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Could timber decking become a thing of the past?

Composite vs timber decking

The improvement in composite decking over the last few years and the trend of sociable outdoor spaces has sparked a shift in the decking market. With many brands now able to boast anti-slip and anti-mould properties, composite decking is becoming a more popular choice with commercial properties and homeowners.

With a bigger focus on low-maintenance gardens and outdoor spaces, is traditional timber decking under threat?

Prioritising maintenance and safety

Elliotts Timber Products Manager, Bob Tee, suggests, “Customers are going for composite over traditional wood because it requires so little maintenance once installed, has very good slip resistance, and looks good for many years.”

Bob continues, “Wooden decks really need treating annually to keep them in good condition.”

With an improved safety aspect, commercial and residential projects alike are beginning to turn to composite decking brands, like Millboard and Trex, to create a worry-free outdoor space.

“Several of our (composite decking) contracts are for commercial premises- due to its high non-slip qualities, but also lots of developers and householders appreciate its 'kerb appeal', especially on coastal properties”, says Bob.

British made Millboard boasts one of the highest anti-slip ratings, having been inspired by shoe soles. Both Millboard and American-owned Trex are also resistant to rot, mould, scratching and fading, unlike normal timber decking.

Is composite environmentally responsible?

With a global emphasis on environmental responsibility, composite decking brands are committed to creating green and environmentally friendly products.

  • Trex deck boards and made of 95% recycled materials, saving over 180 million kilos of plastic and timber scrap from landfills every year.
  • Millboard follows suit, boasting of a CO2 footprint that matches that of a kilo of bananas.
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The future?

Companies like Millboard and Trex go to great lengths to produce composite that could be mistaken for real wood, although they will never truly replicate the feel of timber.


With a demand for low-maintenance outdoor spaces and an ever-growing composite decking market, is it possible that timber decking could become a thing of the past?

Bob comments, "Whilst there is a huge demand for composite decking, there’s still a lot of love for real wood. Although composite companies have done well to create a timber look, nothing quite matches the authenticity of the real thing and we see a lot of self-build and renovation projects still using timber."

Where can I buy composite and timber decking?

We stock Millboard at all branches (with the exception of Chandler's Ford) and can deliver direct to site or your home address. Trex is available from our Totton branch.

Timber decking boards are available from all branches in smooth, grooved and reeded styles.

Need some decking inspiration?

Head to one of our landscaping displays at Fareham, Ringwood, Romsey, Southampton, Tadley or Totton.

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