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How to Choose Composite Decking

So, your planning to build your very own composite deck - Or perhaps you want to do an upgrade of your existing patio area. Whatever the reason, you will need to choose the correct composite decking materials for the job.

There are lots of composite decking materials available to you. If you’re deciding to choose what to use, you may feel lost! However, finding the right one for you shouldn’t be that difficult. Instead of going through all of the possible options, you can consider some of these steps below to assist you.

How much do you want to spend?

Initial kick-off cost of composite decking is not cheap. Because of this, you may want to consider your budget. The installation process, colour and design, textures, grain patterns and plastic-to-wood percentage are some factors that can affect the price of the boards. You will want to find a good balance between design, affordability, and ease of install. You can also wait for some discounts and promotions to save some more money.

Composite Decking Brand

There are many brands of composite decking available to you. When choosing the one for you, you may need to research their products. But in general, most popular brands are “tried-and-tested” and are great choices for your next flooring project.

Installing your decking

When it comes to installation, boards have spaces in the edges that makes it possible to use decking clips. These clips make it possible to put together the patio.

Colour and Design

Other than the ease of maintenance, some people choose composite decking due to its wood-like look. If you are one that cares about the looks, you’ll want to find composite decking as realistic as real wood looks. Manufacturers also grain the boards to give it the feeling an authentic wood feeling. Aside from the wood-like feature of the composites, you’ll also want to consider the colour and shade that matches your house exterior.

Wet Patio

Composite decking has a groove side so this makes it anti-slip when wet. Therefore, you may want to consider the location of the patio that you’ll be putting together when getting the materials. Will you be building it besides a pool? If so, it’s best to use groove composite decking that increases friction for fewer chances of slips. If not, you can use a smooth-textured material without the safety concern.

Getting some extras

Some decking extras that you can add are pergolas and balustrades. These must go well with the design, type and colour of the decking materials that you’ll be choosing.

Building Regulations

One of the most key things to consider before buying composite decking is your local building codes. Depending on where you live, there might be restrictions or regulation of materials used for decking. For this, you will need to check on your local buildings inspectors office on what types of decking boards that you can use.

So, remember for all your composite decking requirements please contact the team at Assured Composite® on 01664 400 140 or email us on info@assuredcomposite.com.

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