Choose Maintenance-Free Balcony Flooring
Balconies make a great addition to any home, offering you more outdoor space to relax in and enjoy the great views. Traditional flooring made from wooden decking can involve a substantial amount of maintenance. An alternative is to install composite decking, which is extremely durable and virtually maintenance-free.
What Is Composite Decking?
When you're having a balcony designed and installed, there are a number of different choices to be made, including the style of the overall construction, handrails and flooring. Balconies can be manufactured from a range of materials and in the UK steel fabrication is a popular choice. Many customers have traditionally opted for wooden decking, mainly for the style and cost factors. However, specifying composite decking could be a better option.
Composite decking is produced from a combination of wood and plastic. Often these are sourced from recycled materials, making the decking a more environmentally friendly option than wood. Depending on the supplier, it's available in a range of different colours and textures.
The Benefits of Composite Decking
Composite decking has the appearance of wood, but without the heavy maintenance regime. Even treated wood requires a great deal of maintenance. It has to be cleaned, stripped, sanded and sealed on a regular basis. Composite decking, on the other hand, simply requires a hose-down once in a while to keep it looking in good condition.
Having all the style features of wood, composite decking benefits by not having the problems commonly associated with timber. It won't rot, become mouldy or splinter and it's resistant to fire and insect infestations. This material won't be affected by the extreme changes in weather and temperature that we can suffer from in the UK. It has limited expansion from the heat or contraction in the cold weather, ensuring it maintains the look and fit for many years.
One of the safety issues with wooden decking is that it can become extremely dangerous in wet conditions. With composite flooring you're not as likely to slip, making it a much safer option.
This decking is slightly more expensive than wood initially, but this cost is offset in the long term. As it's a more durable material, it won't need repairing or replacing as regularly and being maintenance-free there's no need to spend money on chemical treatments or stains.
If you want to enjoy your balcony, rather than spending your weekends maintaining it, composite decking could be the perfect choice