What Is Difference Between Capped & UnCapped Decking

Mar 24, 2022 | General Information | 0 comments

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Tough Decking Only Supply Capped Decking… Why?

We only supply commercial ‘uncapped’ composite decking. Our composite decking is suitable for gardens, flat roofs, balconies and even commercial areas.

What is difference between capped and uncapped decking we hear you ask?

Many of our competitors will only supply ‘capped’ decking. This is an easy way of protecting the decking from direct sunlight and UV Rays. Capped decking is essentially a composite board that has an additional layer or lacquer added to the surface of the board. Their logic behind this is that be adding this layer, protects the boards from fading and is also a cheaper way of manufacturing the board.

The big disadvantage with capped decking, is this layer is susceptible to peeling or bubbling over time (see pic). It is what we often hear from our customers in the 7 years+ of supplying composite decking. Importantly our products are ‘uncapped’. They are commercial grade full body composite, with both Active + and Woodsman + having both surface finishes etched into them, no lacquers or layers are added.

All our decking products have inbuilt UV stabilisers added to them upon manufacture. Therefore, although initial fade of the boards is expected, they will reach their natural colour usually within 2 months after install. The shouldn’t continue to fade. The beauty our products being ‘uncapped’ is that minor scratches or scraps, caused by garden furniture, can easily be sanded out. The boards will look like new with very minimal fuss and effort.

Amazing Looking Decking Year After Year

We believe that uncapped is best option when it comes to composite decking. That is why we offer a 15 year warranty and confident in the products we supply. Not only are respected suppliers, we also have experience in the installation of the composite decking. We know how they should be installed and more than happy to advise you throughout the project. If you need help working out what you need, then give us a call or drop us an email.

From experience the common misconception we hear is that Composite decking is fitted the same way as conventional wood. That is why we have worked hard on our instructions over the years, taking pride in our customer service and support. The DO’s & DONT’S we highlight in our instructions should always be followed. With the decking installed correctly, we guarantee it will looking amazing year after year.

The Tough Decking Team  


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