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.
So why is our Enhanced Grain Composite Decking as good as wood?
In our opinion, it’s even better!
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.
Take a look at the complete Enhanced Grain Composite Decking collection here
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.
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.
Looking for the best composite decking? Congratulations – you’ve found it!
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.
Millboard Composite Decking – Quick Facts
Millboard composite decking products have been designed to withstand whatever the elements or everyday use throws at it. Where timber, wood stain and varnish will fade over time, Millboard is highly resistant to UV light. The non-porous material also resists moisture, stains, mould, algae and impact. And it won’t splinter feet or paws!
Our company employs over 100 people based in Warwickshire where we proudly design and manufacture wood-free, alternative composite decking flooring that is created from a unique polyurethane resin blend.
Anti-slip, maintenance-free and UV stable, our products are moulded from carefully selected timbers which are then hand-coloured. Millboard is as beautiful as hardwood yet designed to surpass it. Therefore, our composite decking is able to recreate a product that combines the beauty of real timber with the high performance of a unique wood-free material.
Quick Facts on Millboard Composite Decking
- Millboard is wood-free and non-porous, which means high resistance to algae growth and excellent anti-slip properties.
- The unique Lastane® layer resists scratches and stains and is designed to withstand demanding outdoor environments.
- The structural core is a blend of natural minerals bonded in a polymer resin with long fibre reinforcement for added strength and durability.
- Millboard is solid, not hollow, meaning it’s strong and won’t warp or rot like wood.
- Our unique ‘cellular’ internal structure reduces weight while maintaining strength.
And because Millboard composite decking is made in Britain using innovative techniques, it’s also eco-friendly too.
More information can be found: www.millboard.co.uk/composite-decking
Millboard, high-end wood-free, composite decking. A quick guide for architects
Millboard combines the natural beauty of real timber with the high performance of our unique wood-free material. Millboard is non-porous, which means high resistance to algae growth and excellent anti-slip properties. 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.
What does Millboard look like?
Its appearance is the most realistic wood effect decking product in the world! (More importantly perhaps, it looks nothing like plastic). It is an alternative to wood and yet contains no wood or plastic.
What is it made from?
Millboard is made from Polyurethane resin (not plastic) with mineral stone flour commonly referred to as Resin, mineral composite (RMC). It also contains glass fibres to give extra exceptional strength. Other ingredients are high quality colour pigmentation and high-tech ultraviolet light inhibitors for durability and lasting beauty.
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 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.
How will saltwater effect Millboard decking?
Millboard is suited to saltwater environments. Salt water will have no known ill effects on Millboard decking and if need be Millboard can live submerged.
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 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 decking boards won’t bend across their width, but curves can be created by using the flexible edging profiles and fascias.
Are Millboard decking products environmentally friendly?
Yes. Because Millboard decking will not splinter, warp or fade in the way wood does, it dramatically reduces the wasteful life cycle of repair and replacement and eliminates the frequent application of environmentally harmful paint, sealers or stains. Millboard decking boards are manufactured with polyurethane resin which can typically last longer than timber, up to 35-40 years (subject to environment). Timber is typically 10-15 years. This avoids unnecessary replacement, which would use up resources on a broader scale. In addition, the manufacturing process of rigid polyurethane resin uses a lot lower energy expenditure (2-6 Mj/Kg) than thermoplastic process (6-29Mj/Kg), thus reducing potential emissions.
Polyurethane has an Ozone Depletion
Rating (ODR) = 0. Global warming
Potential (GWP) = 0.
Unlike wood, Millboard decking is a one-time purchase for most homeowners, with a 25-year Limited residential warranty.
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 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.
Is there a hidden fixing system?
Yes, the Durafix screws Millboard supplies are made to sink into the surface of the boards and the surface material covers back over leaving only a small, virtually indistinguishable hole
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.
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