Composite decking, also known as artificial wood decking, is a mixture of wood and plastic. As it is not a natural wood, every single plank of composite wood is the same as others, suiting the preference of clients who like consistency. One of the more appealing features of composite wood is that it is completely resistant against termite.
Composite wood comes with a groove at both sides of the plank, which results in a slightly different method of installation compared to real wood decking. Due to its composition, composite wood cannot be nailed. As such, each plank is grooved on both sides to allow clipping system for installation. Composite wood installation starts with the construction of aluminium hollow section support, perpendicular to the orientation of the composite decking. Once the aluminium batten is installed, the first piece of composite wood is installed with a clip at its side screwed onto the aluminium batten. Subsequent pieces will follow. Unlike natural wood decking, composite wood cannot be sanded and varnished, meaning that installation is finished once the wood decks are up.