Timbertech Decking

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Timbertech is the trade name for a type of composite decking made from a blend of recycled wood products and plastic. Composites are often thought of as environmentally friendly because of their recycled nature. In an age where the rapid cutting of old-growth forests is a major worldwide problem, recycling, rather than cutting, is becoming an increasingly attractive choice among consumers.

Another attraction of Timbertech decking, of course, is its cost. Composite materials are very popular among homeowners on a budget because they cost less to purchase than many real woods. They are also easier to handle and assemble, easier to maintain, and last just as long, if not longer, than real wood. Manufacturers of composite decking often call their products "low maintenance" because, they claim, they require a fraction of the care that wood requires.

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Most real wood decking requires periodic treatment with special water-resistant substances to keep it from rotting, cracking, splintering, or falling prey to ants and termites. These treatments are time-consuming and the products can be costly, especially if you have a large deck area to cover. Manufacturers of wood composites such as Timbertech, however, say that their products don't require these kind of treatments, only occasional cleaning.

Timbertech decking comes in different styles and colors to fit in with a variety of schemes. The decking comes in three styles: classic, tongue-and-groove with hidden fasteners, and an economical "topper" option designed for easy placement over the surface of an already existing deck. Timbertech's decking colors resist fading and come in three basic colors: grey, cedar, and redwood. A fourth color, whitesand, is for railings only.

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