Why is Landscaping Important?

Outdoor spaces whether public or private have become more and more important in recent years and it’s taken a global pandemic to bring this to the forefront. Whether its hours a day spent in an office post-COVID 19 or days of lockdown we have never appreciated outdoor spaces more. They can provide a space to exercise, to escape the working from home environment or a place to enjoy quality family time whilst socially distancing, to name a few. Outdoor areas have endless benefits. Here are our top reasons why landscaping is important:

Environmental

Plants and trees have an important positive impact on the environment, they soak up carbon dioxide and other pollutants within the air whilst filling the air with additional oxygen. In a world with more cars, machinery and factories contributing to environmental pollution landscaping can provide part of the solution towards a cleaner environment. However small your area might be you can play your part in helping climate change.

Well-Being

There are many studies that suggest time outside can help general wellbeing, reduce stress levels and improve quality of life. With increasingly busy lifestyles, juggling work, home life and that ever-growing social calendar outdoor areas can provide peace and tranquillity away from the stresses of everyday life.  On top of this there is evidence to suggest time away from your desk, spent outside will increase efficiency.

Your Garden Can Add Value to Your Property

It’s well documented that having a nicely landscaped garden can not only add curb appeal to your property and make it more appealing to prospective buyers but it can also add value to your property. This is thought to be even more prevalent in areas of London where private outdoor spaces are becoming a commodity.

You may be thinking this is all very well but I do not have time to consider this in my own back garden…….

Many homeowners are living increasingly busy lifestyles and do not have hours to spend maintaining a garden however this no longer needs to be the case as there are many outdoor solutions that require very little upkeep so time can be spent enjoying the space when you get some downtime rather than maintaining the garden.

This is only the tip of the iceberg so to speak and there are many benefits of outdoor spaces making landscaping incredibly important for twenty-first-century living.

SAiGE Longlife decking and fencing provide the perfect solutions for these spaces. Not only are our products very durable, but they also have low-maintenance requirements making them a great option for those of you with little time to spend gardening. Their recycled wood plastic content also makes them an eco- friendly option.

How to Look after Composite Decking

A key benefit of composite products is their low-maintenance requirements, gone are the days of spending hours staining and treating your decking or fencing every year.  Instead, this time can be spent enjoying your garden. Composite decking has the look of authentic timber products but with all the benefits of composite materials and much lower maintenance. Take a look at our maintenance & aftercare page and see below some of our tips for keeping your decking area looking as good as new for years to come (with all of the below tips, we would always recommend testing a small test area first prior to using any of these methods on the whole area).

Due to the low water absorption rates of SAiGE decking water doesn’t soak into the surface of the decking as with wooden deck boards. As a result, the boards will not rot, warp or twist. SAiGE composite decking is made up of 95% recycled wood and plastic making it mould and fungus resistant.

With an expected life span of over 20 years composite decking will outlive traditional timber decking. Also, the time-consuming aftercare is significantly less and there would be no costs for staining and treating the decking in comparison to timber decking.

To maintain SAiGE decking all it takes is the occasional sweep and power wash to keep your decking looking great. We do advise taking care when power washing and recommend leaving plenty of distance between the nozzle and the decking, as well as spraying in the direction of the grain. We also advise testing a small, inconspicuous test area first.

If the composite deck comes into contact with oil:

  • Clean with a degreasing agent, as soon as possible. Rinse with water and soap
  • If stains have set into the composite deck, use fine sandpaper or a wire brush (on our brush-finished decking), following the grain

If the composite deck comes into contact with rust:

  • Use water and soap, brushing carefully with a scouring pad. Rinse
  • In cases of heavy rust, use a cleanser containing lemon acid. Rinse

If the composite deck has a grease stain:

  • Clean with a degreasing agent or soap
  • If stains have set into the composite deck, use fine sandpaper or a wire brush (on our brush-finished decking), following the grain
  • Rinse with warm water

If the composite deck has wine/fruit stains:

  • Use a cleaning agent and water
  • For heavy stains, scour with a light bleach and warm water, and then rinse off

If the composite deck is scratched:

  • In the case of small scratches, you can use fine sandpaper, following the wood grain, or a small wire brush for brush finished decking

We also sell premium Owatrol Deck Cleaner which is a specially formulated decking cleaner that has been designed to remove grease and stains from composite decking. This water-based cleaner easily removes surface and ground-in dirt. It’s easy to use simply; apply, let it work, and rinse with water.

Why Use Composite Balustrades?

Balustrades are the ideal way to partition or define your outdoor area whilst still allowing the space to feel open. Balustrades can be used to separate a patio or decking area from the rest of the garden, to form a private seating area, or to give safety if the garden is on split levels. There are many options when it comes to balustrades and how they can be utilised within your garden.

Unlike fencing, balustrades provide some privacy or separation without completely blocking off the garden, the spindles allow you to see through the structure, and at approximately 1.1m high they are not as obtrusive as fencing. Balustrades can also be referred to as handrails and used on ramps or stairs as a safety measure.

Balustrades are available in a variety of styles and designs to suit various projects. Composite balustrades are just one style available but offer a stylish, low-maintenance, long-life option.

The SAiGE composite balustrade system has been designed with no visible fixings to create a sleek look, it’s available in straight and staircase options. Aluminium handrails and posts finished in powder-coated anthracite grey give the system strength and durability. The composite spindles are available in grey, coffee, or charcoal to match the SAiGE decking range. The aluminium posts can also be used with a glass in-fill for a more contemporary look.

There are many advantages to using the SAiGE composite balustrade system:

  • High strength
  • High specification
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to install
  • Mould-resistant
  • Does not warp, rot or twist
  • Splinter-free
  • Hard-wearing

Which Garden Balustrade?

A balustrade can provide the perfect finishing touch to a new or existing patio or decking area. Whether you need to make the area secure due to a drop, or would like to divide the area off from another section of the garden – a balustrade can provide the ideal solution. Balustrades still allow visibility unlike conventional fencing meaning you can make the most of a view or watch children while they play without having a harsh barrier dividing the garden. SAiGE composite balustrades are the ideal way to partition or define balconies, landscapes, or gardens.

Many composite balustrade systems use chunky composite posts with steel channels running through the centre. These can often look big and bulky and can sometimes twist and warp due to expansion and contraction within the composite posts. At SAiGE we’ve ensured our balustrade has a sleek, modern finish by using aluminium posts and handrails. Not only does this give a better aesthetic but it also provides an exceptionally durable and long-lasting option. The aluminium handrails and posts are finished in a powder-coated anthracite grey colour and the composite spindles are available in grey, coffee, or charcoal to match the SAiGE composite decking and fencing ranges. In addition to this, the SAiGE balustrade system has been designed with no visible fixings.

If you’re looking for a more seamless look the aluminium posts can also be used with a glass in-fill.

There are many further benefits of using composite balustrades compared to traditional timber:

Long Life

SAiGE balustrades have an expected life span of over 20 years and will not rot, warp or twist like traditional timber balustrades.

Low Maintenance

Composite balustrades are mould resistant due to the low water absorption rates so there’s no need for sanding, staining or treating unlike wooden balustrade systems, your composite balustrade will continue to look good for years to come.

Easy to Install

The SAiGE balustrade is sold in kits, the top and bottom rails come preassembled to ensure installation is quick and easy. The balustrade has been designed with a broad audience in mind and can be installed by anyone from DIY enthusiasts to landscaping professionals. We also provide full installation guides and our friendly team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

When choosing which garden balustrade is best for you there are many factors to consider but for a long life, durable option that will continue to look good for years to come with very low maintenance requirements SAiGE Composite Balustrade would be an excellent choice.

Is Composite Fencing Worth the Cost?

Composite fencing is more expensive than timber fencing initially. However, in the long run, you are likely to save money. Composite fencing does not require the costly and time-consuming annual staining and treating that timber fencing requires to preserve it. So, in short, yes, composite fencing is worth the cost but if you’re yet to be convinced here are our top 5 reasons why composite fencing is worth the cost.

Low Maintenance and Long Life

As previously mentioned unlike traditional timber fencing Composite Fencing does not require any sanding, staining or treating over it’s lifetime. Composite fences by SAiGE are available in three different colours to suit your garden scheme. The SAiGE composite fence boards and the aluminium posts and components have exceptionally 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.

High Strength

Composite Fences by SAiGE exceed gale force 9 wind testing making them a very durable product. Unlike timber fence panels you can be sure your SAiGE fence will with stand strong winds and storms without the need to regularly replace wind damaged panels. The aluminium also passes a 500 hour salt spray test making the system ideal for coastal environments.

Variable Heights and Designs

Composite Fencing by SAiGE is an innovative system that can be adapted to give various heights and designs depending on the project. Each bay is 1.8m wide and available in a range of heights including; 1.8m high, ranch style fencing and a 4ft option as well as bespoke styles.

Easy to Install

Composite Fences by SAiGE are the same on both sides, the fence boards slot together horizontally like tongue and groove so the boards will look just as good on your side as the neighbours. No more giving your neighbour the good side of the fence that you’ve paid for.  Also the design of the horizontal panels means they are much smaller to manoeuvre when installing compared to a 1.8m x 1.8m fence panel, each composite board is 145mm x 1755mm x 19.5mm. We also provide comprehensive installation guides.

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.

So in answer to your question, we think composite fencing is definitely worth the investment, although more expensive initially a composite fence will outlive a traditional timber fencing and provide a durable, stylish addition to your garden.

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.