How is Composite Decking Made?

All composite decking is made of a combination of wood fibres and plastic that together create a robust and durable decking material. It is also often referred to as wood polymer composite decking (WPC decking), recycled decking, plastic composite decking, or synthetic decking. At Ecoscape UK, our attractive composite decking boards are made of 55% hardwood fibres from reclaimed materials and 45% high-density recycled polyethylene, a plastic mostly obtained from recycled plastic milk and water bottles.

As well as being made from ethically sourced materials, our composite decking boards are environmentally friendly, containing no PVC or toxic materials that could leak into your garden or outdoor area. Other elements of our composite decking include high-quality colour pigment and bonding agents. When combined, the finished product possesses all of the workable qualities of wood, with the robust durability of synthetic materials resulting in a 20 year plus life span.

All of our composite decking is FSC Certified too, meaning that the manufacturing process and the wood used to make the boards meet the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.

 

How are composite decking boards made?

Composite decking is made by combining all of the raw materials and then putting them through an extruder, which melts the mixture and pushes it through a ‘die’ to form the board’s shape. This process is known as co-extrusion and can be taken further by capping a composite polypropylene shell around the board which ensures a long-lasting decking material. Our composite decking boards require minimum maintenance and have plenty of advantages when compared to timber wood decking.

Also, for improved colour stability, the composite material that makes our Ecoscape WPC decking contains less lignin than wood. This is the component that contributes to wood products greying over time due to UV exposure. This means our composite decking materials boast a strong natural resistance to the ‘greying’ process and can continue to look great year after year.

Ewa studied Law at the University of Gdansk, Poland before moving to sunny England and joining the Ecoscape team in the summer of 2016 as a sales assistant. If you even call in and she isn’t at her desk – call the search party! Lives and breathes Ecoscape and loves the occasional ‘Fat Friday’ treat.