There are a few options to consider when it comes to choosing your decking and it's important to get it right first time to save further costs in the future.
Timber or composite decking?
Timber is a traditional natural product with a beautiful natural finish. At Gripsure we use sustainably sourced slow grown Vth grade Redwood (Pine) which is pressure treated for an expected in service life of 15 years. While softwood is the most common option for timber decking there are alternative timbers on the market. Gripsure also offer a range of Hardwoods. The main advantage of hardwood over softwood is its longevity. They are far more durable and hard wearing than softwood products, for example hardwoods such as Yellow Balau can be expected to last for up to 50 years, so consequently come at a larger cost.
An alternative option to Timber decking is composite. Composite decking has many different types of variable quality. Gripsure only offer Ecodek as a premium quality composite decking product, manufactured in the UK using hardwood beechwood and recycled HDPE (milk bottles!), providing a sustainable and durable product with a 25 year warranty. Other composite decking products - in particular imported hollowcore products are susceptible to swelling, and break-up. Gripsure always recommend a solid-board composite product, Made in Britain.
Non slip decking vs. traditional decking
Traditional timber decking becomes very slippery when wet, the most common cause for slippery decking is a build up of algae growth. Fallen leaves and foliage as well as cold icy winters contribute to making decking slippery. Non slip decking features anti slip inserts that provide grip on top of the timber board that works regardless of surface water, algae or fallen leaves.
Non slip decking vs. retrofit inserts
Gripsure non slip decking is made by injecting epoxy resin into the grooves of a timber board and coating with an aggregate finish. The result is an anti slip insert that is bonded to the timber board. Because the resin is applied in liquid form the inserts are sealed into the grooves meaning no water can get in between the board and the inserts, as a pose to retro fitted inserts where water can make contact with the board and cause it to swell and pop the inserts out. Installing retro fit inserts is a very labour intensive job and can be quite expensive if your trying to cover a large area. As the inserts are glued or screwed in they can become lose over time potentially creating a trip hazard.