Wooden Decking Alternatives

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For years, wooden decking has been the poster child for outdoor renovations and home improvement projects. Its natural aesthetic and tactile feel has appealed to homeowners for generations. However, the advent of composite decking offers a new frontier in sustainable and durable outdoor living.

We explore the many advantages of composite decking, and why it is fast becoming the go-to material for discerning homeowners and professional designers alike.

What is Composite Decking?

Before diving into the myriad of benefits, it’s crucial to understand what composite decking is. As a blend of natural wood fibres and plastic polymers, composite decking combines the best of both worlds: the look and feel of real wood with the resilience and longevity of synthetic materials. This potent mixture results in a material that withstands the elements, is easy to maintain and is pleasing to the eye.

At Allur, each 3.6m composite decking board is particularly noteworthy for its eco-conscious makeup. Each board contains 3kg of recycled plastic and 6kg of FSC® certified wood fibre. This means that not only is the wood source sustainably managed, but each board also helps in recycling plastic waste, thus giving it a new lease of life. To put the recycling efforts into perspective, every 1kg of recycled plastic is equal to 25 1L bottles. Therefore, each 3.6m board contains 75 recycled plastic bottles. 

By choosing composite decking, you’re not just making a long-term investment in your home; you’re also contributing to a more sustainable future. These are just some of the benefits of choosing composite decking. 

Durability and Robustness

Stand the Test of Time

Whereas traditional wooden decking is susceptible to various forms of damage—be it from moisture, ultraviolet rays, or pests—composite decking is engineered to last. It is highly resistant to warping, rotting, and splintering, offering an impressive lifespan that makes the initial investment worthwhile.

Safe and Slip-Resistant

Safety is another area where composite decking shines. The material’s slip-resistant properties make it ideal for poolside installations, or for areas that experience frequent rain. Additionally, unlike wooden decks that may splinter over time, composite decking offers a smoother surface that is gentler on bare feet.

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Ease of Installation and Upkeep

Quick Installation

Time is a precious commodity, and composite decking allows you to make the most of it. With boards that just need cutting down to size, installation is easy. Take a look at our step-by-step installation videos on how to install your new decking. 

Hassle-Free Maintenance

Once your deck is installed, the low-maintenance routine for composite decking is refreshingly simple. Gone are the days of laborious sanding, staining, and sealing. A periodic clean with soapy water and a brush is typically all it takes to keep your composite deck looking pristine.

The Economics of Composite Decking

While the upfront cost of composite decking might be higher than that of its wooden counterpart, it’s essential to consider the lifetime value. The reduced maintenance costs—both in terms of money and effort—make composite decking a cost-effective option in the long run. Factor in the longevity of the material, and you have a financially sound investment that adds value to your home.

Design Versatility

A Plethora of Choices

Composite decking is available in a range of colours. Our double-sided boards allow you to choose your finish. Whether you are leaning towards rustic charm or modern minimalism, you can find a composite decking option that perfectly fits your vision.

Innovation in Design

The industry has also seen significant innovations in the form of colour-matching accessories, including starter boards, fascia boards and edging strips. These advancements make it easier than ever to create a seamless, high-end look with composite decking.

Composite decking offers a multi-faceted approach to outdoor living, combining sustainability, durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic versatility. As we evolve in our understanding of environmental responsibility and sustainable living, this innovative material presents a timely and robust solution for those looking to improve their outdoor spaces.

At Allur, we understand the importance of marrying form and function, style and substance. With composite decking, we offer a product that not only elevates the aesthetic appeal of your home but also stands the test of time. Make the smart, sustainable choice for your next decking project. Choose composite decking with Allur, and step into the future of outdoor living.

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