Composite decking is a relatively new material that has revolutionised and opened up a whole new side of the decking industry.

Due to its rapid and enormous growth and company competition within the composite decking space, there are many beliefs and misconceptions around the appearance, cost, and performance of the material.

Here we look to tackle to basic facts and fiction around composite decking materials.

Appearance

Composite decking has come a long way since its inception more than 25 years ago. The first two generations of composite decking looked fake compared to wood due to incapability to create realistic colour tones or textures. These first two generations contained more plastic than wood which made it difficult to pass as timber.

The third generation of composite decking comes in an array of colours and textures that mimic the natural grain and beauty of timber. These are usually sold at a higher price point based on the complexity involved with putting a high amount of detail in composite boards to successfully  replicate the look of timber.

There are still companies who sell second-generation composite decking, often at a lower price due to the nature of the material. It’s as simple as asking your supplier what generation of composite decking they carry. And if they don’t know you have got to wonder how knowledgeable is your supplier.

Variety

The colour pigmentation of composite decking is added at the time of manufacture, meaning home owners can get almost any colour they want, as long as they understand they can’t paint over the top.

As they are manufactured, composite boards can be extremely flexible to fit any home project needs, however they cannot be re-sanded, oiled, or stained to change their appearance once they are installed.

As there are a lot of composite manufacturers, there is also a variety of low-to-high performance composites. Some composite materials are superficially superior but don’t weather well under environmental conditions or heavy use.

High-performance composite capped boards from Trex® feature an added layer of protection against severe weather, heavy foot traffic, fading, mould and staining.

Cost

The more deliberate manufacturing process involved with the creation of composite decking boards often results in a higher price point than other easily available materials such as native timbers.

A decking board at double the price does not necessarily mean the cost of your deck will be double; the boards themselves are a smaller part of the larger project which includes the framework that it sits on as well as any necessary railings or stairs and labour.

The initial outlay cost for the material will be similar to some exotic woods but the majority of third-generation composite decking comes with warranties.

It’s also important to consider the long-term costs, such as maintenance which we’ll explore later. It’s safe to say that the ongoing costs of maintaining a composite deck are slight in comparison to other decking materials.

Environmental Impact

Composite decking is a man-made building product that is typically made from a combination of different materials that includes a mix of wood and plastic. Both the wood (which consists of industry by-products like sawdust, chips, and wood fibre) and the plastic can be made from virgin or recycled material.

The wood and plastic are combined with bonding agents, pigments, and stabilisers, then are heated and extruded into planks that are often (depending on the generation) made with a grain-like pattern to look like real wood.

Research your preferred composite decking manufacturer to learn how its products are produced. Trex® qualifies as one of the biggest plastic recyclers in the US by saving of material from landfill each year and making their deck boards from a blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic film.

Installation

Professional quality decking installation is crucial, as composite decking boards must be fitted correctly to reap the long-term benefits that the material can provide.

Over the lifetime of the deck, expenses for composite decking are likely to be lower. If installed incorrectly composite decking can sag and buckle, expanding and contracting with temperature changes which must be taken into consideration.

When installed correctly the deck will not warp, crack, splinter and, when your deck is installed, you can start enjoying it right away, without the need to stain or seal the deck.

Maintenance

One of the few threats to composite decking is mould growth in consistently wet and shady areas of the deck. Applying a mould barrier at the outset can prevent its development. In cases where it does develop homeowners can remove mould with special cleaners to not harm the surface.

It is best practice not to construct a new deck in an area of your home where it would be consistently moist and shady, regardless of the material used. Anything that sits outside in the elements for years on end is going to need some maintenance, but composite decking sits at the lower end of that scale.

Since it never needs stain or paint and is decay-resistant, it is recommended that owners only need to wash it 2-3 times a year with a hose and broom to prevent dirt build up.

Decking Perth

Decking Perth are the best decking professionals in WA.

When adding outdoor decking on to your home, you want something that is going to last for years to come. This is exactly the kind of deck you will receive from Decking Perth.

We have highly skilled timber decking professional contractors, and certified installers here to help make your dream deck into a reality.

Want to learn more about composite decking and how it compares to timber decking? Check out Composite Decking vs Timber Decking now!

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Our customers say

We couldn't be more pleased with the result of our new decking built by Dean and his team from Allstyle Build using composite decking sourced from Decking Perth. Dean's customer service and attention to detail was really appreciated and his pricing was value for money given the excellent result. Wouldn't hesitate recommending both Allstyle Build and Decking Perth's products for any decking project.
Paul Hamersley
Paul Hamersley
11:43 24 Mar 22
Ive just had my new composite deck supplied by Decking Perth. The whole process was so easy and professional. James and Eric from JLA Carpentry did a fantastic job doing the installation. The workmanship is top class. Highly recommended.
Steve Blight
Steve Blight
04:46 09 Mar 22
I had no idea where to start when it came to getting decking installed. I was so pleased when I found Decking Perth because they did all the tricky stuff for me - all I had to do was tell them what I was after and what colour and they did the rest. The contractor I ended up choosing to do the instal was fantastic. Couldn't be happier with my new deck! So thank you!
Kealy Hardman
Kealy Hardman
08:12 19 Feb 22
We had our front entrance decking replaced with the composite product - Spanish Saffron colour - and am super happy with the outcome. The service and advice/options provided by Perth Decking was very professional and Eric and his team did a fantastic really great job.Recommend Perth Decking and their teams without any hesitation.
Nico Spangenberg
Nico Spangenberg
10:35 13 Feb 22
Mazlin Junid
Mazlin Junid
03:04 09 Feb 22
Highly recommend Decking Perth. They were super helpful from the initial shop visit to the many questions and queries I had, right through to the installation by the fantastic Jake. Cannot fault.
anna wingell
anna wingell
09:35 17 Jan 22
Fantastic experience from start to finish. Ashleigh at Decking Perth was very helpful and the installers Michael and Liam from Lesgo Construction were reliable, friendly, on time and did a quality job. Nothing was to much trouble and I would definitely use them again..
Rod Wright
Rod Wright
10:40 13 Dec 21
Great service and product
Ryan C
Ryan C
05:12 13 Oct 21
Decking Perth provide great advice for novice deck buyers by showing you a wide range of products underpinned by knowledge and a conduit to deck builders. A couple of days after we visited Decking Perth one of their preferred contractors provided a very competitive quotation and we engaged AllStyle Carpentry. Decking Perth supplied all materials as they are a One Stop Shop for the contractor. The Modwood Xtteme deck looks fantastic and we could not be happier with it. Thank you Decking Perth as your business supported our thinking and your advice saw the planning come together and we now have a lovely deck.Phill Cribb
Phill CRIBB
Phill CRIBB
10:14 21 Apr 21
Could not recommend Deck Perth more. I had a small area at the front of my house which needed Composite decking supplied and installed. Visited their shop for ideas, then they organised a contractor to attend for a quote to install. All done within 2.5 weeks and over the moon with the end result at a reasonable price, thanks again
Owen Taylor
Owen Taylor
04:01 08 May 20
I contacted Decking Perth regarding an extension to our current Trex Deck. They took my details and within 4 hours I had been contacted by 2 decking installers and both had attended and quoted within 3 days. Jamie from Elite Decking had the job completed the following week! Lovely team, quiet, clean and tidy workers, on time and on budget, attention to detail exceptional. You cannot tell the difference between the 5 year old deck and the new extension. Highly recommend Elite Decking and Decking Perth.
Louise Bray
Louise Bray
06:27 28 Jan 20
I had some Trex (tiki torch colour) decking installed just before Christmas 2019. Jamie was great to deal with and did a great job installing the product. He and Phil were also very helpful in choosing the best product. Thanks guys! I have no problems recommending Decking Perth to others.
Peter Coulson
Peter Coulson
23:30 05 Jan 20
Great service, professional products.And easy to deal with
Dean Bumbak
Dean Bumbak
19:02 04 Dec 19
As an ordinary DIY supported by a Team of Rockstars to achieve a tremendous result and nothing was too much trouble Cristian and Cassandra.
Aaron Henley-Martin
Aaron Henley-Martin
07:36 22 Nov 19
We were seeking a good quality decking oil for our garden landscaping and out-door shower project. We found the reviews on-line for Cutek Extreme Clear wood preserver were very good and suited us as it is absorbed by the timber thereby ensuring greater life expectancy and a great grain enhancer. In addition re-coating every 18mths to 2yrs appealed as the timber only requires a high pressure wash and a dry off period before re-coating. No sanding required. We chose a New Bronzetone tinter to deepen and enrich the merbau timber grain for an excellent aesthetic finish. Next Project the pool deck!
Chris Pallett
Chris Pallett
04:13 08 Nov 19
Marty Brausch
Marty Brausch
08:47 29 Jul 19
I contacted Decking Perth to see about getting my small courtyard sorted. Cassandra recommended 2 companies to install Trex decking. Marty and his team did a great job. I'm really pleased with the results.
Belinda G
Belinda G
03:34 13 May 19
I use Decking Perth as timber and composite decking supplier, and have dealt with Adrian for years. The team are passionate and strive for innovation, always presenting the latest products to benefit the end user. I'm grateful for their knowledge and desire to see the best fit for purpose product for both client and contractor alike.
Matt Libardi
Matt Libardi
12:47 15 Apr 19
I contacted Decking Perth to get my alfresco area upgrade to latest trex decking. She recommended two subbies however I choose one subiie who is Easy Deck. It was highly impressive to note the way specially Casandra how she provided total service package including resource, material and also best economical options. This is the best customer service i ever had experienced. follow up on work progress, quality control etc are other events Cassendra followed up with customer. it was very impressive work indeed by Easy Deck and Decking Perth.
Great job at a fair price. Thanks Joe!
Steve Collins
Steve Collins
04:25 20 Aug 18
Aaron East Landscape Designs used Trex decking and did an absolutely awesome job. Very professional. Would highly recommend them for decking and landscaping
Kelly Berry
Kelly Berry
03:27 01 May 18
21m2 of decking needed around pool area. Decking Perth provided an easy service to get the job done quickly and at a very good price. Installation contractors were switched on and provided smart options to get around a couple of problem areas. Cannot fault the installation, it is fantastic and sets off the pool area fantastically.Can highly recommend Decking Perth to anyone.
Tim Waldby
Tim Waldby
13:47 05 Oct 17
Sharon Moieni
Sharon Moieni
06:14 26 Sep 17
Made the quoting process very simple and easy and checked in regularly to make sure that we were happy with the process and the finished job.
Samantha Stenersen
Samantha Stenersen
02:06 15 Sep 17
Adrian and the team were extremely pleasant to deal with and provided friendly and informative service throughout the sales process. A thoroughly positive experience from start to finish and the Trex products we purchased look outstanding.
Jon G
Jon G
07:06 12 Sep 17
The service provided by Adrian at Decking Perth was exceptional in helping us select our decking and providing advice regarding the laying. The Torona Brown Trex decking looks great. Neville
Neville Jones
Neville Jones
04:58 06 Sep 17
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