Frequently Asked Questions
Composite decking is an advanced material that moulds together plastic resin with wood and wood fibres. This combination allows for an authentic looking product with a dramatically longer life span than traditional wood decking. As it is made from recycled materials, it is also good for the environment.
Unlike traditional decking, composite decking does not become slippery when wet. Composite decking absorbs significantly less water than traditional materials and also limits the growth of fungi and mould which can make the surface slippery. This gives you a safe and secure platform to walk on, making it suitable for children and the elderly.
Composite decking is simple to install and does not need any specialist knowledge to be able to make your outdoor space look great.
Composite decking is designed to cut like wood, so if you’re comfortable with a saw then you’ll be more than happy to install this decking. It also has the benefit of having no splinters and will not split like traditional wood, making it even easier to fit. There is also the added advantage of not needing to treat it when instaling, shaving off many hours of work that you would have to undertake if using the traditional approach.
The main advantage to composite decking is its longevity. Gone are the hours of sanding and coating every year, composite decking is designed to wear better than traditional materials with none of the hassle that goes with annual maintenance. It also eliminates the problems of warping, splitting and woodworm, giving you a high quality decking that lasts.
The expected lifespan of our composite decking is 20 years and it comes with a 10 year manufacturers guarantee, giving you the peace of mind that your decking will not need to be replaced for a long time.
Generally a power wash with a recommended composite decking cleaner solution a couple of times a year is all that’s needed. To reduce the risk of staining, regularly removing or brushing of debris on the deck will stop the objects rotting and marking the decking area and reduce the amount of times heavier cleaning is required.
Composite decking has a real wood content and is designed to look just like the real thing. You can choose from a range of colours including Charcoal, Oak, Redwood or Grey so that you can get the finish that you desire with all of the added benefits that come with choosing composite decking over traditional wood. We have a long list of testimonials from customers who are delighted with the look and feel of their decking, making this a great alternative to real wood for a stylish outdoor space.
Composite Decking is perfect for any outdoor space, from an open patio area that is ideal for entertaining to housing a hot tub in the back garden. Because of its anti-slip properties, composite decking is especially beneficial in this situation.
It can also be used to add life and vibrancy to any garden, whether you want an area for hosting or somewhere quiet to take in the scenery.
It is also ideal for entertainment venues such as bars and restaurants with an outdoor area, and its low maintenance properties will save you money on costly annual upkeep.
SAiGE Longlife Decking is suitable for use around hot tubs and swimming pool as it has excellent anti- slip properties, no splinters and low water absorption rates and will outlive any timber alternative. SAiGE would always recommend using solid decking boards if the hot tub is going to sit on top of the decking due to the weight. A better option would be to have a sunken hot tub where the decking is built around the hot tub rather than sitting directly on top of the decking. We would always recommend calling one of our team for further advice regarding installation if you plan to use SAiGE decking around a swimming pool or hot tub.
In brief no, we do not have a minimum order quantity however full carriage is charge for small top up orders. Due to the size of the boards we are restricted on which delivery methods we can use as the boards are classed as an oversized load. Therefore, we always encourage customer to carefully calculate how many boards are required prior to placing the order to avoid additional carriage costs.
Please note that the boards will fade by approximately 10%-15% after installation within the first 2-3 months, after this the colour pigments stabilise.
- The hollow boards have a hollow core and a grove in the side profile whereas the solid boards are solid throughout.
- The hollow boards are recommended for residential and light commercial use whereas the solid boards are designed with commercial projects in mind. This being said, we would recommend using the solid boards for any edging of steps.
- The hollow boards are fixed with a hidden clip fixing system and the solid boards are face fixed with colour coded screws.
- The hollow boards will expand and contract more than the solid boards.
- The solid boards are more expensive than the hollow boards.
- Composite Decking boards expand and contract due to variations in temperature. The composite boards will be at their biggest when hottest and when they cool they reduce in size. Our stainless steel clips control the movement of the hollow boards making correct installation imperative.
- Composite Decking boards do not always return to their original positions after expansion and contraction therefore sometimes you can get different expansion and contraction gaps occurring within your decking.
- The majority of composite decking installations are completed on timber subframes. As composite boards are no- porous (water absorption rates of up to 0.8%) than traditional timber decking boards they prevent as much water soaking through the boards and onto the subframe underneath meaning a timber subframe will last longer than if conventional timber decking is used.
- Alternatively, for a completely wood free solution we can offer SAiGE Aluminium subframes. Click HERE for more information.
SAiGE Decking do not recommend using composite batons as using 2 composite materials means the boards and the subframe contract and expand at different rates in different temperatures.
There can sometimes be variations in colour from batch to batch therefore we would always recommend carefully calculating the quantity of decking required before placing your order.
Yes if you have a decking area where you’re using solid and hollow boards and need to join these that’s no problem. We can supply specialized clips that allow the two boards to be used in conjunction with one another.