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Composite decking in New Zealand is known for its durability. It is also known for its similarity to natural wood. One of the biggest concerns about using composite deck materials is whether the material can withstand the test of time and exposure to harsh elements. We have put together a list of the most common factors that may damage wood but will never damage composite materials.


Wood absorbs moisture whenever it is exposed to it. The water that gets absorbed through pores and cracks of wood may soften the wood, rendering it weaker than it was. This will not be an issue with composite materials because it is water-resistant. You can install composite decks near swimming pools or other areas where moisture is inevitable and it will still last for years.


UV radiation from the sun can damage wood in New Zealandbut will never damage composite decking. Composite decks have heat resistant composition and they come with a layer of protection against elements.

Pests and insects

Natural wood in New Zealandhas a scent that attracts insects and pests. Its perforated structure also invites critters to reside within the material. On the other hand, composite decks are designed to be resistant to pests and insects that may harm your pets and even cause diseases.

Mildew and mould

When water seeps through the wood, mildew and mould will follow. The growth of mildew and mould is a sight for sore eyes and can be a health risk. Composite decks, on the other hand, repel water and this means that there is a lower risk of mould and mildew growth.


Most building managers and homeowners love the scratch-resistance of composite decking NZ. Unlike wood that can get damaged by abrasion, composite decking is resistant to scratches. This may be attributed to its blend of recycled plastic and wood fibre.

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