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Composite decking vs timber decking

Could timber decking become a thing of the past?

Composite decking has improved and become much more sophisticated in recent years. So much so that you’d probably have a hard time telling a timber deck from a composite one.

And with a bigger focus on low-maintenance gardens and outdoor spaces, composite decking is becoming a more popular choice.

But could composite decking really mark the end of traditional wood decking?

Why choose composite decking?

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

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.

How safe is composite decking?


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 decking bad for the environment?

Timber decking is much more natural than composite decking.


But 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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What is Millboard composite decking made from?

The structural core of Millboard is a blend of natural minerals bonded in a polymer resin with long fibre reinforcement for added strength.

The top layer of Millboard is Lastane, which resists scratches and stains and is designed to withstand demanding outdoor environments.

Which is better – composite decking or timber decking?

If you’re looking to create a low-maintenance deck suitable for family members of all ages, composite decking is likely to be more suitable for you.

Composite decking has great safety features and requires very little maintenance. There’s no need to get the sanders and treatments out each year.

But timber decking is great for those on a budget. Composite is a pricier option, so if you’re happy to maintain a wood deck then timber decking is a great option.

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 ChristchurchFareham, Ringwood, Romsey, Southampton, Tadley or Totton.

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