3. Composite Decking Options
A large number of composite decking products have come to Australia in the last decade or so. They are available in lots of different shades and textures as well as widths and sizes. We find that in theory composite decking is a great idea. The use of recycled materials and the ability to provide large numbers of set lengths appeals to us greatly.
However, at Softwoods we have chosen up to this point not to stock composite decking for a number of reasons.
We’ve found that there have been issues with the quality of composite products over the years. Primarily we’ve seen the absorption of water and swelling of the boards when an end is cut.
In addition to this, we’ve been wary of stocking composite products due to how hot they become in direct sun, as well as their tendency to stain, the difficulty of removing scratches and instances of mould.
We will continue to monitor the market, and we’ve seen good improvements with a number of these issues in some products, but until there’s one that we feel is equal to or better performing than timber we will be steering clear.