There is a great debate about whether you should use wood or composite material such as Ecodek® or Millboard when you are choosing your decking.
In the past wooden decking has always been the preferred option but now composite materials are very popular. With better structure, safety, and durability, Ecodek® or Millboard are the options Sunrock Balconies recommend.
Whether you are choosing to install infinity glass balustrades, balcony flooring, or decking outside your home, you need to consider the differences between wood and Ecodek® or Millboard. So, before you make a choice let’s take a look!
Wood decking has always been a popular choice for an outer deck or balcony, and it can last up to 40 years but, it all depends on the maintenance! A wooden decking must be cared for if you want it to last. Here are some things you need to know:
- Maintenance of wood decks has to be regular to avoid the build up of algae and moss which can cause it to become slippery
- Prone to rotting, splintering, and warping so treatment is essential
- The wood needs to be oiled or stained all over at least every couple of years
- Application of a sealant slow down rotting
Ecodek® is the perfect solution as a sustainable and low maintenance alternative to timber. Sunrock Balconies offer you a range of low maintenance options from Ecodek® that really enhance your balcony or terrace but which also provides durability too. Here’s why:
- Composite decking is a stylish, well-established, affordable material.
- Attractive wood grain effect outdoor boards
- High Slip Resistance
- High quality wood polymer composite for low maintenance
- Long Life – 25 year warranty
- Ecodek wood polymer composite (WPC) products are manufactured using a carbon-negative process.
- It’s production actually removes carbon from the atmosphere which is why EcoDek is genuinely sustainable.
Millboard Composite decking
Millboard is another great solution to real wood. It creates a functional and stunningly attractive deck. The qualities of polyurethane create a strong and durable product. Millboard will eliminate rotting, warping and general which will be inevitable if natural wood is used. Here’s why:
- Scratch and stain resistant
- Designed to withstand weathering
- Resistant to facing and sun damage
- No Splinters
- High slip resistance and impervious to growth of algae
- Being solid it is resistant to warping, rotting and insect infestation.
- It is fire tested to BS EN ISO 13501-1:2007+A1:2009. It also has a Bfl-S1reaction to fire classification (a fire test for flooring)
- 25 year warranty
At Sunrock Balconies we create outdoor living rooms using infinity glass designed to your specifications. We offer a complete end to end service from design to quotation to full installation for both residential and commercial customers. We can also consult with your architect, contractors or tradesmen to get the best results for your balcony project.
Understanding the differences between Ecodek® or Millboard and wood will show you that the superior option they provide. The team at Sunrock would be happy to tell you more so get in touch today. Alternatively, why not call us on 01204 668 207 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.
During the lockdown to protect us in the coronavirus outbreak, many people have found that their garden or balcony has been a godsend.
It provides somewhere to sit outside on sunny days and means that you’re not stuck inside even when you’re at home. If you’re lucky enough to have an outside space to use, knowing how to make the most of it will make your experience of lockdown more pleasant. While people are gradually returning to work and other activities, there’s no telling when we all might be able to get back to normal. In the meantime, it’s worth perfecting your outdoor space so you can make full use of it.
Add Additional Living Space
When you’re spending a lot of time at home, your home can start to feel smaller. However, when you have outdoor space, you can use it to the best of your ability to expand your home. Outdoor living space is a blessing when you want to get out of the house. It might be in the form of a patio or terrace, or perhaps a balcony. You can use outdoor living space to create somewhere to relax, eat, and drink and even cook, too, with an outdoor kitchen or barbecue.
Set Up Somewhere to Sit
Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling terrace, somewhere to sit and enjoy your garden is essential. You can set up a seating area in several ways, whether it’s with a comfortable sofa, a bistro table and a couple of chairs, or a full dining set. When you’re deciding where to create a seating area, think about the view you will get, the position in relation to the sun and shade, and how you’re going to use the rest of the space that you have available. Choose furniture that’s comfortable and stylish, and designed for use outside.
Get a Great View
Making the most of the view that you have is another great way to make full use of your garden. Using infinity glass for your balcony can help it look bigger and give you a better view. Having infinity glass balustrades installed by Sunrock Balconies will give you a completely frameless perimeter that enhances your outdoor space. You can also make changes to your garden to improve your view, such as trimming trees that might be blocking what you can see. You might not be able to change anything outside of your property line, but there are things that you can change.
Connect Indoors and Outdoors
Another way to make the most of your garden is to blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. You can connect the two spaces so that they flow more seamlessly into each other. Now might not be the time for any major renovations, but you can still make your existing space flow more. Use a similar decor style both inside and outside, open up your doors, and be creative outdoors to create more of an indoor look.
When you make full use of your garden during lockdown, you can keep yourself occupied and have a great space to relax. If you are looking to expand your outdoor living space, then contact Sunrock Balconies for an on-line quote or to browse our fabulous products, please visit the website here.
Summer 2018 was amazing wasn’t it? Were you able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine on your balcony or terrace?
Don’t have one but would like one? If so, you’ve come to the right place to get you started.
Here are some great tips!
Fit for Purpose
The first thing to think about is what you’re going to use it for. Is it just to sit on your own to read a book or a place to entertain friends and family with a full-scale BBQ? Once you’ve decided you can plan the rest.
There are many balcony and terrace flooring solutions out there. From Wooden decking, stone or slate to turf or even gravel. It’s all about budget and requirements – remember you’ll need a sturdy base for furniture or a BBQ. But we have a solution that can meet both.
Sunrock Balconies install all balcony decking using EcoDek, a 100% recycled product made from Wood Polymer Composite which carries a 25 year guarantee. It is virtually maintenance free (you still have to clean it) because it doesn’t host algae.
Depending on your setting, you may like to consider glass flooring an alternative.
You will want something beautiful that adds an architectural feature too. Our infinity glass balustrades break down the visual barrier between your indoor and outside living areas but will also connect them. The feeling of space you will gain cannot be beaten and it will provide an essential safety barrier compliant with regulations.
If your outside living space is higher up, adding a spiral staircase, steps or gates may also be something to think about.
Do you want a gas heater or firepit? Great if you want to use your space in cooler weather.
Deckchair, sunlounger or dining sets, wood or rattan, there is so much to choose from – the possibilities are endless.
Some twinkly lights or a lantern provide a warm glow or for more light solar powered LED lighting is an option.
Here at Sunrock Balconies our dedicated team of experts can help and advise you on making the right choice from the variety of options we have on offer. We are certain it will make the difference you are looking for to your property. Get in touch, we’d love to have a chat about your project.