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What Composite Decking is Best?

A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the right composite decking for your outdoor space can be a daunting task, given the variety of options available. In this blog post, we'll delve into the different types of composite decking, explore the pros and cons of each, and provide a detailed review of some of the top products available from Composite Decking Company.

Understanding Wood Plastic Composites (WPC)

Wood Plastic Composites (WPC) are a blend of wood fibres and plastic that create a durable and low-maintenance decking material. WPCs are a popular choice for homeowners seeking the look of wood without the associated upkeep.

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1st Generation Composite Decking

The first generation of composite decking, introduced in the late 1990s, had several drawbacks that tarnished the reputation of composite decking:

  • Susceptibility to Mould and Mildew: Early composites were prone to mould and mildew growth, especially in damp environments.
  • Fading and Staining: These decks often faded in colour and were susceptible to staining from spills and environmental factors.
  • Surface Flaking: Over time, the surface of first-generation composites could flake and degrade, leading to an unsightly appearance.
  • Heat Retention: These decks could become uncomfortably hot in direct sunlight, making them less appealing for outdoor use.

These issues led to a perception that composite decking was inferior to traditional wood, but advancements in technology have significantly improved the quality and performance of modern composites.

Capped vs. Uncapped Decking

One of the most significant advancements in composite decking is the introduction of capped decking.

Capped Decking: This type of decking features a protective polymer shell (or "cap") that covers the core of the board. The cap provides enhanced resistance to moisture, staining, fading, and scratching. Capped decking is available in a variety of colours and finishes, offering both durability and aesthetic appeal.

Uncapped Decking: Uncapped decking lacks the protective shell, making it more susceptible to the issues that plague first-generation composites, such as mould growth, staining, and fading. While typically more affordable, uncapped decking requires more maintenance and may not last as long as capped alternatives.

Hollow vs. Solid Decking

Composite decking boards come in two main structural types: hollow and solid.

Hollow Decking: Hollow boards are lighter and easier to handle, making them a popular choice for DIY installations. They often have a more affordable price point.

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Solid Decking: Solid boards are heavier and more robust, providing a more traditional wood-like feel. They offer superior strength and durability, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. Solid boards also tend to have better sound insulation properties.

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Mineral Composites

Mineral composites are an innovative decking material made from a blend of minerals and polymers. These boards offer several advantages:

Superior Strength and Stability: Mineral composites are incredibly strong and stable, resisting warping and expansion.

Moisture Resistance: These boards are highly resistant to moisture, making them ideal for humid or rainy environments.

Natural Aesthetics: Mineral composites can mimic the appearance of natural wood, offering a variety of colours and textures.

PVC Decking

PVC decking is made entirely from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), providing a highly durable and low-maintenance option.

Moisture and Pest Resistance: PVC decking is impervious to moisture, mould, mildew, and insect damage.

Lightweight and Easy to Install: These boards are lightweight and easy to work with, making them a popular choice for DIY projects.

Variety of Styles: PVC decking is available in a wide range of colours and finishes, allowing for customization to match any outdoor décor.

Detailed Reviews of Top Composite Decking Products

Now, let's explore some of the top composite decking products available from Composite Decking Company.


NewTechWood UltraShield Decking

Overview: NewTechWood UltraShield Decking is a high-performance capped composite decking that combines the beauty of natural wood with the durability of composite materials.  It is available in three distinct ranges to meet budget and use requirements.

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Ultrashield Essentials:

Newtechwood has been designed for those seeking a balance between affordability and performance, the Essentials range provides excellent durability and low maintenance.  These boards are perfect for residential projects and offer a variety of colour options.

Ultrashield Naturale:

These boards feature a protective cap that enhances durability and resistance to stains, scratches, and UV rays. The Naturale series offers a rich, natural wood look with deep embossing for a realistic texture.

Ultrashield Pro:

The Pro series is engineered for high-traffic areas and commercial use. These boards are exceptionally strong and come with advanced UV protection to maintain their appearance over time.

Key Features:

  • Protective Cap: UltraShield features a multi-chromatic cap that provides superior resistance to staining, fading, and scratching.
  • Eco-Friendly: Made from 95% recycled materials, including reclaimed wood fibres and recycled plastic.
  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, with no need for painting, staining, or sealing.
  • Warranty: Up to 25 years, ensuring long-term peace of mind.


  • Enhanced durability and longevity.
  • Wide range of colours and finishes.
  • Environmentally friendly construction.

Millboard Decking

Overview: Millboard Decking is a premium composite decking option that combines the look of real wood with advanced composite technology.  Hand moulded from real Oak planks providing an authentic wood grain finish, available in three ranges.

Enhanced Grain:

Offers a sophisticated and contemporary look, meticulously designed to replicate the natural beauty of smooth timber.

Weathered Oak:

The Weathered Oak range captures the timeless charm of aged timber, offering a rustic and characterful appearance perfect for traditional and country-style settings.


The Lasta-Grip range combines the natural beauty of wood with enhanced slip resistance, making it ideal for areas where safety is a priority, such as poolside decks and commercial spaces.

Key Features:

  • Unique Composition: Made from a blend of polyurethane and mineral stone, providing exceptional strength and stability.
  • Realistic Wood Appearance: Hand-molded from real wood, offering an authentic wood grain finish.
  • Slip Resistance: High slip resistance, even when wet, making it ideal for poolside and high-traffic areas.
  • Warranty: 25 years, covering both residential and commercial use.


  • Superior durability and resistance to wear and tear.
  • Authentic wood look without the associated maintenance.
  • Excellent slip resistance for safety.

Fensys PVC Decking

Overview: Fensys PVC Decking is a high-quality PVC decking option known for its durability and low-maintenance properties.

Key Features:

  • PVC Construction: 100% PVC, providing excellent resistance to moisture, mould, and mildew.
  • Lightweight and Easy to Install: Ideal for DIY projects and quick installations.
  • Variety of Styles: Available in a range of colours and finishes to suit any outdoor space.
  • Warranty: 20 years, ensuring long-lasting performance.


  • Exceptional moisture and pest resistance.
  • Lightweight and easy to handle.
  • Wide range of customization options.


Choosing the best composite decking involves understanding the differences between various materials and considering factors such as durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and cost. Modern composite decking options, including capped composites, mineral composites, and PVC decking, offer significant improvements over first-generation products, addressing many of the issues that gave composite decking a bad name.

At Composite Decking Company, we offer a premium selection of decking products. Each product is designed to provide long-lasting performance, low maintenance, and stunning aesthetics, ensuring you can create the perfect outdoor space.

Explore our range today and transform your outdoor living area with the best in composite decking technology.

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