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Shield Technology – 2

Ultra-Shield Technology is the complete 360 degrees 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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Does Composite Decking Fade?

If you are thoroughly investigating and researching composite decking, you will have no doubt come across the term “fading or fade”. Rightly so! This is by far the most common question Ultra Decking is asked by decking installers and new clients planning their new decking project. You need to be very 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, one of the most common questions asked: 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 now natural authentic wood looks with no staining and colour changes, this is something to consider if your decking area is going to be in direct sunlight.

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Early Composite Decking Issues

In this article, Ultra Decking discusses some of the bad press composite decking received some years ago. It’s fair to say that the first generation of composite decking did suffer some defects and suffered from warping and splitting. Over the past 20 years these defects have been completely resolved on with good quality composite decking. Some lower quality composite decking manufactured with low grade or cheap raw materials still suffer from warping, fade and splinters. Therefore, here at Ultra Decking we really want to educate our customers on the issues with the earliest composite decking systems and how you can spot a first generation or lower quality composite decking solutions. Below are some homemade tests you can do with first-generation or lower quality decking samples you may have ordered. Fading Modern composite decking is resistant to UV rays, although you should expect to see natural weather look after the first 12-week periods. First-generation and lower quality decking will fade at extremely fast rates. One homemade test you can perform on samples is to place them into boiling hot water, then add washing up liquid soap, keeping the water as hot as you can for the next 24 hours. When removed from the hot water, you will immediately notice with the lowest quality decking that the colour has faded. You should also check if the decking has a wide grooved surface, this too will have almost completely faded. Staining and mould The latest capped (co-extrusion) composite decking is completely resistant to stains, mould and mildew throughout its lifespan. Traditional composite decking is not completely maintenance-free and requires periodic cleaning. Simply wash down with water and a soft brush to ensure there are no issues for years to come. Warping No modern composite decking should warp, if it does this is generally down to poor installation. Too much water Capped (co-extrusion) decking has ultra-low water retention in the region of 0.85%. Modern traditional composite decks will retain water below 2%. That said, water absorption must happen, otherwise, the boards would become brittle. Tip: always cap off your decking boards with either skirting trims or the correct end cap designed for your boards. All early composite decking issues have now been resolved, maturing into a definitive replacement for regular wood or timber decking. Material and technological advancements in shielded or capped (co-extrusion) composite decking technology continue to grow as a smart choice with all the added benefits compared to regular timber decks. As a result, up to 80% of new UK decks are now built with composite decking as the advantages and benefits are so vast. With the introduction of Ultra Decking’s Signature and Platinum ranges offering the latest advanced technology here in the UK with the most natural wood appearance, the industry has on offer. Your choice made simple.

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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, texture of the new natural line rivals 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 of beyond 25 years when comparing that 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 advantage and benefits of composite decking:

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Grooved Or Ungrooved Boards

Now you have decided on your composite decking product, colour and size of board you require, your next question may be grooved or ungrooved finish. The Differences between Grooved and Ungrooved Boards

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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 and continues its growth year on year, making it a sort after product, especially in peak season. Grey composite decking is offered by all composite decking provided in the first and second-generation composite decking below we have listed grey colours offer within the sector and the fade rate in which you can expect if your choosing either 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 allow them to make an informed choice on what composite decking bests suit their needs and the type of composite decking project being undertaken. By visiting our “Complete Guide” pages that is exactly what we have provided. 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 and decision that best meets your needs and is tailored to suit your new composite decking project.Composite decking has gone through many changes over the past 20 years and there are many different types of first and second generation composite decking available. To answer what is the best composite decking, first we will briefly explore the different types of composite decking. To make this as simple as possible, we have detailed this with quick and easy bullet points.

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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 for 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 Costs As you can see from the table above composite decking is not only more intelligent, durable and ultra-low maintenance with minimal colour change on first generation and near to none on second generation its also hugely more cost affect 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 manufacturer all our boards you can choose a made to order length, colour and core design. This a custom-made product and 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 feel 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 polyethylene) & 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 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 (link product platinum) of regular maintenance, warping, splinters or cracking

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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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