Sydney's Leading Composite Decking

It’s time to design your dream deck with Sydney’s leading specialists at UrbanArch Building.

High Quality Composite Decking Sydney

You love the look of hardwood, but the ongoing maintenance and associated costs sting (almost as much as a hardwood deck splinters sting).
Thankfully, you don’t need to sacrifice the elegant charm of natural timber anymore (and you can say goodbye to splinters too) with advanced composite boards. Protected by industry-leading polymer capping technology, it’s time to enjoy a new deck that’s resistant against stains, termites, rot, warp, discolouration and damage.
Oh, and with fine details perfectly resembling wood grain, you get all the advantages of an eco-friendly deck building, and lose none of the exquisite, rustic charms of hardwood.
At UrbanArch Building we believe truly great decks should stand the test of time – that’s why we’re Sydney’s leading provider of composite decking materials.

If you want to learn more, check out our articles:

  1. Decking Resources
  2. Composite deck vs. Hardwood deck?
  3. Planning Your Deck

Trex Deck

Trex deck is the world’s largest manufacturer of alternative timber products. Made of 95% recycled materials, this deck doesn’t need to fall a single tree to create modern, elegant materials that are almost indistinguishable from hardwood – but offer a wide range of advantages instead.

Millboard Deck

Combining the aesthetic appeal of timber with the benefits of composite decking, millboard is rising in popularity in Sydney homes. Not only are they long lasting and resistant to termites, but they’re also environmentally friendly. Oh, and no painful splinters if you venture outside without footwear.

Trex Deck Boards

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What is Composite Decking Made Of?

It’s become the newest buzzword in outdoor living, but what does it *actually* mean?

Composite boards consist of a core and a cap. This makes it seem like a simple product, when the make-up of your board is anything but simple.
The core is made up of two primary ingredients: wood (e.g. sawdust, wood chips, wood fibre) and plastic. However, unlike hardwood which requires trees to be felled, this type of board sources wood from recycled materials, making your new deck an environmentally-friendly addition to your Sydney home.
And to protect the core, each board is capped with a bonded polymer. This adds protection against weathering, fading, scratching, bleaching, staining and mould.
Put simply, composite material is the fastest growing timber-alternative on the Australian market.
Long gone are the days when alternative products meant sacrificing aesthetic beauty. In fact, you’ve probably enjoyed time in the great outdoors on a composite deck that looked indistinguishable from hardwood deck.
So while it’s easy to say composite is “not wood”, that would be selling things short. These boards are the fastest growing alternative to timber decks on the planet, and with a list of benefits as long as your arm, it’s easy to see why.

Millboard Deck Boards

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Jarrah
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Coppered Oak
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Golden Oak
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Limed Oak
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Vintage Oak
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Driftwood
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What are the Benefits of Composite Decking?

At UrbanArch Building we’ve got years of experience working with Sydney homes to turn unused outdoor spaces into functional and exciting decks that become central to the way you live your life.
But we also know you’re not here to hear us talk about ourselves, you’re here to find out what advantages a new composite deck would bring to your day-to-day life.
When it comes to a low-maintenance deck that keeps money in your pocket, it’s tough to go past these benefits:
With the appearance of stunning timber, but the durability advantages only man-made composite can offer, this type of deck is for the Sydney homeowner who values their time outdoors.

How is This Type of Deck Made?

When you plan on spending your weekends relaxing outside, it helps to know the boards underfoot can handle any guests, outdoor furniture, and elements that Sydney has to offer.
This type of deck is made through what’s known as a ‘co-extrusion’ process.
This combines all of the raw materials needed to create this type of board (e.g. sawdust, wood fibres, wood chips, recycled plastic), and melts them into a mixture. This mixture is then shaped into the boards you’ll see online and at your local hardware store, making it tough to spot the difference between timber and composite.
But unless you’ve got incredible x-ray vision, what you won’t notice is the additional protective layer, bonded to the substrate to prevent delamination (i.e. layers splitting in your deck). This process might be invisible, but it adds a rock-hard shell to protect against foot traffic, stains and spills, plus protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays which can fade natural wood.
So while the deck may look like rustic, gorgeous timber, its brilliant texture and resilient exterior have been scientifically made to stand up to everything that Sydney can throw at it (and then some).

How Much Does Composite Decking Cost in Sydney?

Let’s talk dollars and cents.
As an average, the price of a single board starts at $50 and goes up from there. But your home isn’t average, and neither are we.
That’s why it’s easier to quote a project based on total costs (which includes installation as well as decking boards) which leaves the average cost of a composite deck sitting between $180 to $200 per square metre – this covers the boards and hidden fasteners.
As with any project, you’ll need to factor in a few variables relating to the cost of your finished deck. These typically include:
At UrbanArch Building we set the standard in quality, low-maintenance alternatives to wood that won’t break the bank. Our deck builders design for Sydney’s unique conditions and offer unrivalled lifestyle advantages, so if you’re interested in learning more, call 0413 185 735.

How long does it take to install this type of deck in Sydney?

Composite boards are designed to be durable and easy to install. We’ll need to secure council permission (if necessary) before construction, with an estimated 8 to 10 weeks between filing the paperwork to completing your new deck.

Why Should You Pay More for Composite (When Timber Is Cheaper)?

Every savvy Sydney homeowner knows a home improvement project is much more than an upfront price.
If you’re paying a handyman to build a deck out of wood you found washed up on Bondi Beach then you’ll be saving money hand over fist. But when that deck starts splintering and cracking within weeks you’ll face years of expensive repairs and fixes.
The same goes for composite decking.
It’s true that this type of deck for your Sydney property will cost more than the same-sized timber deck, but you’ll make that money back (and then some) as the years go by. This is because the deck doesn’t need the annual maintenance and attention that hardwood requires.
No staining. No oiling. No painting.
Better still, these boards don’t splinter, warp, rot, or deteriorate in the harsh Australian elements, so you can save hundreds of dollars every year that would have gone towards deck care.
Over the 25 year lifespan of a 30 sq metre composite deck, this can add up to savings of $22,500 to $45,000, depending on the amount of maintenance required.

How to Compare Deck Materials

Composite decking has been a popular choice for outdoor decks and entertainment areas for over 30 years, so naturally there’s a wide range of brands to choose from.
Over time, brands have introduced dynamic innovations, new materials, upgraded manufacturing processes, and modern installation techniques to help deliver a superior deck – but this does make choosing the right material more of a challenge for you.
The truth is, composite is not made equal.
Land on the wrong board and you can quickly end up with a deck that’s not worth your investment, and likely to cost plenty in future repair and maintenance costs. To help you choose the best board for you, always compare:
Wondering what to look for when choosing the best composite product in Sydney?

Capped vs. Uncapped Composite Decking

With endless boards advertising themselves as ‘Maintenance-Free’ it’s tough to know who’s telling the truth and who’s peddling false information.
The most important thing to know is that capped decking falls into the ‘Maintenance-Free’ category, because they’re protected with an extra layer that’s bonded to the surface of your boards during the manufacturing process.
While early, first generation composite boards were uncapped (meaning they were at risk of fading, mould and mildew), decks are now available capped. At UrbanArch Building we only offer the best materials, meaning every product we source and install offers advanced premium protection on all four sides, keeping your boards safe and secure against outdoor furniture scratches, harmful UV rays, and clumsy family members.
Best of all, the bonding process occurs during manufacturing and under extremely high temperatures. That means no chemicals, no nasty bonding agents, and no adhesives that can end up in your garden.

Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Decking In Sydney

What brands do you supply and install?

Popular brands include Trex, Millboard, and Azek. At UrbanArch Building we’re Sydney’s leading supplier and installer of Trex – the market leader in composite deck materials.

What is a composite material made of?

Composite boards consist of plastic and wood (e.g. sawdust, chips and wood fibre) with zero chemicals used during the construction process for a truly eco-friendly decking option.

How long do these boards last?

With a protective shell around your board’s inner core, the composite can last from 25 to 50 years with little maintenance.

How much maintenance will a composite deck require?

This material won’t fade or wear from exposure to Sydney’s harsh sun. You’ll also enjoy a composite decking that’s resistant to mould, mildew, termites, plus wear and tear. With so many defensive advantages your new deck needs nothing more than a good sweep and wash 2 to 3 times a year to prevent dirt and grime build-up.

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