Decking; wood or composite?

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Posted 12th May
We have a raised area of the garden, 2ft higher than the patio which we don't really use.
Planning to deck this area for seating etc. So the question is, for a DIY build, composite or real wood?
My last one a few years back was real wood, but someone mentioned composite was good as didn't have to worry about aging/rot.

All opinions from people who have seen both. Thanks
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Composite is more expensive but u never need to treat it or paint it or worry about it rotting so I would go with composite(y)
I would go composite. Done wooden about two years ago and it requires alot of maintanance.
You still have to do some (minimum) maintanance on composite, but it will last. And even though it is more expensive it will return in long term
Edited by: "Aici" 12th May
Cheers for the replies, backs up what i was thinking.
2nd do you worry about the amount of food dropping under decking?
3 kids under 5 and the kitchen looks like the set of Bugsy Malone (showing my age).
Good composite decking by far is best, however you have to take into consideration how much extra it will cost you, and how long you intend to stay at your current property.
I have both in my back garden and I still have to give my composite deck a good clean a couple of times a year and being a light grey it takes longer than I thought it might as shows up all the dirt, where as timber is more forgiving. You must treat a timber deck, and I like to use one liberal coat of decking oil, then once dryish another liberal coat of decking protector, which all adds to it's cost.40722887-F0P6a.jpgAt my mum's.40722887-CJili.jpgAt mine during construction.
How much more does composite decking costs?
Very rough guesstimate I'd say double.

Quite easily be totally wrong
u66454112/05/2020 14:35

Very rough guesstimate I'd say double. Quite easily be totally wrong


If it is double, then I think it is worth it, as I am guessing it is going to be maintenance free and will last pretty much forever? Is it as tough as normal wood to knocks and bashing?
stuartw12/05/2020 14:00

do you worry about the amount of food dropping under decking?3 kids under …do you worry about the amount of food dropping under decking?3 kids under 5 and the kitchen looks like the set of Bugsy Malone (showing my age).


You don't really need to worry about food dropping through the gaps and rotting because rats love living under decking and will soon eat it, ask any pest controller and they'll confirm this!
Edited by: "PaulandPam" 12th May
I currently have free samples from Millboard on my desk and I am very tempted by the golden oak. Not cheap but looks extremely good
I used Twinson. From memory it turned out to be about two and a quarter if not slightly more by the time you factor in all the specialist fixings.
Ironically I still ended up trimming the edges in timber as much easier.
I'm another one for composite decking, need to do ours but just time issues really. I'm looking at using trex decking which is solid rather than have holes in the middle.
Bob2460112/05/2020 18:42

I'm another one for composite decking, need to do ours but just time …I'm another one for composite decking, need to do ours but just time issues really. I'm looking at using trex decking which is solid rather than have holes in the middle.


I'm not sure on Trex decking, but if it's long and solid it will weighty. Also just to add if anyone is considering doing their own deck buy a decent impact driver, it will save you so much time and aggravation.
hubcms12/05/2020 19:12

I'm not sure on Trex decking, but if it's long and solid it will weighty. …I'm not sure on Trex decking, but if it's long and solid it will weighty. Also just to add if anyone is considering doing their own deck buy a decent impact driver, it will save you so much time and aggravation.


Yeah I was surprised how heavy it was for a small sample bit, but I'm hoping that is a good thing.

I was worried about the hollow ones, I heard that you get mould etc in the middle, I know you can caps, but not sure if this solves it all.

I think that the thicker Trex should last longer, again with all composite decking you get some negative comments, so still hard to make a firm decision.

To me money isnt the issue, I would rather have an easier life enjoying it rather than having to paint it every few months, and also would need to last longer than wood too.
Mine is hollow, can't say mould has ever been a concern. The only thing I will say is mine has expanded in length over time, however this was made very clear to me when I bought it so allow for expansion if necessary.
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