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.
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.
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.
Hand moulded composite decking for your next project
Why choose hand moulded composite decking: Because Millboard is a unique non-wood decking which perfectly replicates the visual appeal of natural timber, it can boast superior performance. Hand-moulded in durable polyurethane, it has superior safety features with higher anti-slip ratings than conventional composite decking. The distinctive look of Millboard takes skill, impeccable attention to detail and patience to achieve.
Hand moulded composite decking: The journey begins with real timber, which we source from the local area and carefully select by hand, paying particular attention to the subtle nuances of the natural grain. These timbers are then used to create the moulds for Millboard, enabling us to replicate the natural character of the original wood in our unique composite material.
Our director, Jerry, handpicks each timber personally, sifting through hundreds of specimens until he finds the winning combination of characterful grain and distinctive knots. We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to seek out these original masters, often chancing upon them in the most unlikely places. The 100-year-old oak used to create our beautiful Weathered collection, was found in the rural countryside and originates from the floor of a French railway carriage. We were granted special permission to take moulds from these distinctive pieces of wood, which now form the basis of a truly unique decking material.
So, if you are looking for an alternative decking solution, you can find out more about our unique Composite Decking here.
The best composite decking? Millboard of course!
What is the best composite decking – and is it as good as wood?
There’s no denying, natural wood is beautiful. Unfortunately, it has serious drawbacks as decking. We’ve probably all seen decks where the wood has split and warped, and where even its natural good looks have been marred by a coating of algae. Keeping a wooden deck clear of these problems takes a lot of maintenance. Even then it’s really only delaying the inevitable. Wood’s numerous drawbacks have led to the development of decking made from man-made composite materials. But that then begs the question: which composite decking makes the best composite decking?
Answering that question was what drove Millboard’s development. We wanted to create decking that had all the visual appeal of natural wood, but wouldn’t rot, warp or split, and would need only minimal maintenance.
The result is a truly unique product which we believe is the best composite decking money can buy. Unlike other composites, Millboard decking is hand moulded and contains no wood content at all, so avoids all the problems associated with wood. Instead, it is made from a unique resin/stone composite material, with the addition of a unique Lastane® non-porous surface that provides superb grip, even when wet. This special surface also resists algal growth and staining – food and drink spills can simply be wiped clean.
Great performance, great looks
Our decking’s high performance is matched by its looks. Although there is no wood content at all, it has an astonishing resemblance to natural timber – most people seeing it assume it is natural timber. This authentic look is achieved by the unique way our decking is created. Each piece is formed in moulds taken from meticulously sourced natural timbers, then hand-tinted by our craftsman for a perfect, real-wood look.
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As a result, Millboard has become the leading brand for style-conscious property owners, developers and architects looking for a premium decking material. It’s the ultimate outdoor floor surface to relax and socialise on, all year round.
Request some free samples
We are happy to supply samples of our decking so that you can see it up close. Once you’ve decided on the style and colour you want, Millboard decking is available to buy from stockists across the UK. Our Key Distributors are carefully selected to ensure a positive purchasing experience and can offer helpful advice and recommendations in store. Find your nearest stockist or call our sales team on 024 7643 9943.