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Composite vs Wooden Decking – Why Composite Decking is Perfect for Outdoor Living

Composite vs Wooden Decking – Why Composite Decking is Perfect for Outdoor Living

When it comes to decking materials, the debate between traditional wood and modern composite decking has been ongoing. At General Hardware Supplies, we firmly believe that composite decking is the superior choice for your outdoor living spaces. With our comprehensive range of composite decking options, including Brown, Charcoal, and Grey, we provide a selection of top-quality products that offer exceptional durability, low maintenance, and unmatched aesthetic appeal.


1. Durability and Longevity

One of the primary reasons why composite decking outshines traditional wood is its exceptional durability and longevity. Our composite decking boards are engineered from a blend of recycled wood fibres and high-quality synthetic materials, creating a product that is resistant to the common issues faced by wood decking.

Wood decking is susceptible to rotting, warping, splintering, and insect infestations. These problems can compromise the structural integrity of the deck and lead to expensive repairs or replacements. In contrast, composite decking is designed to withstand the test of time. It resists rot, decay, and pests, ensuring that your deck remains sturdy and beautiful for years to come.

With our range of composite decking, you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment will last, even in the challenging Irish outdoor conditions. Whether you're dealing with heavy rainfall, humidity, or extreme temperature fluctuations, our composite boards will retain their shape, strength, and visual appeal.


 2. Low Maintenance

Another significant advantage of composite decking is its low maintenance requirements. Unlike wood decking, which demands regular staining, sealing, and painting to maintain its appearance, composite boards are virtually maintenance-free.

Wood decks require periodic treatments to protect them from moisture, UV rays, and natural wear and tear. Failing to provide these treatments can result in a dull and weathered deck that loses its charm over time. However, with our composite decking, you can say goodbye to labour-intensive maintenance tasks.

Cleaning composite decking is a breeze. Simply wash it periodically with soap and water to remove dirt, spills, and stains. Composite boards are engineered to resist mould, mildew, and fading, making them ideal for homeowners who prefer to spend their time enjoying their deck rather than maintaining it.

By choosing composite decking, you'll have more time to relax, entertain, and make lasting memories with family and friends, rather than worrying about sanding, staining, or sealing your deck every year.


3. Aesthetics and Customisation

At General Hardware Supplies, we understand that aesthetics play a vital role in deck design. That's why we offer a range of composite decking colours to suit various design preferences. Our Brown, Charcoal, and Grey options provide versatile choices that seamlessly blend with any outdoor setting.

The beauty of composite decking lies in its ability to mimic the natural appearance of wood while offering superior performance. Whether you prefer the warm, earthy tones of Brown, the sleek and modern look of Charcoal, or the timeless elegance of Grey, our composite boards are designed to create a visually stunning outdoor space.

Moreover, composite decking allows for customisation and creativity. You can mix and match different colours or create captivating patterns to make your deck truly unique. The versatility of composite materials empowers you to design a deck that reflects your personal style and complements the architectural features of your home.

With our composite decking, you can enjoy the beauty of a wood-inspired deck without the drawbacks. No more worries about splinters, fading, or inconsistent colouration. Our composite boards maintain their vibrant hues and natural appeal, providing a beautiful and inviting outdoor space year after year.


4. Environmental Sustainability

In addition to their durability and low maintenance benefits, composite decking is also an environmentally conscious choice. Our composite boards are crafted from a combination of recycled materials, including reclaimed wood fibres and recycled plastics. By utilising these materials, we reduce the demand for new timber resources and minimise waste. Choosing composite decking over traditional wood helps conserve forests, protect natural habitats, and promote a more sustainable future.

Furthermore, composite decking does not require the use of chemical treatments or sealants that may harm the environment. By opting for composite materials, you can enjoy a beautiful deck while minimising your ecological footprint.


When it comes to decking, General Hardware Supplies firmly advocates for the superiority of composite materials over traditional wood. With our range of composite decking options in Brown, Charcoal, and Grey, you can create a durable, low-maintenance, and visually stunning outdoor space.

Composite decking surpasses wood decking in terms of durability, longevity, low maintenance, and customisation options. It withstands the  challenges of outdoor conditions without compromising its beauty or structural integrity. Enjoy your deck without the constant need for staining, sealing, or painting.

By choosing composite decking, you're making an environmentally responsible choice. Our composite boards are made from recycled materials, reducing the demand for new resources and minimising waste.

Visit General Hardware Supplies in-store today to explore our comprehensive range of composite decking products or contact us for a bespoke quote for your project by filling out our quote request form, emailing or calling 069 77978

Embark on a transformative journey towards an exceptional outdoor living experience. Invest in the long-term beauty and functionality of your deck with composite materials that offer durability, low maintenance, and timeless appeal. Create memories and enjoy outdoor living at its finest with General Hardware Supplies' superior composite decking solutions.

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