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DIY Advice Image - Composite decking vs wood: the benefits of composite decking. G Drive blob storage upload.
If you're looking to install a new outdoor deck at home, or even refresh what you already have, you may want to consider installing composite decking boards instead of timber boards. Elton from Ekodeck explains some of the benefits of choosing composite boards.

Environmentally friendly

Composite decking boards are made from a combination of over 90 percent reclaimed timber, bamboo and recycled plastic. However, they've been carefully engineered and designed to look and feel like natural timber.

Designed for Aussie weather conditions

Wherever you live around Australia, composite decking boards are suited to all types of weather conditions. “Composite decking is naturally resistant to termites, rot, decay, mildew and mould. It's also ideal for laying around chlorine pools or in coastal areas near salt water,” explains Elton. This gives composite decking a great advantage over wood.

Another great benefit of composite decking boards is that they don't cup, warp or splinter. This makes it perfect for families with small children.

Composite deck boards are also UV stable, which means that their colour won't fade over time like normal timber. Something to keep in mind is that they will lose a little colour after their initial installation in the early months.

Easy installation

Composite boards are installed and sanded in the same way as timber boards. However, they're often denser than wood, so when cutting, you may need a new, sharp blade.

One thing to note is that composite boards can slightly expand in high heat. Then when the boards cool down they will shrink back to size. So, depending on when you measure up and install your composite boards, you'll need to consider the gaps that you leave.

Low maintenance deck care

“The best thing about composite decking boards is that they don't need any painting, sealing, staining, oiling or varnishing. The time saved in labour over the lifetime of the boards can be huge (when compared to wood),” says Elton.

To clean the boards, you'll just need a bucket of warm soapy water and a high-pressured hose. To remove a more permanent stain, use a brush with stiff bristles and soapy water. 

Check it out

Check out Ekodeck's full range online or at your local Bunnings.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.