Natural Timber Decking Options
When it comes to natural beauty and finishes, real timber decking offers an aesthetically pleasing, durable option for your next decking project. When it comes to selecting your timber decking species, Modinex offer a range of species perfect for high-traffic and outdoor locations, including Ironbark, Spotted Gum and Blackbutt timber. Not sure exactly what species or style of real timber decking you are after? Browse through our Decking Pencil Round and Decking Instyle product options to find the ideal decking solution for your project or contact the Modinex team for expert advice, samples and quotes.
Urbanline’s Beautiful Composite Decking Options
This premium alternative to timber offers the beauty of natural wood, with the bonus of next to no maintenance. The added strength of composite materials means you’ll see exceptional, ongoing results in every installation, including commercial buildings, decks, jetties, hotels, high-end residential and high UV areas.
How composites will change the way you construct…
- Marine decking: UV, weather and water resistance ensures ongoing performance without the risk of rotting, fading or splitting.
- Residential decking: Offers style, practicality and a long-lasting finish for your home.
- Outdoor and commercial decking: A combination of quality materials are used to construct the most sustainable and durable composite decking boards yet, perfect for decks or for cladding walls exposed to harsh environments.
The Urbanline range ticks all the boxes: durable, beautiful, fire rated, acoustic, thermal and environmental performers. Order a free sample today to see and feel the difference for yourself. Explore our wide variety of composite products and applications to bring your vision to life and achieve outstanding results.
Composite Decking FAQs
What is composite decking material?
Composite decking is a premium alternative to timber, and is manmade using wood fibres and plastics combined with a bonding agent. Composite decking is made from a mixture of wood fibre, plastic, and some type of binding agent. When these ingredients are put together they are able to form a material that is denser, stronger, and heavier than wood alone. It is formulated with innovative materials and techniques that promote longevity and durability.
Why choose composite decking?
Composite decking is a great option for heavy traffic areas or harsh environments. Composite timber-look products require next to no maintenance, are strong and durable, and have the same visual aesthetics as natural wood. Learn more about the benefits of composite decking when considering it for your next project. Composite decking is also sturdy and will stand the test of time as it is naturally resistant to termites, rot, decay, mildew, and mould. It is also the best option for laying in coastal areas near salt water or around chlorine pools as they won’t cup, warp, or splinter. The decreased risk of splintering also makes it ideal for families with small children.
Is composite cladding and decking better than wood?
Composite cladding is a better choice than wood in some applications, and has been designed to perform more favourably in particular environments. It performs better over a longer period of time when used in wet or unsheltered areas, heavy traffic areas and harsh environments.
Is composite decking expensive?
Composite decking is more expensive than timber decking in the initial application. Despite the higher price point, composite materials are considered more cost effective long term and the need for maintenance, repairs or renovations is significantly reduced.
Get in touch to discuss pricing and determine the best option for your project
Is composite decking waterproof?
Composite decking is water resistant. The wood fibres are encapsulated, which eradicates the chance of moisture ingress. As a result, the decking is not under threat by damage caused from constant exposure to wet environments.
Can composite decking be used indoors?
The weather resistance, durability and strength of composite are features that make this timber alternative a popular outdoor choice. It is mostly used as a natural timber alternative in external areas that are exposed to harsh weather conditions. This being said, interior application is becoming increasingly popular. Composite options like Valchromat are ideal for interior applications including cladding, furniture, ceilings, table tops, commercial signage and fit-outs.
Can composite materials be painted / stained?
There is no need to paint or stain composite decking, which makes installation far more efficient and cost effective. Composite is designed with consistent colour toning, providing a smooth and wood-like appearance without the need for staining. Each Urbanline composite option is available in a selection of colours.
Does composite decking fade?
Some composite decking options are treated using Strandex technology, which encases the wood fibres with a high-density polyethylene. This coating protects against UV and moisture damage, which usually results in fading.
Using a composite deck sealer can also help to protect your deck from fading, oils and stains.
Does composite decking scratch easily?
Composite’s scratch resistance relies heavily on its finish. With general wear and tear, composite can be scratched in high traffic areas. While composite decking requires far less maintenance than timber decking, it is still susceptible to scratches.
Composites constructed with high-density polyethylene are more durable and have a higher resistance to scratching.
Does composite decking warp?
Composite is composed of wood fibres and plastic, which results in a dense and incredibly durable material. Therefore, composite will not warp or split like natural timber. Wood generally warps when it is exposed to moisture and it dries unevenly. Compound timber is water resistant, allowing no opportunity for moisture ingress that can lead to warping.
Will composite decking rot?
Urbanline composite decking is guaranteed not to rot or split when installed correctly. It offers excellent pest resistance, and is mostly unaffected by termites and fungal decay.
Does composite decking expand and contract?
Composite decking does expand and contract, however not to the same extent of natural wood. Composite timber expands further lengthwise rather than in width, as opposed to natural timber, which expands and contracts significantly in width.
However, not all composite timber is designed equal!
Our latest Tractio Decking is designed with breakthrough patented technology and has virtually no thermal expansion or contraction.
Does composite decking get hot?
Like any building material, composite timber will be hot underfoot after constant sun exposure. However, composite timber does not respond to heat in the way natural timber does, and it will not splinter or warp. There are several composite options that respond well to extreme heat including the Euro Selekta Clad and Latitudes Duro Decking, which offer bushfire resistance.
Is composite decking and cladding heat resistant?
Some composite timber options including Euro Selekta Clad, Latitudes Duro and Marine Decking are constructed with bushfire resistance and compliant with Australian fire ratings.
As with all materials exposed to direct sunlight, composite can heat up. However, our bushfire resistant options are certified for use in bushfire prone areas throughout Australia.
Is composite cladding and decking heavier than wood?
The weight of composite timber depends on the specific formulation of wood fibres and plastic. It is, however, significantly lighter than wood. Composite options like the Tractio Decking solution, are made up of polypropylene calcium carbonate. These materials create a powerful, strong and very lightweight timber alternative.
Is composite decking slippery?
Urbanline composite decking provides high slip resistance and grip in wet and dry conditions. Our composite decking is tested and compliant with Australian and New Zealand standards.
Composite timber is a great choice for pool and marine decking due to its non-slip properties.
Is composite decking toxic?
Composite materials are non-toxic and eco-friendly. They are composed using recycled materials, and contribute to the decrease in deforestation.
Can composite decking and cladding be recycled?
Composite timber is manmade using wood fibres, plastics and a small amount of bonding agents. The wood fibres and plastic used in the process are often recycled materials. However, given that composite timber is constructed with a combination of wood and plastic, it makes it very difficult to separate the compounds to recycle.