Housing Developers Turn to Non-Slip Composite Decking Due To Its Many Advantages

As the construction industry throughout the world picks up pace, the increased number of developments and redevelopments is evident across most major cities. With many apartment and new housing communities coming up, outside areas and common spaces seem to be high on developers’ agenda. Stylish outside spaces add to the value of nearby houses and apartments.

A popular element of outside area development is the use of decking, which has traditionally been timber decking. From functional barbecue and dining platforms and walkways, through to surface, tree planter and bench cladding, continuations of the timber theme are numerous. With all elements of housing development, the quality and value of materials is paramount, and as well as their longevity, their on-going safety is of prime importance also.

Timber decking is undoubtedly a warm and pleasing medium to install throughout housing developments. From apartment balconies, to garden verandas, through to seating and recreation platforms in shared outside spaces. That is why timber decking was quite popular in the country from a long time.

However, over the recent years, the shortcomings with timber decking have repeatedly come to light. To begin with, timber decking requires regular cleaning. Failure to do so encourages the growth of fungus and algae. Not only do these both contribute to discoloration, but they hold water which provokes rotting and the risk of slips and falls, something that no development company would encourage.

In addition to the afore-mentioned problems, timber decking also requires to be stained and re-sealed as often as once per year. Failure to do this can result in splitting, warping and splintering. Add to the equation that timber decking may need replacing as often as every eight to ten years and it does not present itself as a value-for-money medium.

An ideal developer’s choice is a medium that combines wood particles with PVC. Composite decking is a non-slip decking solution that can be fitted swiftly throughout any modern development or redevelopment area. Available in a selection of styles and colours, once installed, composite decking will never need to be stained or re-sealed. And because it is so hard-wearing, it will retain its shape, never warping or splintering. Also, as it is a non-slip decking solution, the benefits to developers and house-buyers alike are immeasurable.

Although the initial cost of installation might be slightly more than some timber decking systems, the extended lifespan, reduction in installation and maintenance costs, and of course, eradication of slip and injury repercussions means that non-slip composite decking is a very attractive alternative for developers across the country.