How much is Composite Decking?

Even in these dark times, it might be hard to focus on spending money on Composite Decking for the garden especially seeing food supplies fall rapidly during this pandemic. However, Gardening is the best way to settle your Mental Health and to keep calm during Lockdown.

Here at RG Driveways in Birmingham, West Midlands. We have listed all the need to know about installing, costs, materials and time frames for installing Composite Decking in your Garden.

Composite Decking Job Details

Composite decking (aka Wood-Plastic decking) is a recent material which offers the beauty of modern decking but without the typical work and maintenance required. Composite decking is a man-made material that has the natural look of hardwood and has become the fastest and most popular style of decking in Birmingham.

The decking is usually made from a recycled plastic and wood, which in practice comes from discarded plastics which have been recycled and wood chippings/sawdust, so this is much less harmful to the environment than other types of decking. But the main reason people buy composite decking is for the convenience, this material needs virtually zero maintenance as there is no need to sand or treat the surface regularly. Plus, the composite boards don’t fade in the sun and really only need a wipe down with soapy water once every year.


Installation of the decking generally costs the same as traditional wooden decking. However different composite manufacturers have different fitting guidelines, so the instructions need to be carefully followed to avoid problems using the included fasteners and parts for your chosen boards.

Some decking(s) are not a strong or as stable as wood decking and it is vital that you leave the correct spacing between boards to compensate for this additional movement. You also need to leave a specific gap between the decking boards and any abutting wall to allow for expansion during hot weather. Failure to leave sufficient expansion gaps will lead to warping and buckling of decking boards in hot weather.

What’s the Cost of it?

Usually, the cost of it could be around £100.00 for 1 metre squared. However, this may vary depending on the quality of the flooring and the suppliers of the decking. So, really the overall cost of the flooring will be dependant largely on the size of the decking area being produced.

Mostly all tradespeople may also add extra costs of some additional work such as, materials, worktime, and wages. The time labour is involved is usually a few days, but again this depends on the size and complexity of the installation. For any additional complexity or issues that may arise, this could incur additional costs where more time has been spent by the tradesperson to complete the work