Reply To: Composite Decking verses Timber Decking


Do we then need a standard to differentiate between the very many composites.

Some say they are from recycled materials, last for ever, colour stable etc etc, the consumer can only read this information and only disbelieve this information if it transpires that the product doesn’t stand up to the sales pitch.

BREEAM would be a deciding factor for many when considering a “green” decking product.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance. This accounts for the materials used on an individul basis.

Also CE marking would benefit the purchaser and make products stand out from the crowd in terms of quality and credibly back up the product information sales pitch. This will be a mandatory requirement for all construction materials used commercialy from 2013 onwards.

Standards are a great leveller when many similar products are brought to the table for selection.

This would also seperate the hype from companies purporting incorrect information when writing a sales pitch.