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Composite Vs Timber: 5 Main Differences 

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Composite Vs Timber: 5 Main Differences 

Whether you’re searching for stock for your business or planning a landscaping project, you may be wondering what’s the difference between composite and timber? Quite a lot, is the answer. In this article, we’ll take you through what sets composite apart from timber, so you can choose which material will suit you or your customers best. 

What It’s Made From 

The biggest difference between the two materials is what they are made from. Timber is a wholly natural material, simply wood with nothing added to it – and it’s safe to say that timber has long been a popular material in landscaping and construction for centuries. Composite, however, goes one step further by combining recycled wood fibers with recycled plastics, making it a sustainable option. This creates the perfect combination, giving the natural aesthetic of wood but without some of the issues that come with natural timber – such as rotting, warping, twisting, mould or splinters – giving it an edge that is only increasing its popularity. 

Long-term Upkeep 

The simple truth is that timber requires a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good and performing well. Being an entirely natural product, timber is susceptible to rotting, mould and fungal growth due to its high water absorption rates. This means the timber will need regular wood treatment, sealing, staining and damaged boards are likely to need replacing frequently. In comparison, composite wood requires much less maintenance than timber – in fact, all composite needs is the occasional sweep and wash to keep it looking good for years to come. Thanks to the recycled plastic content, composite does not have the pitfalls that natural wood encounters, and requires far less maintenance.

Anti-slip Properties 

We’re no strangers to wind and rain here in the UK, and when bad weather strikes, timber decking can become very slippery and cause a potential safety hazard. Natural timber is prone to algae and fungal growth, making the surface even more slippery in wet conditions. Composite decking, however, has excellent anti-slip properties in both dry and wet conditions. These anti-slip properties, and the fact composite decking is splinter-free, make it the perfect solution for hot tubs and swimming pools. 


Natural timber needs regular treatment to keep mould at bay. The low water absorption rates of composite wood make it resistant to mould and fungus. These properties mean composite boards will not rot, warp, or twist and will outlive traditional timber alternatives.

Durability & Longevity 

Wood plastic composite is exceptionally durable and long lasting, making it an excellent alternative to traditional timber. With an expected lifespan of over 20 years and minimal maintenance requirements, composite products provide the perfect long-life solution and will outlive traditional timber alternatives.   

Searching for a reliable supplier of composite products? Here at SAiGE, we supply high-quality composite landscaping products to merchants, timber yards, trade and domestic customers across the UK. Order a sample today to see up-close if our products are right for you – just get in touch to find out more. We’re always happy to advise. 

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