Embarking on the search for composite decking can sometimes be headache inducing and the endless variations in quality, finish, and colour can leave you swimming in samples without a clear idea on the solution that best suits your requirements. We believe that a key place to start in finding your ideal solution is getting to grips with the difference between capped and traditional composite decking.
The Different Design:
The core difference between both capped and traditional composite solutions lies in their design.Traditional types of composite decking are a moulded material, meaning they are comprised solely of a mix of the same material – a blend of recycled plastic and timber fibres. We regard our traditional composite decking solutions as the original upgrade to timber – an authentic looking product with enhanced performance.
Our capped composite decking solutions (our Advanced and Deluxe premium composite decking ranges) have a similar core to the traditional composite decking boards but are wrapped in a protective outer shell, which is designed to offer added protection from the stresses and strains of outdoor life.
The Different Material Finish:
With a difference in design, comes a difference in material finish. Naturally – the material composition and general finish of the boards vary and both Nanyang’s composite decking types offer a distinct finish. While the general look and feel of the boards may vary, we ensure reversibility by offering a deep, textured woodgrain finish and grooved-channel finish on either side of the board, offering you the freedom of installing the boards as you please.
Colour is a key element to consider when finding your ideal decking and its important to know how the boards will look once laid. Our traditional (Essential and Classic) boards are relatively consistent in colour and while they will initially appear relatively dark, they are designed to weather down and appear lighter after the opening months of installation. The grooved-channel side of the board will also appear lighter as its sanded material finish differs to that of the woodgrain finish (which is a buffeted finish) on the flip-side of the board.
Unlike their alternatives, the Deluxe and Advanced high end composite decking boards (the capped decking products) provide a level contrast in colour and a striking dual-tone appearance, which provides a level of variation between boards.
We recommend visiting our composite decking gallery to gain more of an idea on how our boards look once they have been laid. We have even split our gallery into two for easy reference, showcasing our traditional composite boards and our capped composite boards separately.