Composite Decking For Commercial Applications

Composite decking is a functional and durable solution for commercial businesses. Whether you want to expand your seating area or looking for a low-maintenance solution, commercial composite decking from Ecoscape offers various design possibilities that last for years.

This article will outline the many applications and benefits of commercial composite. Continue reading to learn more about this eco-friendly and durable commercial application.


What is Commercial Composite Decking?

Composite decking boards are engineered from recycled materials like polymer plastics and wood fibres. Composite decking has completely changed the landscape of home and commercial decking, providing a robust product that is durable, long-lasting, and offers minimal upkeep.

Composite decking is more weather-resistant, water-resistant, and rot-resistant and does not splinter like natural wood decking boards due to the components used to manufacture it.

You also have an array of options for your composite deck boards regarding the design, colours, and natural wood-like texture to best suit your business design preference.


Why Include a Commercial Composite Deck?

Composite decking is a popular option for many homeowners and can elevate the look and feel of any commercial space. Commercial composite decking is an investment that pays for itself, and here is why:

Practical Outdoor Space

Installing commercial composite decking in your commercial space is an opportunity to take an unused area and turn it into a functional outdoor space. Since commercial composite decking is durable and easy to clean, areas with heavy traffic will not damage the outdoor flooring and are less prone to wear and tear.

Increased Seating Capacity

Commercial composite decking doubles your square footage regardless of whether your business is in the hospitality industry, such as a restaurant or cafe. This leaves room to add additional seating outdoors, increasing the number of patrons and your revenue.

Dividing your Outdoor Space into Zones

Composite decking allows you to zone off your outdoor space into various spaces. You can design your composite deck to divide your outdoor space into a smoking zone, an outdoor lunch area for office workers or a pet-friendly outdoor space.

Composite decking is scratch and stain-resistant, so there is no need to worry about pets accidentally scratching the deck’s surface.


Hospitality Composite Decking

Cafes and restaurants often expect a high volume of patrons and customers, which could cause wear and tear on your existing outdoor flooring. Outdoor dining areas will benefit from composite decking while enjoying the aesthetics of natural wood decks without the hassle of gruesome maintenance routines.

Ecoscape commercial composite decking is weather and UV-resistant, comes with a hardwearing finish, and has anti-slip features, ideally suited for heavy traffic areas. The Clarity and Forma composite boards have a textured woodgrain finish and a higher-level grip to prevent accidental slips, and this is ideal for high-traffic areas and outdoor spaces with stairs.

Since composite decking boards are engineered to resist stains from food and liquid spills, simply scrub the composite deck with warm soapy water and a thorough rinse, and you will be good to go the following day.


Composite Decking For Public Outdoor Spaces

Hotels and wellness spas would benefit from composite decking around pools, hot tubs, and spaces that experience high volumes of foot traffic. Unlike traditional timber decking, composite decking does not absorb moisture causing it to swell and eventually splinter.

Composite decking does expand and contract because of temperature changes. It is water resistant, easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing, making it the perfect choice for pools, jacuzzis and hot tubs.


Benefits of Composite Decking for Commercial Applications

Commercial composite decking has many benefits to suit every business industry.

  1. Easy To Install

Commercial composite decking has advanced to the point where installation is a breeze. No matter the design, composite decking boards can be cut to any size and pattern.

Installation is straightforward compared to timber decking. It is also manufactured without the knots or defects you would find with wooden decking boards that could hamper the installation process.

Since composite decking boards are engineered with such precision, you can expect the installation to be accurate and quick, saving you time and money.

  1. Composite Decking Lasts Longer and Comes With Warranties

Installing commercial composite decking in your outdoor business space, you want a long-lasting product, whether you expand an outdoor area or renovate your space. When using composite decking in commercial applications, you’ll have peace of mind about the product’s durability.

Ecoscape provides warranties for its commercial composite decking boards. If you register your Forma composite products within 90 days of installation, you’ll receive a 25-year limited warranty, depending on the installation application of the decking boards. You can expect your commercial composite decking to last between 20 to 30 years.

  1. Low Maintenance

Traditional wooden decks must be maintained, sealed, cleaned, and stained to prevent the structure from decay, insect infestation and pesky mould issues. On the other hand, commercial composite decking requires a deep clean at least twice a year, but other than that, no laborious maintenance tasks are needed.

Composite decking does not fade, and there is no need to sand, paint, or seal your deck. You can wipe any accidental food and liquid spills with a damp cloth or paper towel, and any grease or oil spills can be washed off with warm soapy water.

  1. Durable

Commercial composite decking has an impressive number of “resistant”. Not only is it rot resistant, UV resistant, and water resistant, but it is also fire resistant. This means that the composite decking materials used are engineered to slow the spread of a fire, unlike timber decking.

The composite decking boards’ colour and finish will not fade, and the boards will not crack, warp, or splinter. Commercial composite products have an impermeable barrier that prevents moisture absorption.

Wood decking boards swell and expand when they absorb moisture. When they dry, the wood boards crack and split open. Since they are way more durable and robust, you will never have to worry about replacing commercial composite decking boards.

  1. Reduced Liability

It is crucial that businesses adhere to health and safety regulations and provide a safe environment for customers and workers. The potential risk of slipping and falling because of a warped or cracked deck could spur legal action. After all, the safety of customers and patrons is a top priority for any business in every industry.

Commercial composite decking has a non-slip surface that reduces the danger of severe slips, which are common with wet recycled hardwood decks. There are no exposed nails, splits and splinters that could harm little feet and paws.

  1. Design Flexibility

Although timber decking can be painted and requires staining in various colours and finishes, the drawback is keeping up with the maintenance and new coatings when the colour begins to fade. The advantage of commercial composite decking is that various colours and finishes will not fade.

Ecoscape’s commercial decking is available in grey, brown, black and even a realistic wood effect.

  1. Eco-friendly

An appealing feature of commercial composite decking is that it is eco-friendly and sustainable. It is manufactured from recycled plastics and wood fibres, a fantastic way to protect the environment.

Using ethically sourced composite materials is the perfect solution for businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise the negative environmental impact.


What Are the Disadvantages of Commercial Composite Decking?

While the benefits of installing commercial composite decking are clear, there are a few disadvantages too.

Commercial composite decking is not the cheapest application available due to the production costs associated with the manufacturing process. The installation cost will vary slightly and be based on individual circumstances.

It’s not all doom and gloom; the costs associated with installing a commercial composite deck essentially pay for themselves in the long run because of its durability and low-maintenance features.



Is a composite deck a good investment?

Even though commercial composite decking is pricier than traditional wood decking, composite decking boards’ effectiveness and resemblance to hardwood make them the ideal solution for businesses that experience a lot of foot traffic daily. The longevity, minimal upkeep, and durability outweigh the upfront costs in the long run.

What do you put under composite decking?

A layer of landscaping or weed control mat is placed on the ground before pea gravel, exposed soil that absorbs water and provides drainage, or stone is placed on the ground cover. Paving stones will be placed on the softer ground to protect the joists and structure.

Can composite decking be laid directly on concrete?

A composite deck can be built on top of concrete, provided a substructure is built to allow sufficient drainage and airflow. Concrete surfaces provide a dry, robust, stable foundation ideal for composite decking.

Does composite decking expand more than wood?

Our composite decking boards expand and contract but not to the extent that timber decking does. Ecoscape composite decking boards are water-resistant, so they do not absorb moisture when it expands. Expansion happens when the weather temperature is too hot, and contraction happens when temperatures are cold.

How do I stop my composite deck from scratching?

Commercial composite decking does not scratch or scuff easily. however, if you have a seating area in a restaurant or cafe, make use of furniture leg pads.


Final Thoughts

No matter the commercial project, Ecocscape commercial composite decking is the ideal solution for many businesses.

Whether you are a hotel owner looking to add composite decking to a pool or a restaurant looking to expand your outdoor seating area, Ecoscape’s composite decking is safe for your customers. It is exceptionally durable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting.

Gary is the founder and CEO of Ecoscape UK. Gary graduated from Liverpool JM University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Economics. A passion for innovation, design and sustainability, Gary has put to market numerous wpc products/systems, some of which have UK and European registered designs. Outside of work Gary enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors and watching Manchester United.