With summer well and truly here, a lot of people are working on updating their outdoor areas.
Timber decking is always a favourite for alfresco and pool areas, but many people are wary of the maintenance associated with a natural product being used outdoors.
Luckily there are a range of composite and timber look products now available on the market that can offer the look, without risk.
Here are pros and cons for some of the different products out there...
Composite & Tile Con
- Unnatural texture and grain - Although the Millboard Weathered Oak range is quite realistic!
- They can get hot when directly exposed to the sun
- Some timber look tiles can bow due to the length and narrow width of the tile
- If damaged or scratched it cannot be sanded back to rectify
Composite & Tile Pro
- Quicker and sometimes easier to install as there is no oiling/staining required
- No maintenance...obviously
- Generally speaking there would not be additional costs for choosing a particular colour out of a composite range, unlike natural timber which can vary in price depending on species
- Some composite are eco friendly as they are made using recycled wood, plus no trees have not been chopped down in order to produce
- If installing a decking in a bushfire zone, Modwood is BAL 40 rated!
- Resistance to rot and insect infestation
- On going regular maintenance required
- Even with ongoing maintenance timber is prone to weathering easily especially is exposed to the elements. It will likely still need to be replaced every few years.
- Can look tired if not maintained properly
- Can look nicer than a composite due to better variety in timber grains
- Can be stained or painted any colour you like to achieve the look you are after
- Accoya is maintenance free and has a 50 year warranty, better than any composite
- Some timbers have a natural resistance to fire
- Can be sanded if it is scratched or damaged. This also means you can update your look at any time by sanding it and re-staining or painting in a different colour