Composite vs Timber Decking

Why choose composite decking over traditional timber decking? This is a common question from our customers, here are our 5 top factors when considering composite vs timber decking.


Composite decking is more expensive than timber decking initially however in the long run you are likely to save money. Composite decking does not require the costly and time consuming annual staining and treating requirements of timber decking therefore after year one you will already be gaining back the money spent on a composite option. Composite decking will also out live traditional timber alternatives with an expected lifespan of over 20 years whilst timber decking will need replacing within 5-10 years (especially if maintenance is not carried out).

Lifespan and Maintenance

Composite decking has an expected life span of over 20 years which is significantly more than traditional timber decking. In addition to this composite decking boards are very low maintenance and do not require sanding, staining and treating like traditional timber decking boards. Composite boards benefit from a good power wash annually to ensure they continue to look as good as new for years to come.

Eco-Friendly Alternative

Composite decking is made from recycled materials making it a more environmentally friendly option. SAiGE decking is made from 50% recycled wood fibres (off cuts from furniture factories which would otherwise be scrapped) and 45% recycled plastic (plastic bottles).


Composite decking offers a highly durable and long-lasting alternative to traditional timber decking. SAiGE composite decking is one of the market leading composite boards in terms of tensile strength and anti-slip testing results. Every board is fully inspected to ensure it meets our very tight quality guidelines. SAiGE hollow boards have comparable strength results to similar solid boards on the market and can be used for both residential and light commercial projects. SAiGE solid composite boards are designed with commercial projects in mind and also have an outstanding strength rating.


There are a variety of composite decking boards available in a range of colours and finishes. SAiGE offer a contemporary decking range which is available in a choice of grey, coffee or charcoal with a grooved side and an authentic woodgrain timber effect on the reverse. SAiGE also provide a rustic composite board for those looking for a more traditional weathered timber effect which is available in a choice of walnut or grey. SAiGE boards have a brushed finish to create a surface more like timber and take away the shiny surface which may otherwise be left by the recycled plastic within the boards.

For a long-lasting, low maintenance product that is going to continue to look good for years to come composite decking is definitely worth the investment.