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.

1First Generation Composite Decking

 

As we describe on our site, the value board is among the most common and oldest generation that is available for purchase here in the UK. The value range is our entry-level composite decking solution which offers all the composite decking benefits versus timber.

Ultra Decking’s value range comes in many different sizes. The rule of thumb seems to be that the deeper and wider composite decking boards, the better, which isn’t always true. More important is the depth and thickness of the sidewalls and core of a square or rectangular hollow structure. The deeper and wider the core, the stronger and more durable the structure will be.

Pros

  • Grooved Wood Finish
  • Anti-Slip
  • Doesn’t Rot, Warp or Splinter
  • Low Maintenance (when compared to wood)
  • 2-4% water absorption (depending on suppliers)
  • Can Be Cheap – Entry Level Composite Decking Product

Cons

  • Fading through its lifespan (Needs more upkeep to keep the colour)
  • If not maintained at least twice a season, could get mould spots.
  • Can Scratch (Due to the anti-slip treatment)
  • Not Suitable for Heavy Weights like Hot Tubs or High Traffic Decks due to the Square Hollow Core.

2First Generation Print Wood Grain Texture

It is worth noting that when purchasing a wood grain composite decking board, there are two types available: one is a print on wood grain and the second, which is the most recent, is a deep embossed wood grain. The latter is manufactured into the board and not printed onto the board’s surface.

 The key question is, why does this matter to you when purchasing? 

The answer is the weathering process. The first generation board and deep embossed wood grain are traditional composite decking solutions made from wood fibres. All traditional composite decking will go through a weathering process. In layman’s terms, it will fade. As the wood grain is printed onto the wood fibre surface, it will cause the wood grain to fade along with the colour

Pros

  • Grooved Wood Finish
  • Anti-Slip
  • Doesn’t Rot, Warp or Splinter
  • Low Maintenance (when compared to wood)
  • 2-4% water absorption (depending on suppliers
  • 2-4% water absorption (depending on suppliers

Cons

  • Fading through its lifespan (Needs more upkeep to keep the colour)
  • If not maintained at least twice a season, it could get mould spots.
  • Can Scratch (Due to anti-slip treatment)
  • Not Suitable for Heavy Weights like Hot Tubs or High Traffic Decks due to Square Hollow Core

3Deep Embossed Wood Grain

This is a deep embossed wood grain using the latest improvements to first-generation composite decking.

The wood grain is manufactured into the board, keeping its wood grain appearance throughout its lifespan. The latest first-generation composite decking has also improved UV resistance, meaning the board will still go through a weathering process but will stabilise after the first three months.

Simply ask your supplier or fitter, and if you are unsure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for free help and advice. You can also run a homemade test in which you submerge the decking samples you receive into hot soapy water for 24 hours. The poorer quality product will peel or discolour on the surface or the side grooves

 

Pros

  • Natural Wood Finish
  • Anti-Slip
  • Doesn’t Rot, Warp or Splinter
  • Low Maintenance (when compared to wood)
  • 2-4% water absorption (depending on suppliers)
  • Stable Colour after 3 months (less maintenance)
  • Scratch-resistant due to manufacturing process
  • Ultra Structural Strength with Circle Hollow Core

Cons

  • Fades (Not as fast as previous boards)
  • If not maintained at least once a season, it could get mould spots.

4Second Generation Composite Decking

Ultra Platinum Range is a second-generation composite decking board. It is also described as capped or shielded co-extrusion composite decking. This means the board has an all-around protective shield and does not experience the same weathering process as the first generation composite decking board described above. In short, a shielded or capped co-extrusion board is UV resistant.

The co-extrusion composite decking boards will not stain due to the capping and are resistant to mould and mildew. A composite decking board with the latest capped or shielded co-extrusion technology will be more durable and stronger and, in most cases, will come with a 25-year warranty. One way to visually confirm if a board has the latest shielded or capped technology is by the thin layer of capping surrounding the entire composite decking board.

Pros

  • Natural Wood Grain Finish on Ultra Platinum Range
  • Anti-Slip
  • Doesn’t Rot, Warp, Splinter or Crack
  • Ultra Low Maintenance
  • 0.05% water absorption (depending on suppliers) if composite decking board has the latest capped or co-extrusion
  • Fade Resistant
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Mould Resistant
  • Stain Resistant**
  • Ultra Structural Strength with circle hollow core

Cons

  • Sounds too good to be true

One problem with early co-extrusion composite decking boards was that the capped shield appeared to look like plastic rather than mimic the beauty and aesthetics of wood. Ultra Decking’s new natural platinum line has resolved this and manufactured a wide array of composite decking boards that appear exactly like a wooden deck with truly ultra-low maintenance, leaving you to enjoy your composite decking for decades to come

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