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Which is better?

Timber decking is the most traditional choice for decking projects due to its natural aesthetic appeal. Alternatively, composite decking provides all the beauty of natural hardwood without excess maintenance.

What’s the difference between hardwood decking and composite decking?

Hardwood decking, also known as timber decking, is made from natural materials. Timber deck boards are usually made from trees such as ash or oak.

On the other hand, composite decking, also known as WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) decking, is made from a combination of plastic and natural wood fibres.

Composite decking is an excellent option for your decking project as it mimics the appearance of natural wood without any of the maintenance and upkeep of hardwood decking.

So, should I buy composite or timber decking?



Hardwood decking requires regular treating, staining, and painting. You may also find that the colour fades quickly in extreme weather conditions. It is advised to inspect your timber decking every six months to ensure that it hasn’t rotted or developed fungus.

In comparison to timber decking, composite decking required minimal maintenance. Our composite decking boards are produced with a protective sleeve that enhances protection against the elements that may damage your hardwood decking beyond repair.

In summary, timber decking requires far more maintenance and upkeep than composite decking.


Composite decking is more expensive than timber decking, but only because durability comes at a cost! Composite decking is a long-term investment that will provide you with a high-quality deck for 25-30 years.

You can get low-quality timber decking for less than £10 per board, but quality hardwood decking is far more expensive – and that’s before you factor in the ongoing maintenance costs.

High-quality composite decking starts at around £25 to £30 per board. This will get you a great-looking deck that lasts for years with virtually zero maintenance.


The average lifespan of a timber deck is 10 to 15 years. This depends on the quality of the wood you’ve chosen, and how well you keep up with maintaining the rigorous maintenance schedule that comes with hardwood decking.

Alternatively, composite decking can last for 25-30 years and still look as beautiful as when it was first installed!

There really is no competition between composite decking and timber decking for its incredible lifespan.

Thinking of adding a deck to your property?

Browse our decking products or call the DeckPlus team on 0800 028 8756 to discuss your project with a decking expert!