How Much Does Composite Decking Cost in the UK?

A decking area is a welcome addition to any property. It helps families enjoy their outdoor space, is great for entertaining, and can even improve the value of the property.

However, decking projects are rarely cheap. If you want the best quality decking materials and safe installation, it will cost you more. This is important for the longevity of your decking area.

This article will look at the costs associated with decking in the UK and answer any questions you have.

 

How Much Is Composite Decking Per Length

The prices for composite decking vary depending on the manufacturer, range, and board size.

At Ecoscape, our decking board sizes include:

  • 3m
  • 3.6m
  • 4.8m

You can see our composite decking prices per square metre below. If you would like us to provide you with a deck cost, please get in touch. We offer free samples and with our decking calculator, we can provide a price for all the components needed to create your deck.

 

 

How Much Is Composite Decking Per M2?

At Ecoscape, we have three ranges of composite decking. Our basic Clarity composite decking boards are made with 45% recycled HDPE, and 55% reclaimed wood fibres. The dual-finish decking boards have a narrow and wide groove pattern, and they come with a 20-year warranty.

The cost per square metre for Ecoscape Clarity composite decking boards is £41.55.

The Forma decking range uses the same high-quality boards as the Clarity collection. However, these boards are capped. This means they are wrapped in a durable HDPE coating that gives them greater durability.

The cost per square metre for Ecoscape Forma composite decking boards is £66.12

The final option we offer is the Grande composite decking board. This is the same as the capped Clarity collection, but each board is 50% wider.

The cost per square metre for Ecoscape Grande composite decking boards is £69.58.

 

Which Brand Of Composite Decking Is The Best In The UK?

Here at Ecoscape, we like to think we offer the best composite decking in the UK. This is because it’s built to an extremely high standard and offers a range of benefits. These include:

These are just some of the reasons to invest in our high-quality composite decking. Our team is available to help with a composite decking price.

 

How Much Are Decking T-clips And How Many Are Needed Per m2?

To properly install composite decking, you will need T-clips. On average, you will need around 12 fixing clips per board or 23 for every square metre.

Using our decking calculator is easy. It will help you to accurately work out the materials and accessories required to build your decking area.

We offer a range of essential accessories which are needed when installing composite decking, including the following clips:

 

Is Composite Decking Expensive To Ship?

Shipping costs vary depending on the supplier and the volume of what you’re buying. Decking is a large and heavy material sometimes taking up 5 pallet spaces. We currently offer a handball service nationwide. Because of this, you can expect to pay high shipping prices.

 

 

 

How Many Years Will Composite Decking Last?

Composite decking is designed to last a long time with minimal maintenance. Due to this, the Ecoscape Clarity range comes with a 20-year warranty. The Forma and Grande collections both have a 25-year warranty.

The slightly longer warranty on the Forma and Grande decking boards is because they’re capped. This adds an additional layer of protection.

In some cases, well-maintained composite decking can last beyond 30 years.

The cost of Ecoscape composite decking boards are extremely competitive for the quality of product on offer.

 

How Much Will I spend On The Maintenance Of Composite Decking Over Its Lifespan?

Composite decking maintenance is minimal compared to wooden alternatives. You won’t have to pay for stains or paint for composite decks. Weatherproofing and protection from wood-boring insects are also not needed.

You can use either composite cleaning solutions or warm water and mild soap to clean a composite deck.

On average, you can expect composite decking costs of up to £250 for cleaning materials over your deck’s 25-year lifespan. You would expect to pay two to three times this amount every few years maintaining timber decking.

 

Is Uncapped Composite Decking Cheaper Than Capped?

Uncapped composite is cheaper than capped composite decking. Our uncapped composite deck boards cost £41.55 per m2. Our Capped composite decking prices start at £66.12. Although the cost of our capped products is more, you are receiving additional benefits such as UV stability and scratch and stain resistant properties.

 

 

Why Is Co-extrusion Composite Decking Expensive?

Co-extrusion technology is used to cap our composite deck boards. This coats the full board in durable HDPE that is 1mm thick and offers a range of benefits.

Capped composite deck boards are more stain and scratch resistant, and this keeps them looking good for longer.

They offer greater slip resistance and also come with a 25-year colour warranty to protect against fading.

 

Where Can I Buy Composite Decking From?

Buying composite decking from Ecoscape is easy. You can use our decking calculator to work out the cost of boards and accessories needed. This will also provide a quote for our composite decking prices.

You will also be provided with a complete composite decking installation guide. This makes installing composite decking easy and ensures you don’t invalidate your warranty.

You’ll find everything you need here at Ecoscape. We have all the essentials for a secure substructure and to finish your decking project. This includes:

  • plastic Joists
  • plastic Battens
  • Clips
  • Edge Boards
  • Angle Trims
  • Fascia Trims
  • Plastic Posts

 

Is It Cheaper To Buy Angle Trims Or Fascia Trims?

Angle trims are cheaper options than fascia trims, but it will be entirely up to you which you prefer. Fascia trims are said to provide an elevated, more complete look but can add to the cost of your project.

 

 

How Much Does A Deck Cost?

There are no set costs for how much composite decking costs to install. The size of the project and the quality of materials will play a significant part in the overall cost.

Labour costs for a decking installer are typically around £150 to £200 per day. It typically takes between 1 and 3 days to install garden decking. This is based on 10-30m2, we would advise you obtain a price from a contractor.

The size of the area and other complications can impact this. Square or rectangle decking is easier to install than complicated shapes or working around obstacles. This will all impact installation costs.

Your substructure material will also determine the total cost of your decking. A wood decking substructure is cheaper than plastic or metal alternatives. However, it will result in significantly higher maintenance costs. Ecoscape is on hand to help you price your decking costs.

Plastic substructures won’t rot and can be an excellent way to support your composite boards. Our 50x50mm plastic joists start at £8.98+vat, which makes them competitively priced when comparing to timber.

Then you have the decking ranges to choose from. The average price of composite decking will vary depending on if it’s capped or uncapped.

A 15 square metre decking area using Ecoscape’s Forma boards would cost £991.80.

This could take as little as two days, costing around £400 for labour. Indicative price, please speak with your contractor in regards to installations costs and prices.

There will also be additional costs for essential items, including:

  • Joists
  • Pedestals
  • Battens
  • Support Posts
  • Trims
  • Clips
  • Screws
  • Ground Prep Materials

 

On average, you could expect these additional costs to be between £500 to £1,000.

It’s not unreasonable to budget between £2,500 and £3,000 for a 25m2 decked area. You can speak to local tradespeople to get a better idea of labour costs. You can also explore the materials you need using a decking calculator for a more precise quote. Wood decking, especially softwoods will be cheaper than composite decks but in the long run will cost you more as you pay a higher price on maintenance costs.

 

FAQs

Is composite decking more cost-effective than timber decking?

Timber decking requires less of an initial outlay than composite decking. Unless you are choosing hard wood decking. However, the lower maintenance of composite decks will save you money over time.

Composite materials can cope with bad weather and are an excellent alternative to wood.

You won’t have to spend lots of time and money treating composite, and it will still have a long lifespan. Composite systems are also quicker to fit, resulting in a cheaper price on your installation.

 

Do you need planning permission for decking in a garden area?

You only require planning permission in the UK if the decking is going to be over 30cm above the ground.

 

Can I save money by buying cheaper accessories and substructures?

You should ensure all aspects of your decking installation make use of high-quality materials. This will ensure it lasts longer and meets the warranty conditions. The cheapest option might not perform to the same standards and could cause performance issues.

 

 

Final Thoughts

A composite deck is often seen as a more expensive option than a traditional wood deck, but it comes with significant benefits.

The price of our composite decking per square metre is competitive and affordable. The long warranty and extensive testing ensure it’s suitable for UK decking projects.

The money saved on maintenance reduces the decking cost and makes it cheaper than wood decking over time. The time and hassle saved by not having to treat or paint your deck every year will be worth the money alone.

As you can see by the prices mentioned above, you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy a high-quality deck in your garden area.

Explore our amazing collection of decking boards and find the perfect style and colour for your home today.

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.