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Composite Decking: A complete guide

Installing decking is a great way to create a space in your garden that can be used for a wide range of different purposes.

Whether you opt for freestanding decking or decking that is attached property, composite decking could be the perfect option for you.


The rise of composite decking

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.


Why choose composite decking?

Many people choose composite decking as it requires little maintenance once it has been installed. It also has great slip resistance and will look good for many years.

With an improved safety aspect, many commercial and residential projects are starting to turn to composite decking brands such as Millboard and Trex to create a worry-free outdoor space.

Composite decking vs timber decking  

When searching for the perfect decking, it’s important that you understand the difference between composite decking and 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 annually maintain a wood deck then timber decking is a great option.


Is composite decking bad for the environment?

Timber decking is much more natural than composite decking. However, with many of us looking for more sustainable materials and ways of life, composite decking brands are committed to creating green and environmentally friendly products.

Trex deck boards, for example, are made from 95% recycled materials, saving over 180 million kilos of plastic and timber scrap from landfills every year. Meanwhile, Millboard boasts a CO2 footprint that matches a kilo of bananas!



Millboard composite decking 

Designed and made in Great Britain, Millboard decking is a composite decking solution. This is a low-maintenance, high-performance and wood-free alternative to timber decking is inspired by non-slip sole shoes.  

Made with a unique surface material, the boards boast the highest possible anti-slip rating, even in wet conditions. And, thanks to the use of a wood-free resin composite, Millboard is resistant to heat, cold, and the sun, come rain or shine.  


What is Millboard made of? 

Millboard is a Polymer Composite, also known as FRP. The core materials used to make Millboard are polymer-based resin and a variety of different fibres, including glass, carbon, and natural fibres for reinforcement. The top layer is made from Lastane – a stain and scratch-resistant coating that provides durability in all conditions.  

Swatch of different composite decking styles and colours


What are the benefits of Millboard over timber decking? 

One of the main benefits of choosing Millboard is that you will be able to enjoy the aesthetic appeal that comes hand in hand with natural timber, but with less maintenance.  

Millboard is solid and does not expand or contract, rot or warp like wood. It is also splinter-free, easier to install than timber decking, and coated in Lastane, meaning it is highly resilient against stains and scratching, and able to withstand the elements.  


Want to know more about Millboard? Check out our 14 most popular questions about Millboard.

Millboard in Brushed Basalt


Where can I buy composite decking?

We have Millboard composite decking available to buy online, and from most of our branches. But you don’t have to come to us, we can deliver your decking to your site or home address. If you’re looking for Trex composite decking, you’ll find it at our Totton branch.

Timber decking boards are also available to buy online and from all of our branches, in smooth, grooved, and reeded styles.

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