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Benefits of Hidden Deck Fasteners

In our professional opinion, the best and most attractive way to install your composite decking is with hidden fasteners!

Depending on the type of composite decking board you choose, you are able to use hidden fasteners to ‘soft install’ your decking, resulting in a cleaner, more attractive-looking deck. Composite deck boards with a grooved edge allow hidden fasteners to be placed on either side and then screwed down into the deck’s frame. Meaning deck screws do not have to be drilled into the deck’s body, avoiding damage to the board and ensuring longevity. This is what provides a perfect, clean finish.

Types of Fasteners

There are two types of fasteners available to use when installing a deck; starter fasteners and hidden fasteners.

Starter fasteners are required by nearly all deck installations. This is the metal clip used to install and secure the very first and last deck boards of each run. Its purpose is to provide stability to the outer deck, resulting in the longevity of the deck’s body.

Hidden fasteners are the fasteners that create the gap between each individual board, which are secured and drilled down at each crossover of board and joist. Their purpose is to hold the boards in place across the main body of the deck and come with a whole host of features and benefits, including;

  • Easy installation, either pneumatically or using a drill
  • Available in a variety of sizes for different project types
  • Concealed to preserve the deck’s clean finish
  • Less likely to succumb to damage
  • Less risk for pets, children and feet
  • Built-in spacer provides a uniform gap between each board

Why does there have to be a gap between boards?

DeckPlus’ composite decking requires a gap between each board of 3-5mm in order for the warranty to be satisfied. This is to account for expansion and contraction of the deck boards within a variety of climates. If boards are not installed with an appropriate gap, there is a risk that the deck’s warranty will be void. Hidden fasteners enable you to install your boards with the correct gap in between, avoiding any potential issues with your deck’s warranty.

Here at DeckPlus, our hidden deck fasteners are available in different size options, catering for a variety of projects. Whether you’re looking to install a small deck or a large one, we have the hidden fasteners to match. Visit our decking accessories page today to learn more about the hidden fasteners options that we have available.

You can also find more information and instructions on our hidden deck fasteners within our installation resources. Click below to find out more!

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Over the last several years, we have seen a range of different, eye-catching deck designs created using our collection of composite deck boards. From small decks to large decks and everything in between, we’ve seen it all. But the stand out design that has gained more and more popularity is the raised deck.

Bringing a multidimensional look to any property, this is definitely the design to choose if you want your home to stand out from the crowd. But what design do you choose? What options are out there? Find out here with our raised deck ideas.

 

Raised Deck Frames

Similar to a house, the foundation of your deck will determine the rest of your deck design decisions. While it may seem like a simple choice, there are in fact a number of options that will impact both the look and feel of your finished deck. You will want to go for designs that will fit well with the overall design of your home, including your deck’s shape and its supports.

When it comes to your deck’s frame, there are two popular choices to choose from; either a rectangular frame or a circular one. A rectangular frame is a traditional design for most raised decks as it provides the most flexibility when it comes to style. As a result of its common shape, it can take on whatever look you choose for your materials and furnishings. A circular frame, however, offers a more unique deck design, With a more compact look, these frames are great for homes that have smaller gardens and outdoor areas and are trying to bring a more contemporary look and feel.

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Raised Deck Stairs

One of the major benefits of having a raised deck is the ability to open the space below. Many homeowners choose to finish their underdeck space with a new patio to create additional outdoor entertainment area. No matter how you choose to use the space, connecting your raised deck with the rest of your garden using a set of matching stairs creates a homogenous and effective design.

Typically, there are two designs to choose from for your deck stairs; a traditional look or a spiral look. The traditional stair design is a huge compliment to classically-designed homes that consist of exposed wooden elements and clean, straight lines. Whereas the spiral stair design is a great choice for those looking to create a modern-styled garden. The main benefit of choosing a spiral stair design over a traditional design is the smaller footprint that it uses, making it the ideal choice for smaller-sized outdoor areas. The mesmerising look also creates a beautiful centrepiece that can be built around.

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Raised Deck Handrails and Balustrades

Another important thing to think about when adding a raised deck to your property is the safety element that you’d like to implement. This is a vital and necessary component of your raised deck as it will be, of course, raised above the ground and you’ll need sufficient measures in place to ensure any guests, family members, friends and yourself are protected when on the deck. The great thing about this, however, is that you have a choice of products to choose from, all of which offer their own unique style. Perfect for a variety of outdoor designs!

This first option at your disposal is a glass balustrade system. This is a glass panel system that covers the entire outer edge of your raised deck, providing a clear, classy element of safety. The wonderful thing about these systems is that you have several design options to choose from. Pick one with a handrail, without a handrail, a frameless or cable system. All of which adds a finishing touch to your garden that completes the look of your raised deck.

A second option that you can choose is a composite rail, the perfect way to complement a composite deck! Available from chosen suppliers in a variety of colours and materials, composite rails offer homeowners a sturdy yet stylish dimension to their garden.  

Raised Deck Balustrade

 

And there you have it - raised deck ideas to inspire your next outdoor deck design. If you're planning on using composite decking for your raised deck, be sure to order your FREE deck samples from DeckPlus. For more information on our collection of deck boards, please don't hesitate to contact a member of our team today.

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Composite decking has seen a surge of unwavering popularity over the last two decades, gracing many gardens across the UK and beyond – and with good reason.

Aesthetically stylish, reassuringly durable and consistently impressive, composite decking never fails to leave a lasting impression on homeowners and on-lookers alike.

That being said, the decking world isn’t immune to fashion trends; what’s in vogue in outdoor design can have a strong influence on the direction of industry as a whole.

To help you stay ahead of the curve in terms of keeping your garden up to date with contemporary design, we’ve outlined a few of the biggest things to expect from deck trends in 2020.

 

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Decking Trends for 2020

With the momentum of composite decking showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, anyone looking to invest in composite decking for their home won’t be left with buyer’s remorse.

However, if you’re looking to keep your decking area in vogue and looking as stylish as possible, there are a few fashionable decking trends 2020 has in store that you may want to keep in mind…

 

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Natural Wood

Contemporary colours have ruled the roost in the decking world over the last several years, with cool greys and dark stormy colours a common sight.

However, it appears that the cyclical nature of the outdoor design will see natural wood colours make a welcome comeback as what’s old becomes new once again.

Ranging from the classic appeal of dark teak and walnut decking to the lighter appeal of cedar and tigerwood shades, the organic appeal of authentic wood is simply timeless.

 

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Decking Lights

An influential factor in interior and exterior design alike, effective lighting has the ability to make a good deck great and a great deck simply outstanding.

For the ultimate in seamless uplighting, the illuminating qualities of our built-in deck lights provide fashion and function with its stylish radiance.

Blending practicality with performance, these lights sit within the boards themselves to provide a level finish that’s tidy, clean and clutter-free.

 

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Designer Flair

While a typical linear decking design will never fail to get the job done, 2020 looks set to see a rise in creativity when it comes to configuration and deck design.

Where standard striped decking may have been a foregone conclusion in the past, expect to see an increase in more artistic methods, such as diamond inserts and picture framing.

You could even mix and match with a multidirectional patchwork design or incorporate opposing directions with a dividing board in the centre. The possibilities are endless!

 

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Cable Railing

Glass balustrades have been hogging all the attention in the last couple of years due to their unique blend of style and transparency; however, they also require continued maintenance to stay clean.

Conversely, cable railings offer all the benefits of balustrades with minimal upkeep, making them a popular choice for those looking to create a stylish decking border that also includes uncompromised visual freedom.

For raised decking areas and decked out balconies, a protective border is a must-have purchase and they don’t come any better than the low-maintenance, high-visibility of cable railing.

 

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Zoning

Finally, a garden trend that looks set to carry through from 2019 is the unique all-in-one tactic of garden zoning.

Essentially creating a “best of both worlds” scenario, zoning is – as the name suggest – the process of splitting your garden into distinct sections or zones.

This not only allows you to designate specific areas to a particular purpose or activity, it also allows you to incorporate multiple materials should you wish to mix-up your flooring design.

 

Deck Into 2020

With many of our composite decking ranges offering a hefty 30-year guarantee (like our EasyClean Legacy, EasyClean Tropical and Reliaboard ranges), decking out your outside space is an investment that could quite literally last a generation!

As such, you’re going to want to get it right the first time. Luckily, with the top-quality decking available at DeckPlus, our products never fail to impress and opting for a deck from us will set you on the right path to a designer deck that looks great in 2020 and beyond.

 

For more decking inspiration or additional information on the deck trends 2020 is likely to bring, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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With Christmas on the horizon and winter well on its way, keeping your outdoor living space protected and primed for the impending onslaught of cold weather is a concern for many homeowners across the UK.

Luckily, for those blessed with composite decking, no such worries are necessary. In fact, composite decking is more than up for the challenge, tailor-made to fight off the cold and withstand the bitter chill that winter brings.

 

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Decking Dangers in Wintertime

Typical softwood and hardwood decking are both prone to water absorption, creating a slippery surface that poses many hazards as a result.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, this water can then freeze during the sub-zero temperatures of the wintertime, turning your domestic decking area into a residential ice rink.

Worse still, any water that does get into the wood cracks will expand as it freezes, which can ultimately cause your boards to crack and break, especially if they’re not properly sealed.

Fortunately, any unsteady feelings can be given the slip with confidence if you make the smart choice and opt for composite decking,

 

Why Choose Composite Decking for Winter

Composite decking is made from a combination of natural hardwood and composite materials, making for a top-quality product that’s highly resistant to the demands of the outdoors.

Moisture-resistant with an extremely low absorption rate, our composite deck boards are made for traction, even in the wintertime, eradicating fears of ice surface water freezing over.

With its protective polymer sleeve, capped composite decking is particularly water-resistant with an even lower absorption rate than traditional composite decking.

Perhaps best of all, neither uncapped of capped composite decking require any treatment or sealing to maintain their winterproof qualities, both providing a reliable surface underfoot that lasts year after year.

 

Composite Decking in the Snow

Even in the event of snowy weather, composite decking is a fantastic surface that’s built to withstand the frosty cold.

Extremely hard-wearing, you can even fend of the snow and ice by using rock salt or calcium chloride without fears of damaging the decking surface beneath when the snow/ice melts.

Meanwhile, if you do wish to remove any bulk of snow, this can be done using conventional shovelling methods; however, it’s advisable to opt for a plastic shovel to avoid damaging the boards.

 

For more information on winterproof decking and why composite decking is the perfect surface to withstand the cold, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get touch online by clicking the button below.

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This customer was looking to add a contemporary deck design to their existing seaside property, with the aim of using a high-quality yet affordable decking product for the task at hand.

Searching online for reputable composite decking supplier, the customer soon discovered DeckPlus. After reading positive reviews, they decided that DeckPlus was the supplier for them.

From there, the customer perused our wide range of composite decking in search of a dynamic design. Modern, stylish and reasonably priced, the FutureDek Silver Birch ticked all the boxes

Soon enough, it was settled: the deck had been purchased, the job had been booked in and it had been made official.

Once on-site, our team of installers set about making this dream deck a reality, wasting little time in getting to work.

In no time at all, the deck was installed, leaving the customer with a stunning, new composite decking area to enjoy the seaside ambience and maritime views in style.

 

 

 

FutureDek Silver Birch Composite Decking

With its natural wood-look design, textured finish and realistic two-tone aesthetic, the FutureDek Silver Birch provides a wonderfully modern take on a classic design.

Its hollow composition also makes it both eco-friendly and budget-friendly, while its composite nature ensures robust durability for a long-lasting effect.

Resistant to stains, fading and abrasions, FutureDek Silver Birch composite decking is built to last and certainly lives up to its name – fundamentally designed to maintain its looks long into the future.

 

 

 

For more information on our wide range of composite decking options – including the FutureDek Silver Birch used in this project – why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 and you too could turn your decking dreams into a reality today!

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Ideal for barbeques, family occasions or drinks with friends, a well-designed decking area can be the perfect place for all manner of social gatherings when the weather is good.

That being said, no outdoor gathering is complete without a decent place to sit and finding garden furniture that matches your decking can be an arduous task.

Luckily, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s already a built-in solution ready-made for such a scenario…quite literally built-in to your chosen decking.

So, let the flooring take a backseat as the seating takes the floor in this guide to deck benches from DeckPlus.

 

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What Is a Deck Bench?

Matching the colour, style and personality of your decking is a big ask and finding furniture that ticks one or two of those criteria isn’t as easy as you may initially think.

If that sounds like a familiar problem, why not by-pass that coordinatory issue with a deck bench?

A deck bench is essentially a seating area made from the same material as your deck flooring, seamlessly integrating seats into your decking design.

Whether it’s a deliberate feature of your outdoor space or a last-minute addition as a result of surplus materials, a deck bench can make for a fantastic seating solution for your garden deck.

Avoid the painstaking process of accessorising your decking design with third-party seating options and make the process simple by keeping it in the family with a deck bench made from the very same material.

 

Why Choose a Deck Bench?

In terms of aesthetics, the fluid blend of materials, tones and design make deck benches the perfect solution to outdoor seating conundrums, providing unrivaled continuity.

Better still, if you did wish to exercise your creative muscles a little further, you can always inject additional colour by simply adding bright garden cushions to your deck bench for personality.

Best of all, there’s a myriad of designs you can explore when it comes to creating a deck bench in your garden space, from border benches to corner seats and anything in between.

 

Hidden Features

In addition to being a great way of saving money on outdoor furniture for your decking area, a deck bench can also be a great space saver as well.

With a little designer flair and foresight, a deck bench can easily double up as a storage chest for your outdoor accessories, providing concealed storage for a tidier outdoor living space.

 

For more information and ideas on how to integrate a deck bench into your outdoor decking design, why not speak with one of our decking specialists today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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When it comes to long-lasting outdoor surfaces for your home or business, few materials can boast the enduring power and beauty of composite decking.

Built to last, composite decking is made with an innate ability to withstand the demands of Mother Nature and handle anything man can throw at it – within reason.

That being said, nothing is invincible and even composite decking can falter under extreme conditions and severe force.

If your deck has been in the wars, the task of replacing deck boards can be a necessary evil. Luckily, this blog should help remedy such an eventuality.

 

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Replacing Deck Boards from DeckPlus

Accidents can happen from time to time and, for whatever reason, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position where you need to replace a board or two.

Naturally, the prospect of replacing deck boards can seem a little frustrating for some and outright daunting for others.

If you fall into either of those categories, don’t worry. Replacing a single board or two doesn’t necessitate the entire deck to be torn from its foundation.

In fact, the whole process of replacing deck boards from DeckPlus is actually surprisingly simple!

 

How to Replace Individual Deck Boards

  1. Make two parallel incisions through the centre of the unwanted board you would like to replace.
  2. Remove the newly created centre piece, leaving behind a length of board on either side.
  3. Use a standard pry bar to lift the remaining deck pieces from the tabs.
  4. Remove the tabs on the side of the board with the screw heads showing using a reciprocating saw.
  5. Place the new board into position and drive it onto the remaining tabs.
  6. Once in position, secure the board into place by using TOPLoc screws to firmly hold the loose edges in place.
  7. Stand back and admire your handiwork!

 

Replacing Deck Boards with Composite Decking

If you happen to own a traditional wood deck that’s showing its age or, worse still, becoming a hazard and unfit for prupose, you may want to consider a comprehensive deck replacement.

Replacing deck boards with composite decking can be a great way to upgrade your outside space. Composite decking boasts a level of durability that’s simply unmatched by conventional wood decking, providing reliable weather resistance in terms of both practicality and aesthetics.

Not only will your surface be resistant to stains, fading and abrasions, it’ll also never split or splinter like traditional wood materials. Meanwhile, composite decking is also highly resistant to moisture, providing a clean surface that’s safe to use in all conditions, while also preventing the development of unsightly algae and mould.

For more information on replacing your deck with composite decking, check out our Deck Replacement blog wholly dedicated to just that.

 

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Advances in outdoor design have seen decking materials come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, leaving old deck technology behind in the rear-view mirror as outdoor relics of the past.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the time and/or money to stay on top of decking technology, often leaving an aging aesthetic in growing need of updating with each passing year.

For those that have yet to update their decks, the time will eventually come when a deck replacement is needed, as colours fade and boards weaken.

Sadly, time waits for no man and the same thing applies to decking. If you’re considering a deck replacement, here are a few things you might want to mull over before you commit.

 

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Do I Need a Deck Replacement?

Depending on the size of your outdoor space and, more importantly, the decking area you need to replace, a comprehensive deck replacement can be a costly endeavour.

If you’re considering a replacing your decking due to the aging aesthetics and maturing condition of the deck boards, you might want to look a little deeper into the problem.

Upon closer inspection, you may not require a full-scale deck replacement at all. In fact, you may even be able to re-use some of your existing features, provided they are still in healthy condition.

Most deck frames are made of treated materials specifically designed to last for decades. Provided your existing structure is made from treated wood and not rotting, you may be able to re-use it.

Remodelling your existing structure with new decking, rails and stairs can breathe new life into an otherwise sound structure, saving a chunk of time and money in the process.

That being said, if rot has taken hold and key structural elements are beginning to weaken – such as the posts, joists and beams – you may need to throw in the towel and start from scratch.

 

Taking the Plunge

When it comes to deck replacement, the power of change can have a huge impact on your outdoor space, in terms of appearance, enjoyment and practical use.

In fact, revamping your deck boards can make a massive difference to the overall aesthetic, particularly if you opt for a notably different design.

Simply switching up the colour scheme can instantly revolutionise your garden in terms of personality, providing a welcome change to the established norm of before.

You may even find that the change of dynamic changes your living habits, providing additional motivation to get outside and make the most of your outdoor space.

What’s more, upgrading from a traditional decking material to composite decking also brings with it a myriad of practical benefits that allow you to enjoy your outdoor space like never before.

 

Upgrading to Composite Decking

Composite decking is inherently hard-wearing, requiring minimal upkeep. No longer will you be required to spend your Saturdays staining and treating the boards to maintain their vibrant hue; a simple annual jetwash will do just fine.

Additionally, composite decking is also extremely capable under a number of elemental demands, resistant to hot and cold weather alike, as well as abrasions. Composite decking will never split or splinter, nor will it warp or fade.

Meanwhile, capped composite decking in particular also boasts extreme moisture-resistance, making any worries of spills and stains a thing of the past. So, the next time the weather is fine, there are no excuses to spark up the BBQ or enjoy a few drinks in the open air.

 

For more advice on deck replacement or additional information on composite decking options from DeckPlus, why not speak with our customer care team today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the link below.

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The world of decking can be a bit of minefield to navigate through, especially if you don’t really know what you’re looking for.

The wide range of materials and specifications can easily lead to confusion, with variety of befuddling lingo to match.

Even the terms and product names themselves can leave you feeling like your learning a foreign language.

One such term you may stumble across in your trek through the decking bewilderness is WPC decking.

“What is WPC decking?” we hear you ask? Let’s peel back the veil and find out.

 

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WPC Decking Explained

Not to be confused with PVC decking (non-wood polyvinyl chloride), WPC decking is essentially another name for composite decking.

The “WPC” actually stands for “Wood Plastic Composite”, alluding to the material used in the formation of the decking itself.

As the name suggests, Wood Plastic Composite decking typically consists of a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, i.e. a composite.

The end result is a natural-looking product that performs like a man-made material, providing aesthetic beauty and durability in equal measure.

 

Wood Plastic Composite Decking

Wood Plastic Composite decking isn’t just a better solution for your decking area, it’s also a better solution for the environment.

Unlike traditional wood decking, WPC decking uses recycled materials to form each board. At DeckPlus, no trees are felled in the construction of our products whatsoever.

Our TimberTech range, in particular, is comprised of 73% recycled material, with a further 50% of the polymer content coming from recycled materials, predominantly post-consumer and post-industrial HDPE bottle grade and LDPE film grade plastics.

Providing quality and sustainability from the outset, WPC decking doesn’t require staining or sealing either, further contributing to its eco-friendly status. Meanwhile, the long-lasting nature and durability of the product mean that these products will also last long into the future.

 

For more information on WPC decking or to hear more about the variety of composite decking options available at DeckPlus, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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An outdoor decking area is a wonderful way to enjoy your outdoor space, soak up the sun or take in the open air; but who said that decking area needs to be on the ground?

At DeckPlus, our composite decking isn’t just the ideal route to a revolutionised garden, it’s also the perfect way to revamp a roof terrace or a breath some life into a balcony!

 

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Why Choose Balcony Decking from DeckPlus?

When it comes to decking out your balcony, nothing comes close to the awesome power of composite decking. Here are a few reasons why you should raise your game with balcony decking from DeckPlus.

 

Slip-Resistant

Perhaps the most important attribute for any flooring surface that’s high above ground, slip-resistance is vital for any balcony decking product

Fortunately, at DeckPlus, all of our products are extremely slip-resistant and built to withstand the demands of Mother Nature.

Our capped composite decking boards, in particular, are extremely water-resistant, featuring a protective polymer sleeve that’s virtually impermeable to moisture.

The result is a surface that’s firm underfoot and provides traction you can count on with every step.

 

Easy Installation

Another great perk of using DeckPlus for your rooftop or balcony decking is that it’s inherently easy to install. In fact, when compared to comparative products and competitors’ offerings, DeckPlus is virtually effortless.

Using our noise-reducing EasyFix decking accessories, you can remove the need for a mechanical attachment altogether. Simply push-fit the rubber shoes onto the joists and use the EasyFix packers to level with ease.

Meanwhile, most of our balcony decking options are also compatible with the CONCEALoc hidden fastener system, for a smooth and seamless finish. With built-in spacers, this method allows top-side installation for trouble-free access.

 

Design Freedom

Available in a wide range of colours and a myriad of designs, our composite decking boards can bring instant personality to your balcony decking area.

From the deepest of blacks to the lightest of whites with every natural wood shade you could in between, the scope for design is extremely varied.

Not only does this allow you to achieve the outdoor finish you desire but it also paves the way for you to accessorise with your interior colour-scheme as well for an indoor/outdoor transition that works.

 

Durability

Whenever renovate your home, knowing that your new addition is going to last long into the future can be a big selling point and provide solid peace of mind.

Luckily, DeckPlus decking is built to last. Better yet, it requires little to no maintenance to retain its stellar aesthetic appeal.

Composite decking from DeckPlus will never splinter, split or bow, while it’s also extremely resistant to mould and algae.

When your decking is down, you know your balcony design is in it for the long haul and here to stay well into the future.

 

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