meets local building codes. Pay special attention to the board spacing, as composite materials can expand and contract with temperature changes. 

For a seamless look, consider using hidden fastening systems that attach through the side of the board rather than the top.

Remember — for optimal performance, always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation.

Assured Composite bullnose boards

At Assured Composite, we stock a wide range of bullnose decking boards to suit every style and budget. Choose from our affordable premier range with a hollow core, our classic solid-core boards for added strength, or our superior and elite collections with a fully protective capping.

All our bullnose boards are available in a variety of natural wood tones including warm Cedar, rich Teak, rustic Antique and contemporary grey shades. With such a diverse selection, you’re sure to find the perfect colour to complement your outdoor space. 

We deliver our composite decking nationwide, so whether you’re in London, Manchester, Birmingham or beyond, we’ve got you covered.Ready to get started? Visit our website to order free samples, use our decking calculator for an instant quote, or speak to our friendly team for expert advice.