Eco Deck Vs Timber

Eco Deck Vs Timber – What’s the difference?

Once upon a time, it was easy to choose what to build your deck out of.

You simply needed to choose what type of timber you wanted your deck built out of, and then get your builder (or in our case, your Alfresco specialists) to do the rest. 

These days we have more choices, with composite decking, commonly referred to as eco decking, readily available.

So, what is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other? 

Let’s start by looking at the benefits of timber decking.

Timber is a natural product and a renewable source, making it environmentally friendly. Plus, the methods used to harvest, mill and transport timber are supposed to use less energy than the methods involved in producing eco decking.

If you maintain your timber deck properly it can last the lifetime of your home. Plus it can be painted or stained to suit your personal taste and/or needs – or you can highlight its natural finish with a clear lacquer.

Finally, many would argue that timber has a natural beauty is unique and cannot be replicated.


And what about eco decking?

Eco decking can look very similar to natural timber, and it comes in a variety of finishes, so you have some flexibility in your design requirements.

One of the main benefits of eco decking is that it is considered to be rot and insect resistant, and is relatively maintenance free. Not having to repaint or re-stain sounds pretty good!

When it comes to the environment, the eco deck also has some plusses. Why? Because it’s made from plastic and timbre fibres that are timber by-products. Also, in a lot of cases, the plastic used in making the eco decking is recycled plastic.

Both timber decking and eco decking expand and shrink with the weather, however, they do so at different rates, which can cause structural and aesthetic problems. 

So there are pros and cons for both types of decking.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to your personal preference.

If you prefer low maintenance, then consider eco decking. Or if you love the natural or more traditional look then timber decking would be for you.

If you are unsure which type of decking to choose, feel free to contact our alfresco specialist, Letitia