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Does Composite Decking Fade?

 If you are thoroughly investigating and researching composite decking, you will undoubtedly come across the term “fading or fade”. Rightly so! This is by far the most common question Ultra Decking asked by decking installers and new clients planning their new decking project.You need to be careful with low-quality cheap imitations claiming that their composite decking boards will not fade or bleach under the sun. If you are provided with this type of advice during the purchase of composite decking, you may want to question the integrity of that advice 

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Does Composite Decking Get Hot?

During your research on composite decking, you may have come across some common questions asked about composite decking boards during the summer months. Does composite decking get too hot? Or how hot can composite decking get?With the rise of composite decking popularity, due to the ultra-low maintenance lifestyle and boards that offer a natural authentic wood appearance, no annual staining or painting with minimal colour changes. You need to consider if your decking area is going to be in direct sunlight.If you want a decking area that does not heat up fast or you live in a place where it is often hot, make sure that you get heat-resistant materials. Many composites today have higher heat resistance and can be used to make decking for warmer climates.Choose the right colour. Opt for light light-coloured composite decking boards with a hollow core for a cooler decking area. Try to avoid dark-coloured composite decking, regardless of material.That said, here in the UK where the weather is cool with much less sun, you can install dark composite decking boards outdoors. The composite decking boards can even keep your feet warm while relaxing outdoors.Black Black or charcoal composite decking tends to absorb heat from the sun, making the composite decking hot. This composite decking colour is suitable for homeowners living in a region with less sunlight. Dark coloured composite decking boards are not suitable for installation outdoors in an area with a lot of sunlight.Grey Grey composite decking comes in light grey and dark grey. Homeowners can install light-coloured boards outdoors without erecting a shade over them, as these colours do not absorb heat. Light colour composite decking is suitable for installation in any region.Brown Like grey, brown composite decking comes in dark and light colours. The light colour is good for use anywhere and will not get too hot in the sun. Meanwhile, the dark brown composite decking board similar to black will get hot in the sun, making it suitable in areas with less sunlight.If you plan to erect a structure over your composite decking to protect it from direct sunlight, you can install any composite decking colour of your choice.Go With Light-Coloured Furniture It adds heat to the decking area if your furniture is dark-coloured. To keep the deck cooler, try to use light-coloured furniture. If you have couches, use a sofa cover. You may also want to go with light and bright colours for cushions. Use tablecloths to cover your dark-coloured tables and blend with light-coloured carpets and rugs. Not only will these keep the boards from getting hot too fast, but they can also help you walk on them if the decking gets too hot underfoot.Create Shades Installing some shades is another practical way to keep your decking cool. You can buy umbrellas and parasols to lessen the amount of sunlight your decking receives.If you have already installed dark composite decking boards in your garden, erecting a structure over your composite decking will be a barrier between the composite decking and the sun. It will help the decking surface to remain cool, even in the summer.Use light-coloured fabrics and hang them above the decking using posts and strings. Furthermore, you can also follow online guides on making DIY covers and shades. If you have the budget, invest in a pergola.Use a Fan Consider using fans to keep your decking area cooler. They are cheap and easy to use. Aside from traditional fans, you can also get misting fans. These are specially designed fans for decks and patios. These fans spray water along with the air, effectively cooling your decking.Limit Cooking Activities Another reason your patio space can get hot is because of cooking. No doubt that you will be doing barbecue parties in your garden. To lessen the heat on your decking, make sure to limit your cooking time. If possible, you can also move the grill or any other cooking equipment away from your decking.Conclusion We now know that any decking will get hot, regardless of your material. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your decking cool, even on the hottest summer days. To keep your decking cool, choose light colours to reduce heat absorption and shades to block out the sun.

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Early Composite Decking Issues

  

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Benefits Of Composite Decking

In the past decade, composite decking has made big strides in the industry with the look and feel of the material. We understand that some customers' concern was achieving a real wood appearance. With the introduction of Ultra Decking’s new natural Signature range, these concerns are quickly eradicated.Order a sample to see the quality, finish and beauty of Ultra Deckings Exclusive and Signature range for yourself.There is no question if customers like it, they love it. The colour and texture of the new natural line rival some of the best exotic woods that will retain its beauty and appearance for many years.The key reasons that customers are switching to a composite deck are little or no maintenance, anti-slip resistance and a long product life that is green, sustainable and friendlier to our environment.Its long-life span is a testament to the quality and the leaps in technology that composite decking has undertaken since its first introduction in the mid to late 1990s. A quality composite decking offers a lifespan beyond 25 years when compared to wood’s lifespan of 8 to 12 years. It’s easy to see why composite has become so popular.The choices for Composite decking have been further transformed with the introduction of shielded or capped (co-extrusion) composite decking. Capped composite decking acts as a shield or barrier around the decking boards centre or honeycomb core. The term “shield” means exactly that, each decking board has a capped or shield surrounding the entire board which offers protection from mother nature’s harshest elements increasing the life span of your new deck. The shield also offers protection from mould, mildew, spills, stains and UV fading. The 10 main advantages and benefits of composite decking:

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Grooved Or Ungrooved Boards

Now that you have decided on your composite decking product, colour and size of boards you require, your next question may be grooved or ungrooved finish.The Differences between Grooved and Ungrooved BoardsIf you want to purchase a composite decking board, you will have to select either a grooved or ungrooved board for a clean finish. Homeowners new to installing composite boards might not know which decking types will give a clean finish. What is the difference between the two decking designs? That's what we will let you understand

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Common Customer Questions Answered

We’ve trolled the internet and found the most common FAQs that people ask about Composite Decking. Find below the answers to questions people regularly ask about.

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Grey Composite Decking

Grey composite decking is the fastest-selling composite decking colour in the sector. It continues its growth year on year, making it a sought after product, especially in peak season.All composite decking comes in grey colour, including the first and second-generation composite decking. Below, we have listed grey colours associated with deck boards and the fade rate, which you can expect if you choose first or second-generation composite decking 

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Knowing The Different Genaration Types Of Composite Decking

It is worth noting that not all composite decking boards are created equally.If you’ve been considering and researching the available decking options, you will no doubt come across wood, composite (traditional) and co-extrusion composite decking, often referred to as capped or shielded decking.Ultra-Decking has performed extensive research and development into fine-tuning the manufacturing process of our Signature, Exclusive, Premier and Home Choice range of composite decking boards. Research and development is taken with a view to achieving the most authentic and aesthetically pleasing wood-looking grain appearance that is also extremely strong and durable.On this page, we review the industry terms Traditional Composite decking and capped or co-extrusion composite decking. We look at the pros and cons of all the different generations of composite decking to help provide you with more knowledge to help you make the best-informed choice of what type of decking is best for you.Please note there are many different types of composite decking surface textures and designs. For more knowledge, please visit our knowledge section on “what is the best composite decking” which helps to explain in more detail the different types of composite decking currently sold here in the UK and globally.

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Shield Technology

Ultra-Shield Technology is the complete 360 degree shielded protection for our Signature range of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking boards. Signature composite decking boards resist UV fading, staining, mould and mildew to offer a longer life span of 25 years and beyond. The new surface texture with its natural wood grain finish (link to signature previous Signature) must simply be viewed to see its true beauty and natural appearance. The new Signature range has been described by customers as fabulous indoor flooring with all the benefits of outdoor protection.

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Composite Decking Boards

At Ultra Decking, we believe in providing customers with all available knowledge to help them make an informed choice on the type of composite decking that best suits their needs or decking projects being undertaken. By visiting our “Complete Guide” page, that is exactly what we will get. Should Ultra Decking not stock the type of Composite Decking to suit your needs, you will be armed with the correct information and knowledge to make the best choice. Composite decking has gone through many changes over the past 20 years. There are many different types of first and second-generation composite decking available.What is the best composite decking? To answer this, first, we will briefly explore the different types of composite decking. We have detailed this with quick and easy bullet points to make this as simple as possible.

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Cost Of Composite Decking

How much is composite decking versus wood Purchasing Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking is a higher upfront investment when compared to the cost of softwood timber decking solutions. However, during the lifespan of WPC composite decking, when compared to the cost of ongoing maintenance and yearly upkeep of painting and staining, choosing a composite decking solution is a no-brainer since a composite deck is not only more economical, it saves a lot more time due to the minimal maintenance required. The overall life span of composite decking can reach beyond 35 years if maintained correctly; most suppliers and manufacturers offer a 10-25 year warranty depending on which generation of composite decking and its core profile. Below we will look at like like the cost of generations, so you can early work out the costs and which decking solution is best for your needs; these costs have been working out on an average deck installation of 25 square metres. Maintenance CostsAs you can see from the table above, composite decking is not only more intelligent, durable and ultra-low maintenance with minimal colour change in the first generation and near to none in the second generation, but it also is hugely more cost-effective throughout its life span and most importantly saves time so you can enjoy your ultra-low maintenance decking & garden.Now, if we are being realistic, some people may be thinking I’ll just do little or no maintenance on my softwood wood decking and save the costs that way; let’s review this option below.

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Composite Decking Colours

Ultra decking offers a wide range of colours as we manufacture all our boards, you can choose a made-to-order length, colour and core design. Since it is a custom-made product, it will take more time to arrive.

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What is Composite Decking

Wood Plastic Composite decking is the fastest-growing decking solution on the market today. It offers an authentic wood appearance and feels without the drawbacks of regular maintenance that comes with timber or wooden decking solutions. How it’s made Composite decking is an engineered decking board made up of 60% wood fibres, 30% (high-density polyethene) & 10% additives (bonding agents). Wood fibres can be sawdust or wood chips, and all HPE plastics used in the manufacturing process are made up of recycled plastic materials, wasteland milk bottles and much more, therefore helping to reduce waste and improve the environment.The wood fibres, plastics and bonding agents are mixed and heated to be made into board-length shapes. The boards are further pressed with a wood grain or grooved lines onto the surface and then cooled.After the bonding and shaping process depending on the manufacturing quality required, each individual board is brushed, sanded and treated. The end result is the creation of a wood plastic composite decking board (WPC Decking) that looks and feels like authentic wood without the drawbacks of regular maintenance, staining or sealing.

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What Is The Best Composite Decking

After Learning all about the different types of composite decking boards you may now be considering what is the best composite decking for your project. Here at Ultra-Decking, we like to be open and honest regarding the type of composite decking best suited to your project and personal requirements.When choosing composite decking boards there are many aspects of your project you need to consider. Such as budget, maintenance, quality, fade, slip resistance, the project installation area and its surroundings. To help you further and guide you in the right direction of which decking boards to consider when purchasing, we have detailed below what we believe are the best composite decking boards to use depending on your personal requirements.The wood fibres, plastics and bonding agents are mixed and heated to be made into board length shapes. The boards are further pressed with a wood grain onto the surface and then cooled.After the bonding and shaping process depending on the manufacturing quality required, each individual board is brushed, sanded and treated. The end result is the creation of a wood plastic composite decking board (WPC Decking) that looks and feels like authentic wood without the drawbacks of regular maintenance, warping, splinters or cracking

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Ultra Decking’s Signature Collections Of Composite Decking

Outdoor living is one of the fastest growing residential trends here in the UK and Europe. From Edinburgh to Stockholm, London to Madrid, homeowners are replicating their interior living space outside with refrigerators, fireplaces, elaborate furnishings, lighting, Televisions and of course a luxury wood plastic composite (WPC) decking.Composite decking is taking centre stage when choosing to improve any outdoor residential or commercial decking project, it’s the experts and homeowner’s choice and it’s easy to see why with its huge benefits and advantages, it’s a no brainier and less cost over the decks lifespan when compared with its wood cousin’s decking solution.Choosing a new composite deck is a large investment for many homeowners. It can be a confusing and time-consuming process which you will want to get right the first time around.

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