Composite vs Timber Decking

Platinum Fencing and Landscaping Ltd is highly experienced in both composite and timber decking, and can offer any advice you require when considering which is the best option for you.


Both composite and timber offer their own benefits and specific drawbacks. The right choice for your garden and family depends largely on your budget, how much time you want to dedicate to maintaining it, how long you want your deck to last, and the overall look you are trying to create.

Ultimately the cost of timber decking is considerably less that composite options however if you choose to buy timber decking, you will also need to buy stains or oil to ensure that it looks its best for longer, and there will be some further spend required over the lifetime of the decking to maintain it.

Well-maintained timber decking can last for a lifetime. Timber is easily sanded down and sections can even be replaced, so if you do suffer from rot or fungus you can treat that specific area rather than having to change your entire deck. 

Composite decking, on the other hand, will last around 20-30 years but requires less maintenance. The majority of composite decking just needs to be cleaned regularly, and there is no need to treat or stain it to prevent moisture damage. However, due to the plastic content composite decking can be more prone to scratches, which are harder to repair than on timber as you cannot sand down a composite deck to deal with superficial issues.

One of the major drawbacks of composite decking is the strength, or rather the fact that composite decking is not a structural material and requires more support than timber decking. This is easily overcome by placing joists closer together to support your decking and prevent sagging or breakages, but the additional requirements can increase the cost of your deck structure.

Both materials come with a range of options and have their own benefits and drawbacks, depending on your taste.


Composite decking is less slippery than timber and comes in a range of colours and finishes. The finish is also considerably more consistent – every board of a composite deck is the same colour and texture, whereas timber decking can have colour variations due to the natural wood and knots.


Composite decking will keep the same look and colour for longer without the need for ongoing maintenance, so if you would like a hassle-free deck this is the better choice. However, many of our clients simply prefer the look and feel of real wood.

Timber decking can result in splinters if not properly maintained and can be slippery when wet. The colours available are also more limited, but you can change the colour of your decking with stains or even paint if required.

Ultimately, material choices come down to personal preferences. If you would like a non-slip and very child-safe deck that only requires an annual wash, composite decking is the clear winner. If you prefer a traditional look and natural feel that you will not need to replace, timber decking is probably the best option for you.


Platinum Fencing and Landscaping Ltd offer a range of timber and composite decking options to suit any taste. So if you would like to know more about how we can help you transform your garden then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be more than happy to help in any way we can and look forward to helping you with your project.


Contact us today by calling 07730337029 or by using our contact form to forward your enquiry and a member of our team will be happy to assist.