capped composite decking

When browsing our range of composite decking you've probably noticed that we offer 'capped' and 'uncapped' options. When coming across these decking variations for the first time, you may not know what the difference is. Today we're going to take a closer look at capped composite decking to find out what it is, what it means and how it compares to uncapped decking options. 


What does capped composite decking mean?

Capped composite decking means that the core of the deck board is protected from the elements by a water-resistant polymer sleeve. Capped composite decking features an inner core made of recycled wood fibre that's sealed on all edges to prevent water ingress. The 'capped' nature of these boards means that the boards have a much longer life expectancy than other types of composite decking. 

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Why choose capped composite decking?

There are many reasons that you might choose capped composite decking over uncapped composite decking! Capped composite decking, with its polymer sleeve, is designed with durability in mind. The polymer sleeve does an amazing job of keeping water out of the composite core, meaning the likelihood of rotting, splitting and splintering is incredibly low.

You won't need to take on a complex maintenance regime to keep your capped composite boards looking good, all they need is a quick wipe down with soapy water! The unique properties of capped composite decking make it perfect for use in challenging areas of your garden, eg. around a pond or hot tub!

One of our favourite capped composite decking options is our EasyClean Edge+ Sea Salt decking, which offers a gorgeous contemporary feel to any outdoor space.


Is uncapped composite decking bad?

Absolutely not! Uncapped composite decking may not have a polymer sleeve, but it is designed to be highly resistant to fading, staining and abrasion. Some people prefer uncapped composite decking over capped composite decking because it has a rough, slip-resistant texture that looks very similar to real wood. 

If you want to give uncapped composite decking a try, we'd recommend looking at our WeatherDek Aged Oak decking. It looks and feels just like vintage wood, perfect for traditional gardens. 


How do you install capped composite decking?

The capped composite decking we offer here at DeckPlus comes in two different profiles, grooved and ungrooved, this means there are two different options when it comes to installation.

concealoc fasteners

Our grooved capped composite deck boards can be installed using our CONCEALoc Hidden Fasteners, a firm favourite with homeowners who want that 'perfect' finish. These fastenings are installed in along the grooves of the boards, allowing you to quickly and seamlessly clip your new capped composite deck together. 

toploc fasteners

The more traditional way of installing capped composite decking is to use screws that are drilled directly into the boards, also known as TOPLoc Screws. We carry these screws in a wide range of colours to make sure that your fixtures match your capped composite decking perfectly. 

Hopefully this gives you an insight into what capped composite decking means. If you have any questions about our capped composite decking options, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0800 028 8756.