DesignBoard – A Low-maintenance Composite Decking That Retains Its Looks

What is your greatest worry when signing off a design project that includes decking? Is it wondering how your baby will fare over the coming years? Can you expect it to maintain its gorgeous looks if the client’s promise to maintain it come to naught?

Claudia De Yong used DesignBoard Greenwich at the 2018 Ascot Flower Show, on her ‘What Lies Beneath’ garden, built in conjunction with the APL

This is where a composite decking like DesignBoard comes into its own. Extremely robust, with very low porosity, it needs minimal maintenance, when compared to timber.
If there’s a spill to clean up, you’re likely to need no more than warm water applied with a brush, or a jet wash. If a stain appears, it’s usually a matter of diluted bleach, or another household detergent, a scrub and plenty of water to wash off. A stain on wood, on the other hand, generally needs sanding back for complete removal.

Like any decking boards, DesignBoard will benefit from periodic cleaning. We recommend every three to six months, but it depends on how much it gets used, its position and personal preference on looks as to how rigidly you stick to that.

DesignBoard Traditional, as installed by Daryl Gannon – low maintenance as standard

Compare this with the needs of wooden garden decking – the regular cleaning to dislodge the dirt and mould that lead to discolouration and rot; applying teak oil to make it last longer; maybe having to sand it back, because you didn’t do the above.

But concern at leaving your baby behind isn’t just about cleanliness. It’s also about colour – the carefully chosen tint to blend with the Porcelain or Natural Stone paving. Wood fades at around 17% a year without colour maintenance (which can make quite a difference over only a couple of years). With DesignBoard no colour-maintenance is necessary, and it fades by a tiny 1% a year, barely perceptible for many years into the future.
Square Garden Design used DesignBoard Luna on the vertical in this London basement garden

Wood outdoor decking also needs treating to reduce fading. That’s why pigmented teak oil is often recommended which reduces UV damage which creates that grey look of weathered wood.

On top of all this, the enormous advantage of DesignBoard is its quality and looks. Subtly textured, carefully shaded, in a long-lasting material, it not only works in traditional settings but is offers decking boards of a quality and appearance that are supremely comfortable in a contemporary design. Composite decking at its best, we think.

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