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Composite Decking FAQ: 15 Questions Answered

If you’re considering composite decking for your home, you may have some questions. Here, we answer 15 of the most common questions about composite decking.

1) Is composite decking slippery?

Composite decking is made to be slip-resistant, and it has a textured surface that is easy to grip. It is also splinter-free, making it safe for bare feet.

However, composite decking can become slippery when wet, so it’s important to take precautions when using it in areas where there is a lot of moisture.

If you’re worried about slippery decking, you can always choose a material with a rougher surface.

Some composite decking is also made to be slip-resistant when wet, so it’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using it in areas where there is a lot of moisture.

2) Does composite decking fade?

Composite decking is made to be fade-resistant, and it will not fade over time. However, it is important to note that composite decking can become stained by dirt, debris, and other materials.

Composite decking is an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking for a durable and low-maintenance material.

3) Does composite decking get hot?

Composite decking is made to be heat-resistant, high-quality modern composite decking boards don’t become hotter than traditional wooden deck boards. It is also worth considering that darker colours generally get hotter than lighter colours in direct sunlight, so if you are concerned about the surface temperature of your decking you may wish to consider a lighter colour composite decking board.

4) Can I paint composite decking?

The simple answer is yes, you can paint composite decking. However, it is important to note that the paint may not adhere well to the surface and it may not last as long as you would like, this is due to the composite material being less porous than wood.

It is also important to note that painting composite decking will void any warranty that you have on the material.

If you’re considering painting your composite decking, it’s important to consult with a professional before you begin.

Composite decking boards are available in a wide range of colours so repainting them shouldn’t be required unless, of course, you wanted to change the colour at a later date.

5) Can composite decking be stained?

In a similar way to painting your composite decking, applying a decking stain isn’t advisable, and it will likely void any warranty that you have.

Composite decking is made to be resistant to staining, and as a result, it won’t absorb the decking stain as wood does.

Other unintentional spillages such as red wine, sauces from BBQ food, etc.. should be cleaned off as soon as possible to keep your decking looking in tip-top condition.

6) Does composite decking scratch?

Composite decking is made to be resistant to scratching, and it won’t show scratches as easily as wood does. Composite decking boards are much more durable and hardwearing than timber and scratches, dints and scuffs are less common.

However, it’s important to note that composite decking can still be damaged by sharp objects, so it’s important to take care when using knives or other sharp tools near your decking.

To avoid scratching your composite decking, use furniture pads or coasters on any outdoor furniture.

7) Does composite decking expand?

Composite decking is made to be resistant to expanding and contracting, however it is important to note that extreme changes in temperature can cause the material to expand or contract slightly.

8) Does composite decking warp?

Although highly unlikely with modern composite decking boards, warping can occur whilst the boards are subjected to excessively high temperatures. The UK weather and temperatures during the summertime are usually too low to warp composite decking boards.

As with all materials, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing composite decking.

Warping is not a common issue with composite decking boards but can occur if they are not installed correctly.

To avoid warping, make sure the boards are properly supported and evenly spaced out, and securely fixed down while they are being installed.

If you have any concerns about warping, it’s best to consult with a professional before you begin.

9) Can composite decking be cut?

Yes, composite decking can be cut just like wood. However, it is important to use the correct blade to avoid damaging the material.

It’s also worth noting that cutting composite decking boards will likely void any warranty that you have.

If you’re unsure about what blade to use or how to cut composite decking boards, it’s best to consult with a professional before you begin.

To avoid damaging your composite decking boards, use a saw blade that is specifically designed for cutting composite material.

Be sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves and a dust mask, when cutting composite decking boards.

10) Can composite decking be screwed down?

Yes, composite decking can be screwed down, but it is important to use the correct type of screw to avoid damaging the material.

To avoid damaging your composite decking boards, use screws that are specifically designed for composite decking.

Be sure to predrill holes for the screws to avoid splitting the material.

It’s also important to countersink the screws so that they are flush with the surface of the decking boards.

For a more modern look to your decking, there are also hidden fixings specifically designed to be used with composite decking boards.

11) Can composite decking hold a hot tub?

Composite decking boards are perfect for use around garden pools and hot tubs as they are water-resistant, water won’t soak into the surface of the boards, unlike timber boards which can rot when they get wet.

Hot Tubs are heavy when filled with water so it is important to make sure the subframe/structure underneath your composite decking boards is designed and built with this in mind.

12) Can composite decking be power washed?

Yes, composite decking can be power washed just like any other type of outdoor surface. Power washing is one of the best ways to clean your composite decking provided you do it properly.

To avoid damaging your composite decking boards, use a pressure washer with a fan tip attachment and set the pressure to low or medium.

Be sure to hold the nozzle at least 12 inches away from the surface of the boards while you are power washing.

13) Can composite decking be put directly on the ground?

Composite decking boards can be put directly on the ground but it is not recommended as they are not designed to be used this way.

If you do choose to put composite decking boards on the ground, make sure they are level and even.

14) Will composite decking rot?

Composite decking boards will not rot like timber boards due to the composition of the materials used (a combination of recycled plastic and recycled wood).

However, it is still important to take care of your composite decking and make sure it is cleaned and maintained regularly.

15) Will composite decking burn?

Composite decking boards are made from a combination of recycled plastic and recycled wood, which makes them more resistant to fire than traditional timber decking.

However, it is still important to take care when using naked flames or BBQs near your composite decking as the material can still be damaged by heat.

Composite decking is a great alternative to traditional timber decking. In this article, we have answered the 15 most common questions people ask before buying composite decking boards. If you are interested in making a purchase please browse through our composite decking board products and buy online today.

If you have any further questions not covered in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team, who would be happy to help.

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