With the recent increase of availability of different types of timber decking and composite decking, weighing up the pros and cons of each type of decking  options can be beneficial prior to making any purchasing decisions.

Softwood Timber Decking

Our softwood decking is made from Vths Grade European Redwood, treated with Tanalith E. We can offer a variety of size boards, along with a grooved or smooth profile. Our grey bauxite anti-slip inserts are already factory applied for your safety and convenience

Pros

  • Relatively Inexpensive
  • Readily available
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Sustainable – FSC® Timber available on request
  • Can be made anti-slip
  • Can be stained 
  • Easy to install
  • Life expectancy of 15 years
  • Looks natural 
  • Preservative treated

Cons

  • Will need regular cleaning/maintenance
  • Will fade to a natural grey colour without staining
  • Will need a stronger supporting structure
  • Contains knots

Hardwood Decking

We are able to offer hardwood decking in a variety of species and board sizes.  Examples of species include Balau, Ekki, Iroko, Oak and Cumaru. We can apply the same grey bauxite anti-slip inserts into the hardwood boards.

Pros

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Sustainable – FSC® Timber available on request
  • Can be made anti-slip
  • Lots of choice of hardwoods species
  • Easy to install
  • Structurally Strong
  • Life expectancy 20 years plus ( depending on hardwood species)
  • Looks natural

Cons

  • Will need regular cleaning/maintenance
  • More expensive than softwood
  • Can warp

Composite Decking

Composite decking is relatively new to the market. Generally it is made with a mix of recycled plastic and wood residue. We offer Smartboard Composite Decking, available in 3.6m lengths and in different 3 colours, Battleship Grey, Slate Grey and Chocolate Brown. We can also supply colour coordinated screws.

Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Can be purchased in a range of colours
  • Easy to maintain
  • Gives a modern finish
  • Easy to install
  • Life expectancy 25 years

Cons

  • Less environmentally friendly
  • More expensive than softwood
  • Quality will depend on the brand purchased

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