can you install composite over wood decking? 

There are homeowners up and down the country with old wooden decks in their gardens, begging to be replaced! Over time, moisture creeps into wooden boards, causing them to crack, rot and warp. Left untreated, your old wooden deck can become a real hazard to you and others in your home. 

Compared to composite decking, wooden decks have a relatively short lifespan, so it's unsurprising that homeowners often opt for a more durable replacement. One of the things that puts people off installing a new deck is the prospect of ripping up the old one. Not only does this take time, but it also leaves you with a huge pile of (potentially rotting) wood that you'll need to get rid of. 

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Lights in composite decking

You can add lights to your DeckPlus composite decking in order to illuminate your deck after sunset. We provide energy-efficient LED deck lights in a variety of different colours.

Pictured above is a garden deck - complete with lights - that was constructed using our EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey decking. For more photos of this job, click here.

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capped composite decking

When browsing our range of composite decking you've probably noticed that we offer 'capped' and 'uncapped' options. When coming across these decking variations for the first time, you may not know what the difference is. Today we're going to take a closer look at capped composite decking to find out what it is, what it means and how it compares to uncapped decking options. 

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We're always saying that you can do all sorts of wonderful things with DeckPlus composite decking, and here's a fantastic example.

Deck banquette seating

This customer used our EasyClean ReversaDek decking boards to create a very stylish outdoor banquette (pictured above). This sturdy bench has a curved design that's very smooth and very modern - we think it looks fantastic!

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Looking after a timber deck can be really hard work. When neglected, timber decking quickly starts to deteriorate, discolour and even rot. Eventually, you'll look outside and wish you'd taken better care of it, but without completely replacing the deck, there's very little you can do to salvage it. Here are a few things you should look out for that indicate when it's time to have your timber deck replaced:

  • Significant damage to the deck boards 
  • Deck boards that are bowing
  • Cracks and splinters in one or more board
  • Obvious discolouration (either from sun fade or weathering)
  • Rusty or missing hardware

If you spot one or more of these problems on your timber deck, then we'd highly recommend considering a replacement deck. Of course, if you want to avoid ending up in this position again, you should consider a more durable, long-lasting option like composite decking. Unlike timber decking, composite decking is designed with a hardy polymer sleeve. This sleeve keeps moisture out of the boards, prevents rot and preserves the colour and finish of the deck boards for up to 30 years

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