Composite Deck Solid is one of our composite decking offerings. Composite decking has its own place in the decking market. Sometimes softwood and hardwood deckboards are not suitable for some installations, maybe the boards are not durable enough or maybe there are stringent budget constraints. You might have used softwood decking before and found that your garden was too damp an environment, the boards became slippery and didn’t last as long as anticipated. While we have 15 Year Warranty Softwood, durable Hardwood and Millboard decking as options you might also want to consider this composite decking.
Composite Deckboard – green credentials
These composite deckboards are made primarily from a mix of approximately 60% recycled hardwood fibres and 40% recycled polyethylene. The raw materials are mixed with a bonding agent, colour tint and other additives. Then an anti-UV agent is added during manufacture and this helps the boards to resist colour fading. However, there will be some fading of colour over time, but this should not detract too much from the appearance. It will be more of a weathering look that occurs in areas exposed to prolonged direct sunlight.
Composite Deck Solid
Our composite deck range includes both hollow and solid deck-boards. The solid core boards feature no significant voids in the boards structure, therefore offering greater strength and better sound absorption. The top of the board features the narrow spaced grooves which provide an anti-slip surface. The underside of these solid core boards feature wider spaced grooves. After fitting these deckboards there is no need to cap the ends of the decking boards. Alternatively the deck can be designed for boards to be run along the outside of the main deck and then mitred into the main run of decking, creating a picture-frame effect.
Solid composite deck boards are available in 2.4 metre or 4.0 metre lengths. We normally keep the 4.0 metre bullnose deckboards in stock. Board sizes are more precise than softwood, the boards are 150mm wide with a depth of 25mm. These boards are designed to be fixed with the narrow grooves upwards, it provides a better grip than the other side.
Composite Deck Colours
These deckboards are now available in eight popular colours. These colours are charcoal, coffee, olive green, light grey, stone grey, ivory, redwood and teak. While manufacturing processes and raw materials are strictly controlled there may be slight colour variations between boards from different production batches. This is not unusual, it also applies to fibre cement and artificial grass products. More details on the Hollow Core composite decking can be found here.
Building your composite deck
Building a composite deck is very similar to constructing a wooden decking. However, some notable construction differences include not laying boards in cold weather and more precise spacing between boards.
All the deck boards should be fixed to timber joists or composite joists such as Plaswood. Joist spacing should be a maximum of 400mm. The composite boards are secured to the supporting joists with t clips and stainless steel screws. Some doubling-up of joists may be required on larger decks where two butt ends meet. This is because each butt end must be supported by its own T-Clip and a 8mm gap must be left to allow for drainage and expansion. By using the T-Clips you should ensure a gap of at least 7mm between the board edges. See our Installation Guide web-page for more details.
10 Year Manufacturers Guarantee
Finally, these solid core composite deckboards are quality products that are manufactured to set specifications. They are warranted to be free from material defects in both workmanship and materials. Terms and conditions for this guarantee are available at the manufacturers website here. You will need to comply with these conditions to be eligible for the Manufacturer warranty. Southern Timber is not a party to any warranty offered by the Manufacturer, so cannot accept any liability.
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