Here at Lewdeck, we’re obviously big fans of composite decking. We’re a family business and for us to put our name to it, we’ve really got to be 100 per cent behind a product. But what exactly is composite decking? Well, buckle up for a brief history of this cost effective and snazzy looking product.
Ah the 90s. Home of
Toy Story, The X-Files and Friday nights down Blockbusters. Whilst most people
were out getting a ‘Rachel’ hairdo or convincing their sibling not to join a
grunge band, the clever folk at Mobil
Oil were busy figuring out how to make decking out of plastic waste and wood
scraps, creating a composite that wouldn’t rot, splinter, or require some form
of maintenance every other weekend.
In the early days, the future looked pretty rosy for
builders, home-owners and composite decking merchants as they now had access to
a environmentally sustainable product (most of the plastic in composite decking
is made of plastic that couldn’t be recycled in any other way) which didn’t
need staining, needed the bare minimum of attention, and wouldn’t fade during
the UK’s tumultuous weather.
Unfortunately, as with most revolutionary new products, there
were a few teething products to begin with.
The first composite decking boards weren’t as sturdy as the wooden ones
they were trying to replace and the wood filling often weathered and become
unsightly in a matter of years, not decades as had been promised. Usually these
new plastic affairs came in at a pretty sky-high price. That coupled with the
fact it was pretty difficult to actually fix the decking boards securely meant
it was back to the drawing board for the engineers.
Roll on the Noughties, with widespread panic about a bug that
spelled damnation for humanity (but which ended up just causing a few
lightbulbs to flicker in Japan), the birth of the smartphone, and the collapse
of the global economy. As the world stumbling through the opening chapter of
the 21st century, composite decking was taking great strides
forward. Thanks to the introduction of PVC, the boards were now tougher,
stronger and held their colour and shape like never before. There was also a
new screw that was specially adapted for composite decks which meant they now
fitted together like a dream with no chance of snags, warping or coming loose..
Although the last decade has probably seen one of your
favourite artists pass away (RIP Bowie), the going has been good for the
composite decking industry. Manufacturers are constantly working to evolve
composite decking towards its Omega point and today’s boards are unparalleled
when it comes to weatherability, colour hold and resistance to decay. Fitters
feel comfortable to offer extended warranties on their new decks and an
explosion in popularity has meant that there’s a wider range of options
than before, all at evermore affordable
prices. There’s never been a better time to buy.
Why not pop by and have a informal chat with us? We can let
you know all there is to know about our products and more importantly, what’s
best for you.