Which is Better: Timber or Composite Decking?

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There is an abundance of different decking materials available, which often leaves buyers overwhelmed when choosing a solution. There are so many composite products and timber varieties to choose from, making the right decision can be arduous. 

Both hardwood and composite decking have unique benefits, quality and cost are not the only influencing factors. 

Here are the top 4 aspects to consider when choosing a decking solution:


Timber has been the staple decking solution for a long time because of its aesthetic appeal and natural beauty. On the other hand, Composite decking is a manufactured product and mimics natural timber colours and grains. Both timber decking and composite decking have their respective benefits. 

The main benefits of composite decking are that it is insect and rot-resistant. Composite decking also requires low maintenance, and as such, does not require sanding, refinishing, or staining. However, composite decking cost more than timber decking.

Timber decking, on the other hand, is mostly preferred because of its natural and warm appearance. The type of timber will determine the required maintenance and durability. Timber decking is also reliable and robust. It is also relatively easier to maintain.

When comparing the two materials in terms of maintenance, composite decking is easier to maintain than timber. Timber requires resealing, resurfacing, and cleaning through the product lifespan. Wood is not prone to mould growth, unlike composite. 


Both materials expand and contract differently, and as such, their installation is not entirely the same. It is important to note that wood is more flexible than composite. Therefore, composite decking may require joints and fixings. Also, composite decking is more comfortable to install than timber decking. 


Composite decking is generally more expensive than timber, almost double the price. Although composite decking has a longer lifespan than timber decking, it is the more economically viable solution. Timber decking may be more practical if your budget is tight, but bear in mind that the lifespan is significantly shorter than composite decking. 

Environmental Friendliness

In terms of environmental friendliness, it isn’t easy to state, which is better. Timber is renewable and often prepared from plantations. Also, timber is more straightforward to manufacture than composite; hence the manufacturing process saves more energy than composite decking.

Composite, on the other hand, is made from a mix of timber fibres and plastic materials. Most manufacturers believe that composite is more environmentally friendly than timber because it reduces the demand for virgin timber. Composite decking is made from recycled plastics and woods, which makes them more environmentally friendly. 

The information provided above helps you make an informed decision and select the best decking for your home. It is also essential to also consider what the material is to be used to narrow the search for an ideal one. 

Timber decking and composite deckings are excellent materials and ideal for your home, each with its unique benefits.