Composite decking (eg. Modwood & TREX)
An environmentally friendly decking option, composite decking is made from recycled wood pulp, fibre or sawdust, mixed with plastic and machine-extruded into long, uniform boards, (often more than five metres in length). The actual composition varies between brands – some products use rice husks or bamboo rather than wood, and some use recycled plastics.
Composite boards are designed to look and feel similar to timber decking, but are virtually maintenance-free: they won’t warp or rot, and never require resealing or painting.
While early-generation composites were susceptible to scratching and fading, manufacturing methodologies have changed and the new-generation composites use harder plastics, a lower wood-plastic ratio, and are ‘capped’ with an integrated protective plastic coating, all of which helps overcome these issues.