Tagged: Hardwood Timber Decking
January 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm #842Roque Valente SRLParticipant
Mr Valente is back from the forest and here is my comment. I would like to note to the readers that I am an ipe decking supplier, in fact a mill located in Bolivia and that my main discussion partner, mr Alex Collins is a composite decking manufacturer.
1) my strategy is not based on negative marketing techniques but to get the propaganda storm from mainly out of China more into balance. Yes, ipe is not 100% perfect and yes composite decking is not 100% problematic. Of the posts I see on the internet 90% is about perfect and marvelous composite decking, while under this storm of attention there is also a true natural possibility which is ipe decking.
2) about the pictures this is hollow decking, indeed inferiour to massive decking. What I then do not read in your post about massive quality decking is the price? I wonder how much cheaper it then would be then just one of the best real wood decking options: ipe. This should be mentioned to get the right picture.
So, I still thing that it is just NOT true that composite decking is AND cheaper AND maintenance free AND also eco friendly, because these are the statements made by most composite decking sellers. If you increase the quality then where is the price going to?? So I just put everything into perspective , that is all.January 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm #841Ecodek Vannplastic LtdParticipant
Hi Roque, I think its a shame you came in all guns blazing putting down the properties of composites, as that is most definitely ‘negative marketing’ in my book.
Anyway, solid decking is generally more expensive than hollow decking, but not by a lot. However, being that hollow decking is far inferior to solid decking, I don’t think the price comparison is that relevant. Our trade price for Ecodek solid decking is £38/m2 +vat. For that you get boards of any length up to 6m, all our competitors only seem to offer standard lengths (timber products included). We offer bespoke lengths for no extra charge, so this brings your whole project cost down because you are not paying for off-cuts. Good quality composite decking has its (relatively small) part of the decking market just as IPE decking has its own part. Some people will want wood, and some wont. At the end of the day, lets all just market the positives of our products rather than shout about the negatives of others – doesn’t that make more sense?May 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm #840Real Hardware LLCParticipant
Well, Roque, you have surprised me like you did to others in this forum. I have been in this business since 1984. We have been using Natural Wood decking and it fades after 2-3 years. Mind it, I am talking about GCC countries where the temperature in the peak summer is 49-51 deg. C.
Since last 8-9 years we have introduced Composite (WPC) Decking, Pergolas, fencing, railing and so on and the result is remarkable despite the extreme whether. We do 10 times more Business now. We do export to other Countries in the Middle east, N. africa and S. Asia. we didnt have any complaint so far whatsoever.
Needless to elaborate as Karl,Alex and Leon explained from their experience. Hope you are convinced.
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