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Composite v hardwood decking?

Was wondering if anyone's ever used composite decking as a material? Working on a modern garden at the minute were we're looking for a dark wood or decking material to tie in with the walnut furniture inside the house.

I've used Iroko decking before which looked great, but I can't recall what it cost per m2 and wondered how it might compare cost wise to composite material?

Lastly is the composite really a lot better than wood in the respect of maintenance, and doesn't split, fade, splinter and the like?

Anyone help?

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  • Hi Tracy

    I wrote a blog about composite decking, http://www.yell.com/gardens/blog/decking/

    Click on the ad to the right titled Garden Decking and speak to Karl Harrison, he will give you all the info you need.

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    You should speak to Kark. See http://www.landscapejuicenetwork.com/profile/KarlHarrison?xg_source...

  • Who's Kark?!!!

    Graeme @ BGS said:

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    Kerrie John said:

    Who's Kark?!!!

    Graeme @ BGS said:

    Flipping finger trouble and small key board!! :-)

  • Cheers guys, will give Karl a shout. Ta. Tracy
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    £1.55 per meter . plus vat . Wood , pressure treated 20yr guarantee 5" wide and can be used either side , but top is best for deck.

    i also can supply this locally or nationally depending on area/ delivery and quantity.
  • Hi Robin - is that composite decking or something else you're pricing?
  • Megawood is a hollow composite deck board. You need to be very careful with hollow composites. There is a reason why the USA no longer make hollow decking and the also the largest composite decking manufacturer in Europe no longer makes hollow decking.
    I could go on and on about the benefits of SOLID composite decking SCREWED (do not use hidden fixings!) but I would be typing away all day!
    We have been making solid composite decking here in the UK (everyone else imports) for nearly 8 years.
    So we use UK sourced materials. Our decking is 95% recycled hardwood/hdpe, is 100% recyclable. We make to length, buy back off cuts etc etc. Please visit our website for more information.
    There is a very good reason why Ecodek has been chosen to cover 3900m2 of the Olympic Stadium!
    Alex (founder and creator of Ecodek)

    Janine Pattison said:
    We recently installed a small deck using Megawood, a composite deck board. Its been down a month now and the clients are delighted with it. I'm interested to see how it performs in the longer term.
  • Because composite decking is a 'solid' product with no voids etc, any trees sap and other such substances that will land on the decking cannot actually get into the decking so they cannot attach themsleves in the same way as they would on a wooden deck. For that reason, composite decking is very easy to keep clean, a jetwash as and when required will have it looking as good as new and will maintain the slip resistance properties. Hope that helps?

    Gaynor Witchard said:
    I have a client that wants decking in a heavily shaded woodland area of the garden which is overhung by several oaks. It will get very slippery when wet but I've used a Cuprinol product on my own decking that is pretty good, although it's expensive and needs to be done every few months.

    My initial response to the client is a 'no'. But what about composite decking - is this an alternative?

    I admit to being green about products - it's a subject I really need to start keeping up with!
  • Would anyone who would like a sample pack, please send an email to: enquiries@ecodek.co.uk stating who you are/what you do and where you would like the samples sending please.
    All other information (except prices) is available from the website.
    A price list will be sent out with the sample packs or emailed direct.
    Our composite decking is approx £35+vat /m2.
    And we will make to any length for no extra charge (up to 6m) this saves you paying for excess material.
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