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Capped vs Uncapped Composite Decking: Which One’s Right For You?

There are so many decisions when it comes to building a new garden deck. Let us help out with one of the most important – deciding between capped and uncapped composite decking boards.

Yes, one is more expensive than the other. Capped decking being the pricier of the two options. But, believe it or not, the decision between them doesn’t come down simply to cost. Here’s the rundown on capped and uncapped composite decking to help you discover which might be right for you.

Uncapped decking – what are the pros?

As we’ve already mentioned, uncapped decking tends to be lower in price than capped decking. This doesn’t mean, however, that uncapped decking is in any way cheap. It’s lower in price, not cheap.

Uncapped decking, compared to timber decking, is like night and day when it comes to longevity and how much maintenance it needs to remain safe and looking good. The longevity and maintenance required for both uncapped and capped decking are relatively similar, so even uncapped decking will provide you with a great-looking, no-fuss garden flooring solution that lasts decades.

Uncapped decking tends to have a higher slip resistance. So if you’re using composite decking around a pool or hot tub, maybe opt for uncapped. 

Uncapped decking can also be cooler to the touch. All composite decking boards can get hot in direct sunlight or absorb heat from fires or barbecues. Uncapped options tend to absorb less heat. But, all composite decking tends to cool off quickly once the sun has passed – unlike timber. This is because composite boards are hollow and timber is solid so retains heat for longer. But, if your garden is south facing or your deck gets a huge amount of direct sunlight all day, perhaps consider uncapped decking boards to keep the temperature down.

What about the pros of capped decking?

As it’s more expensive, this implies it’s the more premium option. We would say that implication is true. 

Capped composite decking tends to be manufactured with the most sophisticated colouring and patterns and most realistically mimics real woodgrain. It’s also built with even more durability in mind.

All composite decking is durable. But capped composite decking boards are covered in an extra tough coating, which means that they are even more resistant to damage and stains. Uncapped boards can sometimes be stained by grease or natural pigments from berries or leaves, but capped boards tend to just wipe clean.

With increased scratch resistance, increased stain resistance, increased UV resistance and more stable pigments which reduce fading, capped composite decking just adds that little bit extra protection and durability. For this reason, capped decking boards are perfect for families, high-traffic areas and pet owners, who want to protect their deck from claws and little accidents. 

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