The Millboard Composite Decking Story, are you part of it?
The Millboard Composite Decking Story – Last year, we released a video on The Millboard Story. It has since had over 12,000 views, so we take that as positive feedback! Moulded from real oak, Millboard composite decking is the world’s finest wood-free outdoor flooring. Where even the highest quality hardwood can warp, splinter, rot, fade and lose its original appearance and appeal over time, Millboard is designed to withstand even the most challenging conditions.
Millboard Composite Decking Story: You can view the video here and if you like it, then please share with your peers, colleagues and friends!
Creation of unique outdoor landscaping products is in the Millboard genes. Our founder, James Douglass, was the original founder of Stonemarket, now owned by Marshalls. James developed the early use of concrete to create paving slabs with the authentic look of stone but with design and performance features that natural stone could not offer. The current generation of Millboard directors grew up accompanying their father to reclaim yards to spend hours selecting the perfect stone on which to base new paving products.
After the sale of Stonemarket to Marshalls, the family applied the same philosophy to timber decking. Recognising the inherent weaknesses of timber decking that accompanied the beauty of natural wood, they set about creating a decking material that would capture the visual appeal of natural wood, yet boast performance and maintenance benefits that wood could not match. After years of exploration and development, the Millboard product was launched, and is today recognised as the premium non-wood decking on the market.
Still a family-run business, infused with a personal pride in maintaining the quality and exclusiveness of the unique product range, Millboard is the fruit of two generations of innovation and attention to detail. Now distributed throughout the UK and across the world, thousands of properties have been enhanced with the beauty and practicality of Millboard.
Millboard looks back at 2017 Approved Installer programme
Millboard Approved Installer Programme.
As we reach the end of another busy year (where did it go?) we can reflect on the launch of our Millboard Approved Installer programme. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the standard and calibre of each person who successfully completed their training to become a recognised installer for Millboard.
Each and every one of them are our brand advocates! And we are delighted to have accomplished national status with installers stretching from Cornwall all the way up in Scotland.
It’s also testament that some of our Approved Installers include industry Award Winners, with many achieving TV exposure over the last 12 months.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all Installers who are working with us and who have shared some of the most stunning projects with us across social media.
If you are interested in joining the scheme, please contact Approved Installer Development at the our Head Office by calling 024 7643 9943 or dropping an email to email@example.com
And if you are searching for a Millboard Approved Installer, click here.to locate your nearest professional.
The Millboard Team
Reasons to use Millboard Plas Pro Sub-frame fixing system
Millboard sub-frame system: We are often asked about the best sub-base frame systems for composite decking installations. Without doubt, we know that the ideal companion for our all-weather composite decking is Plas-Pro, a durable, hard-wearing and practical sub-frame material for spaces exposed to damp such as jetties, fishing platforms, pools, roof terraces and boardwalks.
The Millboard sub-frame system is made from 100% recycled plastic, which means it won’t rot, split or crack.
Typically, treated timber sub frames will last between 15 and 20 years, however untreated timber has a much shorter lifespan and we don’t recommend its use.
Timber sub frames can be affected by the quality of the installation and build process, incremental weather conditions and where the structure is physically situated; for example, if it’s shaded by the house or subject to continued wet conditions.
Millboard always recommend using one our Approved Installers to ensure that you get the best quality of work for your outdoor composite decking project.
By choosing composite decking, you will have already realised the key benefits and lifespan advantages of opting for non-timber decking, so why choose a sub-frame which isn’t going to last as long as your deck? A composite sub-frame option such as Plas-Pro will not degrade over time and can be placed without an airflow
Plas-Pro is made from 100% recycled plastic. Using selected graded materials and cleverly engineered processes, Plas-Pro not only brings the key environmental benefits but the assurance of superior quality performance.
Being impervious to water ingress Plas-Pro will not rot, swell or split like wood, making it particularly suitable around water and damp environments and like our composite decking, it is maintenance free.
Protecting your composite decking from frost this winter
Composite decking frost. Frosty mornings are upon us and with the temperatures set to plummet over the next few weeks, you may be wondering the best way to keep your Millboard frost-free?
It’s very simple, all you need is a good sprinkling of table salt and your deck will be the envy of the frosty landscape surrounding it. No matter which type of Millboard is adorning your outside space, you can keep it perfect all year round. And unlike real wood, Millboard composite decking will not expand and retract in the in cold temperatures, which makes it the perfect decking, whatever the weather.
Millboard exhibiting at FutureScape 2017
Millboard FutureScape 2017 – Tomorrow will see the doors open at FutureScape – the UK’s leading landscaping exhibition, Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey.
Millboard FutureScape: Over the years, this event has secured its place as the largest landscape exhibition in the UK, with attendees and exhibitors flocking from across the country for the big day. The event’s success, and evolution in size and scope, has transformed FutureScape into the nation’s leading landscape show.
Millboard will be situated on Stand 97/98 where our team of composite decking experts will be on hand to show you our range of wood-free outdoor flooring. There is also the opportunity to apply to become a Millboard Approved Installer and grab a coffee with the team.
Millboard composite decking FAQs. Our decking boards are non-porous, which results in high resistance to algae growth, weathering & provides excellent anti-slip benefits. All of our products, which includes matching profiles and fascias; are scratch and stain resistant, making it a perfect choice for architects when looking for an innovative, beautiful alternative to timber decking.
Millboard composite decking is extremely versatile and can be used in practically every outdoor space to enhance decks, balconies, roof gardens, boardwalks, bridges, pontoons, seating, steps, planters and more.
Do I need to seal Millboard?
No, all Millboard composite decking is surface-sealed in the factory to ensure they arrive in premium condition. In the first few weeks of use, rainwater will sit on the surface in globules, but don’t worry – this is normal and will stop once the temporary surface seal breaks down.
Can Millboard be cut just like wood?
Millboard can be cut with standard saw blades, although we recommend a carbon-tipped, multi-purpose chop saw. As the formed end of the board is lost when cut, these can be placed in less visual areas against a wall or edging profile. Matching Touch-up Coating for exposed ends is available to buy separately.
What fixings should be used to fit Millboard?
Following extensive trials, we recommend and supply Durafix® stainless steel screws, designed specifically for Millboard. There’s no need to pre-drill or countersink Millboard, and the unique Lastane® material self-heals, leaving only a virtually indistinguishable mark on the surface.
What sort of spans should I use between Joists?
400mm centres for residential applications, 300mm centres for commercial and public realm applications. Millboard decking will cantilever over the end of a joist by a maximum of 50mm.
Can you screw fix it like you can with wood?
Yes, it will fix down with screws just like wood will, but without the possibility of splitting. We only Warrant the use of our Millboard ‘Durafix’ screws as these are the only screw that give a satisfactory hidden ‘Lost Head’ effect.
Can you use normal wood working tools?
Absolutely, no specialist wood working equipment is needed, you can even saw it by hand. As with all products that create dust when working with them we recommend, dust bags on saws and dust masks to be used in the control of dust. Gloves should also be worn.
Can the Millboard system be used on a flat roof?
Yes is the easy answer, determine what method of construction has been used for solid wood or concrete slab roofs with a mineral finish. Use our ring supports or joist shoes to position the joists where slope of roof is gentle enough to not be a concern. For a single ply membrane roof use our adjustable self-levelling head pedestal systems to spread the load preventing any point loading, both products will raise the joists above any standing water, prolonging their life while also acting to reduce sound transfer. Both products encourage the free flow of water on the roof membrane.
Will it fade over time?
Millboard composite decking has a very high resistance to fading, this is because it contains no wood fibres which typically fade and leave tannins.
Can I butt joint board ends tight to the next decking board?
You can do because the expansion and contraction is minimal, the butt joints should be positioned in conjunction with recommendations contained in the installation guide. A maximum of 2 butt joints before a gap of 2-3mm is desired.
Can you use it for load bearing applications (i.e. structural)?
It is not recommended to use Millboard in structural applications; Millboard decking would need to be fixed to a structural frame, either made of timber or ‘Plas-Pro’ recycled plastic.
Can you paint / stain it?
No, it is not needed! Millboard composite decking is designed as an ultra-low maintenance product and paints and stains will not adhere permanently to the surface of the Millboard in most cases. Clients choose the colour they desire based on the knowledge they won’t have to coat it to keep its colour.
Can you bend it?
Millboard composite decking boards won’t bend across their width, but curves can be created by using the flexible edging profiles and fascias.
How does the price compare to softwood?
Initially, it is more expensive than softwood decking, but similar in price to a high quality hardwood. What you must remember is that the subframe material and installation are comparable to traditional decking so the labour cost remains similar. Also due to the reduced maintenance requirement, the life cycle cost of Millboard composite decking is considerably less than that of softwood decking. It is a much superior quality material to softwood and it is uniform, whereas softwood decking may be warped, contains knots and is inconsistent in density. It’s the perfect alternative decking product.
What material is used for the sub structure?
The cheapest option (applicable to free draining, relatively dry conditions only) is to use treated softwood. The softwood sub structure will obviously decay over time, and may not last as long as Millboard could do. Alternatively we also supply our non-rotting Plas-Pro recycled plastic sub structure system, which is far superior and useful in damp conditions or areas with low air circulation.
Does it become slippery when wet?
Millboard decking has achieved the highest accreditation for anti-slip composite decking in the world! As it is resistant to hosting algae growth and has a textured ‘Lastane’ surface material it is naturally low-slip.
How easy is it to clean?
Once the decking has been installed and after the initial ‘after installation’ clean down there will be very little maintenance required. As the surface is non porous – dirt, food and drink spillages do not become absorbed, unlike timber. The simplest way to clean the deck itself if it is really needed is to use soapy water and a brush. It can be cleaned down with a power washer, on low power, if required but this should never really be needed
All types of Millboard composite decking has been tested by BBA, certificate 17/5409 for use as Decking Boards and certification and testing has been to this end.
Millboard has been tested to BS EN ISO 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 and has a Bfl-S1 reaction to fire classification (fire test for flooring). Millboard is not recommended for use as cladding on buildings 18m (6 storeys) or above, and for other cladding use, it should be subject to Building Regulations to check suitability, use and proximity.
A nationwide network of Approved Installers of Millboard Composite Decking are available – . Chosen for their professionalism and high quality, you should always follow normal precautions before entering into a contract with a third party, especially if a deposit payment is required.
For any other technical, installation or care questions, go to our contact page, call our technical team on 024 7643 9943, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enhanced Grain Composite Decking – as good as wood?
Real wood decking is beautiful. With its natural knots and grains, it can really change the look of an outdoor space. But how does it match up to composite decking?
With wood being a naturally formed material, this means it requires a high level of maintenance. It can quickly become weathered, become slippery when wet and pose other issues such as rotting, fading and absorbing stains.
During the winter months, fungus often meets wet wood. The tannin in the timber reacts and forms a horrible black stain. This is often a sign you’re heading for rotten decking, and can damage the timber beyond repair. Natural wood can also fade and warp – leading to additional future costs on replacing or repairing some or all of your decking.
Our Enhanced Grain collection is moulded from selected real wood timber. This enables us to make this range of Millboard look just like the real thing – utilising the style and design that you can only find in natural wood.
The natural design is then teamed up with all of the exceptional benefits that Millboard provides.
Millboard composite decking is designed to specifically withstand outdoors elements – whether that’s good or bad weather, rain or shine. The Lastane® surface layer not only provides a high resistance to UV light, but also provides an anti-slip surface – even when wet.
As Millboard Composite Decking is made from a unique polyurethane resin blend, this non-pourous material resists any kind of moisture, algae, stains, mould or impact.
The features of Millboard combined provide the benefits of safety and cost saving, without the need to maintain the decking as you would do with real wood. And with our Enhanced Grain Composite Decking, visually it looks just as (if not better) than the real wood.
Composite decking under the watchful eye of a skilled artisan
Millboard composite decking is proudly designed and made in Great Britain, demonstrating the skills of our craftspeople, as well as the latest technological advances that we have adopted.
Our Millboard composite decking is so unique, which is why we are continually looking for ways that we can further enhance our products, whether through materials or manufacturing processes. Our in-house R&D team is relentless in its pursuit of production innovations, ensuring that our wood-free, outside flooring is always one step ahead and will perform to the very highest standard for years to come.
We fully understand that there are some details that only the skilled eye of an artisan can deliver, so therefore we insist on carrying out many of our processes by hand. These range from preparing the original timber masters, which we mould Millboard composite decking from, to carefully hand colouring each Millboard length in the incredibly true-to-life, tonal shades that is our signature feature.
Millboard is available from key distributors across the UK and globally. Once purchased, Millboard has a growing team of professional, trained and qualified Approved Installers across the UK to ensure successful installation of your decking. Simply click here, type in your postcode and contact one of our Approved Installers, safe in the knowledge that they have the training and installation skills required to install your Millboard decking.
Composite Decking Joists
Composite decking joists, pedestals and fixings
Millboard decking has many advantages over natural timber, including that it doesn’t rot, split or warp. Wood’s inherent flaws mean that it is not the ideal material for creating structures to support decks, as for providing the floor surface to the deck itself. That’s why we have developed a range of composite decking joists, bearers, pedestals and fixings that will last as long as our beautiful boards.
Plas-Pro is the sub-frame material we have created as the perfect support system for our all-weather flooring. It provides a durable, hardwearing and practical base for Millboard decks and, because¬ it is made from 100% recycled plastic, it can be used even in and around water. This makes it ideal for supporting not just garden decks, but jetties, fishing platforms, roof terraces and boardwalks.
Plas-Pro posts, bearers and joists can be combined to create sub-frames of every shape and size.
Plas-Pro 50 x 50mm bearers are designed to be used in conjunction with our cradles or pedestals when installed over a solid and stable surface, such as a roof, while Plas-Pro 100 x 100mm posts are for use in conjunction with Plas-Pro 125 x 50mm joists when installation is over a soil or earth base. These composite decking joists can be used with spans of up to 400mm in residential applications, or up to 300mm in commercial and public settings.
Millboard decking can be constructed with screws, just like wood, but without the danger of it splitting. We recommend our Durafix® screws, which can be driven in with no pre-drilling, counter sinking or clip fixings needed. Our decking’s special Lastane® surface will self-heal over Durafix screw heads to provide an instant and very attractive ‘Lost Head’ effect.
Pedestals and joist cradles
Completing the Millboard sub-frame system are our composite decking joist cradles and pedestals.
Our joist cradles are ideal supports for use in spaces where there is limited height available to accommodate a deck and its sub-structure, especially on roof terraces and patios. They are adjustable to allow joists to be raised off the base by between 10-40mm, allowing water to flow unhindered beneath the joists and so minimalizing debris build-up. The foam pad on the underside of each cradle also offers an acoustic benefit to help reduce sound transfer.
Our adjustable, self-levelling pedestals are ideal for raised decks and terraces, including ones where pipework and services run beneath the surface. Each has a self-levelling head for easier, faster and stable installation. They spread the weight of joists evenly, creating a sturdy support, and are available in five adjustable sizes, providing a height range from 40-210mm. Where more height is required, this can be achieved using our 100mm Extension Collar.
There is a network of Millboard Approved Installers who are expert in using our decking boards and sub-frame system to create beautiful outdoor spaces. Find the one nearest you here.
Composite decking fascias and edgings – complete the look
Complete the look with decking edging
When fitting composite decking, small finishing touches can lift your deck to the next level. That’s why we offer decking edging that has the same attention to detail as the rest of our products. Unlike others on the market, our edging continues the beautiful wood grain right round the edge profile to maintain the authentic wood look throughout.
It comes in the all the colours of the Millboard range, so you can use it to match or contrast as you choose. Choose from either straight or bullnose profiles (unique to Millboard) to create the look you want. Flexible edging is also on hand to fit easily around curved edges for a truly distinctive finish.
Besides our decking edging’s visual appeal, it is designed to resist high wear points, so great looks are combined with great performance (just like all Millboard’s products!).
Not just decking edging – fascias too!
Where your deck has multiple levels or steps, our fascia collection retains the same attention to detail that enables the perfect match. Like our edging, our fascias come in all the Millboard colours, and feature the same beautiful grain.
A new addition: Bullnose Board
This 150mm board has a bullnose profile to one edge, giving a stylish finish without the need for a separate edging strip. It opens up a whole new range of possibilities, from under-lip lighting, to coping for planters and seating. And it provides great stability and ease of installation on steps and other exposed edges.
Our edging and fascia options deliver a finish that adds distinction to any setting. They are just another facet of the Millboard decking system that lifts it above timber decking and conventional composite decking.
Find out more about our range of decking edging and fascias. Or, if you have any questions, we’d be delighted to help. Just call us on 024 7643 9943. .