Evolution of Composite Decking

Composite decking is growing more and more popular throughout the years. It is now seen as more than an alternative to timber decking, but as a choice altogether, due to its manufacturing advances. Homeowners who are looking to renovate their garden choose it for its increasing high-quality colours and patterns, its long lifespan and low maintenance.

Composite decking was first introduced in the late 80s as an alternative to wood boards, and has been improved since, until it’s durability and aesthetics are enough to convince homeowners to settle for wood-plastic composites. Now with its popularity, sales are expected to grow about 5% per year in the next decade.

But more than its new colours, wooden-patterns and textures, that makes composite decks look as striking as traditional wood decking, while being stain proof, durable and easy to clean, new technologies are what really appeal to homeowners.

During summer, it is one of the main buyer concerns that their patio area, left under the blazing sun all day, will absorb too much heat and become to hot to walk on for children, pets and even adults. While this issue is mostly addressed to dark-coloured decking as it absorbs sunlight and heat up as it is denser than traditional wood, all decks can potentially feel uncomfortably hot during summer. Composite decks can now be made to absorb up to 35% less sunlight and heat from the sun than conventional capped composites deck board, even in dark colours. This way the deck is noticeably cooler under your feet.

As the demand for composite decking grew, so did the demand for new colours and patterns to accommodate to any house design.  Nowadays manufactures constantly improve and design new aesthetics and textures to composite boards with new vibrant colours, gorgeous visual patterns and new exotic woods simile. These new options are giving more room for homeowners to link their interior to the exterior and to make the deck a house extension.

Composite decking is today a popular investment to redesign and improve your garden architecture.

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