Why composite materials are revolutionising outdoor garden

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Up until the late 1990s, we have quite limited options when it comes to designing outdoor gardens. During those times, the most used material for decking is pressure-treated wood.

But starting from the late 1990s, everything has changed. By that time, a new, revolutionizing product has emerged in the market—composite materials.

During the late 1990s, manufacturers introduced composites, also called wood-plastic composites. As the name implies, they are materials made from blending plastic and wood fibres. But how are these materials changing the trend when it comes to deck building?

Maximum Durability Against Weather

Due to global warming, the weather has been becoming more extreme and unpredictable. And outdoor spaces will take the blunt hit because of this. For this reason, many want their outdoor garden, especially their decks, to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Unlike traditional wood, composites can withstand a lot of weather abuse. It’s resistant to moisture damage, so you don’t need to worry about rain and snow. As for extreme sunlight, composites can handle heat and UV exposure quite well. Because of this, the colour fades quite slowly compared to wood. And when it comes to fading, it’s miles away better than wood. Wood turns into grey while composites only become lighter.

You also don’t have to worry about splitting when you use composites. It occurs when the boards are exposed to extreme sun and rain. This process breaks down the wood and creates splits.

Easy Installation

Way back when pressure-treated wood was the only option, installing deks are pretty straightforward. Grab a drill, a hammer, some screws, and some nails, and you’re all set. While this method of installation is still in use, it poses a few problems.

One problem is that wood can expand and compress due to various reasons. The movement of the wood can push out the nails and the screws. Another problem is that if you don’t prepare the boards for installation incorrectly, there’s a chance that it will split.

But what’s so different with composite materials? First, you don’t need to worry about expansion and compression of the boards as much as wood. Second, you have other, better options when it comes to installation. One way is by using hidden fasteners.

With hidden clips and fasteners, you can set the boards without having to drill or nail on the actual surfaces of the boards. Not only is this fastening system, but also is safer, Many homeowners also prefer decks without any trace of the screws or nails, which is only possible using hidden fasteners.


Without maintenance, traditional wood decks can deteriorate quite fast. For it to last long, you’ll need to have a schedule for regular maintenance. But let’s be honest; who has time for that? Not only do you need time, but you’ll also need supplies. Wood must be sealed and stained regularly. Over time, you will need to paint it as well.

Unlike wood, you don’t have to worry about maintenance when using composites. Of course, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to maintain a composite deck. But cleaning is easier and less time-consuming than traditional decks. With composite decking boards, you’ll only need water, a soap mixture, and a brush. That’s all. You’ll save time and money, which is why people are choosing composites over wood.

Looks and Feels Like Wood

Nothing beats wood when it comes to designing a deck. Sadly, some people don’t like the disadvantages that come with using traditional wooden boards. Here’s where composites come in.

One beauty of using composite materials is that you can achieve a wood-like deck without using actual wood. With the addition of grains, not only does it look like wood, but it also feels like wood. Another great thing is that they come in different colours and shades. Because of this, you don’t have to paint them to adjust their colour to your preferences.

Safe and Reliable

When it comes to building something, the top priority should always be safety. Wood is excellent when it comes to anti-slip. Unfortunately, if wooden decks are neglected, it can become more slippery than any other type of decking. On the other hand, composites are slightly more slippery than wood. However, it’s resistant to moisture and fungi growth. Over time, the risk of slipping becomes higher on wood than composites.

Another problem with wood, as previously mentioned, is when nails and screws push back up. It can lead to serious accidents. Traditional wooden decks are also prone to splintering, which without a doubt, everyone hates. With composites, you don’t have to worry about these problems. You can ensure a safe outdoor environment for your family.


As we experience the effects of damaging the environment, we become more and more aware. This awareness is the reason why many people look for environmentally-friendly products when purchasing something. But how can composites, a material made with plastic, become eco-friendly?

Composite materials are made with plastic and wood fibres. However, plastic fibres come from recycled plastic bags and bottles. Make them also doesn’t need cutting down more trees. Instead, manufacturers use sawdust and wood chips from furniture makers, sawmills, and other wood-related factories.

Long-lasting Materials

Building a beautiful outdoor space needs a lot of funding. Moreso when you’re building a deck. Because of this, you want to have as much value for your money. How do composites compare to traditional materials?

When building a deck made using softwoods, expect that it can last only up to 15 years. Pressure-treated woods can last longer, for a maximum of 25 years. Of course, you’ll need to maintain it yearly for the decks to reach these ages. How about composites? Composite decking can last for more than 25 years. Some manufacturers even say it can last for 50 years. This alone is reason enough for people to prefer composites than wood.

Composite materials have changed the way we look at building decks. Before, we were stuck with only a few options. But now, different kinds of composites are dominating the market. If you’re building a beautiful outdoor space, it’s worth considering using composites to build a deck.