Decking vs Paving

When it comes to designing or changing your garden there are many difficult decisions to make. One of which may be ‘which is best decking or paving?’ There are many options when it comes to decking and paving and unfortunately, there is not a ‘one size fits all’ answer. However, there are several factors to consider.

Look

This is a very personal factor, both materials have a wide range of colours and styles available catering for both traditional and modern gardens. If you’re looking for a cleaner, simpler look decking could provide a great option whereas paving would give you the flexibility to create patterns and more intricate designs.

Ground Works and Construction

Is your garden sloped? Do you have multiple levels? Do you want an elevated area? Hopefully, these are all questions you have already started to consider.

  • Decking can be used to create multiple levels within your garden and the ground does not need to be perfectly flat when it is installed.
  • Paving slabs would need to be laid on a very level surface.
  • Decking is usually constructed with a subframe on which the decking boards are then secured, a basic decking area can take as little as a week to install whereas paving can take much longer with more groundworks required and hours of drying time in between.
  • Decking can be laid where tree roots would mean a patio could not.
  • A raised decking area can make the most of a view.
  • A patio area closer to the ground level could provide needed privacy that a raised area would not.

Maintenance

There are many different types of paving available from porcelain to natural stone and even concrete all with different maintenance requirements however on the whole paving is very low maintenance and hard-wearing option.

Decking on the other hand often has a reputation for being quite high maintenance. Depending on the area in which it is installed timber decking will need sanding and staining regularly to ensure it does not rot.

With this in mind, composite decking provides the perfect low maintenance option for those wishing to use decking in their garden design. Its low maintenance and has very low water absorption rates so will not rot warp or twist like traditional wooden decking. Composite decking does not require any sanding or treating, and a good power wash will keep it looking good for years after installation.

When it comes to the choice between a patio or decking area it is very much a personal preference depending on your requirements. Both decking and paving can offer affordable, hard-wearing solutions if the right product is chosen for you.

If opting for decking, Composite decking will outlive traditional timber decking and requires far less maintenance. Composite decking provides a durable hard-wearing alternative to timber decking with a much higher return on investment over the lifetime.

What is Composite Fencing?

Composite fencing is a hybrid product made up of recycled wood and plastic. Composite fencing is a long lasting, low maintenance alternative to traditional timber fencing.

You have probably heard of composite decking with it’s long list of advantages, well composite fencing will not disappoint either.

Top 5 advantages of composite fencing

  1. Low maintenance and long life

Unlike traditional timber fencing Composite Fencing does not require any sanding, staining or treating. The SAiGE composite fence boards and the aluminium posts and components have very low water absorption rates and will not rot, warp, rust or twist.

Composite Fencing will outlive traditional timber fencing with an expected lifespan of over 20 years, significantly more than wooden fences.

  1. Environmentally friendly

The SAiGE composite fence boards are made from 50% recycled wood fibres and 45% recycled plastic. All the Composite material is FSC certified so you can be sure the recycled wood content has been responsibly sourced.

  1. High strength

Composite Fences by SAiGE exceed gale force 9 wind testing so you can be sure they will withstand the most severe British weather. They are also pass a 500 hour salt spray test making them ideal for coastal environments.

  1. Variable heights and designs

Composite Fencing by SAiGE is an innovative fencing system that can be adapted to give various heights and designs depending on the projects restraints and specifications. Each bay is 1.8m wide and available in a range of heights.

  1. Easy to install

Composite Fences by SAiGE have been designed with easy installation in mind. No need to manoeuvre large wooden fence panels as each composite board is 145mm x 1755mm x 19.5mm and they slot together horizontally to create your fence bay. We also provide comprehensive installation guides.

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

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.

Cost

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).

Strength

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.

Look

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.

Which Composite Decking is Best?

Composite decking is a hybrid product made up of recycled wood and plastic. Composite decking offers a long-lasting alternative to traditional timber decking and has many advantages. There are many different types of composite decking on the market at a range of price points but how do you know which composite decking is best? As with many building products, cheapest is not always best and the well-known phrase you get what you pay for is often the case with lots of building and landscaping materials. When researching composite decking and deciding which best suits your scheme and budget there are several things to look out for.

Budget and Colour
Firstly, what is your budget and what style and colour decking are you looking for. Quality composite decking like SAiGE is more expensive than traditional timber but with an expected life span of over 20 years, you are not going to need to replace it as quickly as timber decking. SAiGE also has a variety of colours and styles available.

Anti-Slip and Strength Testing
Start by looking at the test data for the composite decking boards to see how they perform in terms of strength, ant- slip properties. You will find many composite decking boards that have very low anti-slip test results and strength ratings. SAiGE composite decking boards are one of the market leaders in terms of tensile strength and anti-slip test results. Check out our test documents.

How Recycled Materials Affect the Aesthetics and Function
SAiGE composite boards are made up of 50% recycled wood fibres and 45% recycled plastic adding to their excellent strength and low water absorption rates. Many boards with a higher proportion of wood fibres or those that haven’t been mixed properly during manufacture will often have white wood flecks running through them. The higher the percentage of wood the higher the water absorption rate causing the boards to be less long-lasting and increasing the possibility of rotting. On the other hand, boards which have a high percentage of plastic content can often look quite man-made and shiny looking very different to traditional timber decking. SAiGE decking boards have a brushed finish on both sides of the boards to take off the shiny plastic effect resulting in a much higher quality finish.

Quality
SAiGE maintains an extremely high level of quality across all products. The composite decking boards are 100% quality inspected so you can be sure you’re receiving the very best quality products.

Fixings
SAiGE provides powder-coated aluminium fixings for the hollow decking boards. The black powder coating means they are not visible through the gaps in the decking. Also, they will not rust. The aluminium clip system leaves approximately a 2mm gap between the boards along the length. Other composite decking brands sometimes use plastic T bracket fixings. These leave a much larger gap of approximately 5mm, are visible between the boards and can get brittle over time and break.

SAiGE Solid boards are fixed with colour coded screws which match the decking providing a discrete fixing that will not rust. SAiGE will also quote for the relevant fixings required to install the decking and you will not get any extra surprise costs when placing an order.

BALI Affiliate Exceptional Service Award Winners

SAiGE Longlife Decking Ltd are delighted to announce we are Principle Award Winners of the BALI Affiliate Exceptional Service Award for 2019.

About BALI…..

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) was founded in 1974 and is the UK’s leading trade association for landscaping professionals; promoting, supporting and inspiring over 900 Registered organisations and individuals, including Contractors, Designers and Affiliate members.

About the Affiliate Exceptional Service Award…..

The award that we have received is in recognition of the exceptional service demonstrated by the team at SAiGE Longlife Decking Ltd as a BALI Registered Affiliate member.  The criteria included; technical support, exceeding customer expectation, proactive involvement in BALI regional and national events, customer support and guidance, efficiency of service, product range and development, good complaint resolution procedures, flexibility in supporting budget constraints and flexibility with delivery issues.

The BALI National Landscape Awards are an annual landscaping Awards ceremony and the largest in Europe with over 1,000 BALI VIPs, members and guests in attendance in December.

About SAiGE…..

SAiGE are a part of Sino Trading Ltd whose team has more than 20 years’ experience sourcing the best quality products in China and importing them into the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe and beyond. Based in Lower Quinton near Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of the West Midlands, the company provides support to its customers and approved installer network throughout the UK and Ireland. The SAiGE team is split between offices in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, Ireland and Changzhou in China, enabling them to deliver high quality products at an affordable price.

SAiGE are delighted to have won such a prestigious award and to gain such huge recognition from BALI, the number one association within the landscaping sector. SAiGE Longlife Decking Ltd are providers of composite decking (along with aluminium sub-frame systems), composite fencing (including gates) and composite balustrades for both residential and commercial projects where quality is the focus of everything the company does from products to their exceptional customer service.

Specifying SAiGE products…

SAiGE Longlife Decking Ltd provide the highest quality composite decking, fencing, gates and balustrades to both residential and commercial projects.

Quality is the focus of everything we do at SAiGE.  All of our products are 100% quality inspected for colour, strength and dimensions.  The composite materials used to create the decking and fencing boards (95% of which is recycled) are fully mixed meaning there are no white flecks or points of weakness within the boards. SAiGE also have our composite boards tested by independent, world renowned testers SGS (test reports are available on our website).  Our decking is one of the UK’s market leaders in terms of its tensile strength and anti-slip results.  SAiGE fencing has undergone aggressive testing for wind resistance and passes gale force 10 testing confirming its excellent strength and durability.

There are a variety of benefits to using SAiGE composite products including: low maintenance, splinter free, easy installation and they are environmentally responsible being made from 95% recycled materials (50% recycled wood fibers & 45% recycled plastics).

SAiGE Composite Decking:

As an overview SAiGE have 2 ranges of composite decking available: our contemporary range available in a choice of hollow (for residential and light commercial use) or solid boards (for commercial projects as well as steps) in 3 colours (grey, charcoal & coffee) and our solid rustic decking range which offers a more traditional weathered look is available in a choice of grey & walnut and is suitable for both commercial and residential projects.

For a complete wood free solution we also supply aluminium subframe systems they are lightweight and easy to install making them ideal for commercial applications and particularly for balcony and roof terrace projects. SAiGE offer a range of different heights as well as adjustable and fixed head pedestals, self levelling heads and joist cradles.

Composite Fences, Gates & Balustrades by SAiGE:

Composite fences by SAiGE provide an innovative solution, the fencing system can be adapted to give a variety of heights and designs depending on the projects specifications. Both the fencing and balustrades are made up of aluminum posts and handrails finished in a powder coated anthracite grey colour with composite fence boards and spindles available in grey, charcoal & coffee to match the contemporary decking range. The fence system also incorporates a lockable gate.  The balustrade has been especially designed so there are no visible fixings creating a sleek modern finish (patent pending).

This brand-new fencing system offers a long-lasting durable fencing solution without the maintenance requirements of traditional fencing. SAiGE Composite Products will outlive traditional timber alternatives.

How to Specify SAiGE Products?

SAiGE Composite products are listed on RIBA Product Selector and accessible through NBS Plus making specifying SAiGE even easier than before. In addition to this all our test reports are listed on the SAiGE website and available for download.  SAiGE is supported by a network of distributors throughout the UK and Ireland as well as an approved installer network.

How SAiGE products can be used in garden room design?

SAiGE Longlife Decking’s composite product range has many advantages including; low maintenance requirements, excellent anti slip results, anti-fungal properties and have one of the best tensile strength ratings on the market. With busy work life schedules there is an increased demand for composite products which take the hassle out of garden maintenance.

Garden rooms are becoming increasingly popular to allow people extra space that is perhaps not afforded within the footprint of their home. Many outdoor rooms open out onto the garden with bi- folding doors. SAiGE Composite Decking can provide the perfect solution to extend the outside space beyond the garden room making the building blend in with the garden whilst providing an extended outdoor area.

The low maintenance requirements of SAiGE’s Longlife Decking, Fencing and Balustrades means our products will continue to look good for years to come. SAiGE composite products will outlive any traditional timber alternative, with a 10 year warranty and an expected lifespan of over 20 years.

SAiGE Decking is available in two styles to suit various garden designs: SAiGE Contemporary Decking available in a choice of hollow or solid boards in charcoal, grey and coffee and SAiGE Rustic Decking which are solid boards designed to give a more traditional timber effect available in grey or walnut. All of our composite products are suitable for both residential and commercial projects.

Composite Fences and Balustrades by SAiGE are a brand-new system designed to match our contemporary decking range. Just like the decking they have been designed with strength, versatility and low maintenance requirements at the forefront of their construction. Our unique system has been designed with no visible fixings in mind creating a sleek and sophisticated design. SAiGE Fences and Balustrades will outlive any traditional timber fencing and will require far less maintenance. The balustrades and fences consist of a powder coated aluminium post and rail system finished in an anthracite grey colour and composite panels and spindles in a choice of grey, charcoal or coffee.

For a complete wood free, long life solution we can also offer aluminium sub-frame systems.

HOW SAIGE PRODUCTS FIT INTO 21ST CENTURY LIVING…..

The modern household has very different requirements to families and households of years gone by with increasingly busy lifestyles resulting in homeowners looking for long lasting and low maintenance options for their homes and gardens.  SAiGE products are long lasting and require lower maintenance than their traditional alternatives so users can concentrate on enjoying their outside space.

Recent years have shown a huge increase in the amount of commercial developments and redevelopments. There are many studies that prove that performance, efficiency and mood are enhanced if people take breaks and spend time outside during their working day.  Companies are investing more in their outside spaces with a focus on the benefits of health and wellbeing for their employees.

Space is becoming more limited for homes and offices to be built and with an increasing population and housing shortage there is more of a need to build upwards.  SAiGE Decking is an ideal solution for roof terraces and balconies for residential and commercial projects.  The lack of space also results in modern houses being built with smaller gardens forcing people to be more creative with their outdoor space.

The modern trend is to treat the outdoor space as an extension for both home and hospitality environments.  SAiGE’s Decking is contemporary in its colours and looks and works well with modern looks such as bi-fold doors and having a seamless extension from the inside to out.  Warmer summers in the UK and Ireland gives more opportunity to utilise these outside spaces.  Creating these outdoor rooms is an investment which people are increasingly choosing and realising the long-term savings in terms of lack of maintenance and replacement costs.

To complement our decking range, we have also launched a composite fencing and composite balustrade range which highlights modern requirements of long lasting and low maintenance whilst maintaining contemporary design.  Like our decking, the systems are easy to install and clean to work with, which appeals to installers too.

Both commercial and residential customers are increasingly environmentally conscious with more and more people looking to buy recycled or recyclable products.  SAiGE’s WPC (wood plastic composite) for decking, fencing and balustrade projects are made from 95% recycled materials.  50% wood is made up of wood flour from factories making wooden furniture and the 45% plastic content is from recycled plastic bottles.

At SAiGE we work with designers as well as our broad spectrum of customers to make sure we are at the forefront of providing the right composite products as well as in the right colours as required by the UK & Irish marketplaces.

Spring has Sprung- See why Composite Decking and Fencing are this years must have!

With the daffodils in full bloom and the trees bursting with blossom it’s no wonder we are all spending those longer, lighter evening in the garden. Whether its relaxing with a glass of wine in the Spring sunshine or weeding those neglected boarders (I know I have the latter, where do all those weeds come from!)

High maintenance landscaping materials are the last thing you then want to spend more time tending too. Gone are the days of hours spent staining and painting decking and fencing…….

SAiGE Longlife Decking, fencing and balustrades have many advantages including very low maintenance requirements meaning more hours can be spent sat enjoying your garden rather than tending to it. With busy work life schedules there is an increased demand for Composite products which take the hassle out of garden maintenance. The low maintenance requirements of SAiGE Longlife decking and fencing means our products will continue to look good for years to come without the need for painting and staining as with conventional decking and fencing. SAiGE composite products with outlive any traditional timber alternative, with a 10 year warranty and an expected lifespan of over 20 years.

Not only will SAiGE decking continue to look good but it’s also one of the market leaders for tensile strength making it ideal for both residential and commercial projects. As well as this SAiGE Decking has excellent anti-slip ratings and anti- fungal properties due to its very low water absorption rates of approximately 0.8%.

SAiGE Decking is available in two styles: SAiGE Contemporary Decking available in a choice of hollow or solid boards in; charcoal, light grey and coffee or SAiGE Rustic decking which are solid boards designed to give a more traditional timber effect available in grey or walnut.

Composite Fences and balustrades by SAiGE are a brand-new system designed to match our decking ranges. Just like the decking they have been designed with strength, versatility and low maintenance requirements at the forefront of their construction.  SAiGE Fences and balustrades will outlive any traditional timber fencing and will require far less looking after.

For further details on our fencing and balustrade system please see our blog post below:

https://www.compositedecking.co.uk/brand-new-to-saige-for-2019-composite-fences-balustrades-and-gates/

With all these advantages in mind it’s no wonder that composite landscaping products are becoming increasingly popular and offer the perfect solution to fit in with consumers busy lifestyles.

After all why spend valuable time off work maintaining your decking and fencing…….?

Brand New to SAiGE for 2019- Composite Fences, Balustrades and Gates

SAiGE has developed a revolutionary fencing and balustrade system that brings beauty and strength by providing the perfect back drop to any domestic or commercial project.

SAiGE Composite fences and balustrades are made in the same factory as our Contemporary decking range therefore undergo the same stringent quality checking processes and are manufactured in the same colours to match the SAiGE Contemporary Decking range. In addition to this the fencing boards and aluminium posts come with a full 10 year warranty.

Similarly, to SAiGE Composite Decking our new composite fencing, balustrade and gates are, low maintenance, hard wearing, easy to install and long lasting. Our composite products will outlive any traditional timber alternative.

Composite Fences by SAiGE

Composite fences by SAiGE offer a long-lasting durable fencing system. The system has the ability to be adapted to give various heights and designs depending on the customers preferences as well as retrofitting to existing concrete posts, creating a more cost-effective option. The fencing is made up of powder coated aluminium fence posts with composite board inserts. These are available in; grey, charcoal and coffee to match our contemporary decking range.

  • Dimensions / Specifications: 
    • The composite panels are 1.755m long (to work on a 1.8m centre) x 145mm high x 19.5mm deep and are made from a composite material which is 50% wood, 45% Plastic.
    • The fencing currently comes in three sizes 1.8m, 4ft and Ranch (1.2m) high
    • The posts are made from Aluminium in a powder coated anthracite grey finish. These are 2.4m and smaller posts for the 1.2m handrails should customers require them.
  • Fixing / Installation
    • We can supply baseplates that enable the fence to be attached to decking or concrete floors.
    • Our posts offer unique 3-way capabilities enabling customers to easily fit their fencing only needing one post.
    • The system is easily installed using a bottom bar, composite panel and top bar that enables fences to build quickly and easily by professionals and DIY enthusiast.
  • Testing:
    • The fencing is tested to gale force 9

SAiGE Composite Balustrade (Patent Pending)

SAiGE Composite Balustrades are suitable for every environment from commercial projects in public areas to domestic balustrades for a garden terrace.

SAiGE composite balustrades are suitable for both commercial and residential projects designed to complement new or existing composite decking. SAiGE balustrades add a smart and sophisticated feature to your decking area, giving a much-needed finishing touch.

As with SAiGE Composite fencing the SAiGE balustrade offers strength by using aluminium posts and hand rails which complement the composite spindles available in grey, charcoal and coffee. Again, these are designed to match the SAiGE Contemporary Decking range.

The balustrade is available in 1.8m x 1.2m, our uniquely designed system means the balustrade has no visible fixings. SAiGE also offers a staircase option with our unique pivot system that allows the user to create their own angles dependant on the required staircase.

As well as the composite balustrade system SAiGE can also offer:

  • Stainless steel post and tension wire system
  • Stainless steel posts and glass inserts with no top rail
  • Stainless steel post and rail system with glass inserts

SAiGE Composite Gates

SAiGE are proud to be able to offer a “no visible Fittings” composite gate that can be erected on site to enable customers to build a standard gate or create a bespoke option to fit within their own landscape project.

The SAiGE composite gate range is a well-built composite panel gate that is assembled using aluminium channels which are toughened using steel corner inserts. We can offer a snap shut lockable gate which is 1m x 1.8m, this works perfectly with the SAiGE fence system.

SAiGE composite gates are ideal for:

  • Between new and existing border fences
  • A partition fence
  • Driveways

To complement our existing decking and fencing ranges the SAiGE Composite Gates are available in: grey, charcoal and coffee.