Composite decking compared to wood material

Beautiful terraces can be made from either timber or composite decking. Some of the reasons why composite decking has grown in popularity include: a splinter free surface, low-maintenance, the potential for fresh new outdoor design, and good friction properties when wet. Perhaps an even more relevant issue is that most composite decking is made using recycled materials, helping to reduce pollution and waste – learn more from this page.


Composite decking board: UPM ProFi

  1. Easy to maintain and keep clean: no sanding, oiling, painting required
  2. Available in a wide range of designs: also light shades which stay cooler
  3. Safe surface: no splinters, good slip resistance, even when wet
  4. Sustainable solution: made with recycled materials, which are non-toxic and PVC free


Traditional timber: hardwood or softwood

  1. May splinter, split and deform over time
  2. Oiling, sanding, painting required periodically
  3. Greying effect under sunlight
  4. Slippery when wet
  5. Toxic chemicals may be used with impregnated boards