As a country we are now used to the idea of composite decking. It has its benefits. We’re also still keen on real timber decking, but either way, both products have their own benefits and downfalls.
As technology has improved, an English company has developed a truly striking product, made only from natural minerals and bound together with a polymer resin, that harnesses the benefits of both natural timber and composite decking, and does away with the downfalls of both.
It’s a revolutionising product that is set to change the market, if we are to judge by its incredible uptake overseas. Known as Millboard, it is available exclusively in New Zealand through Forté Flooring, and is due to be officially launched in May of this year.
“It is a composite decking product, but it is completely wood and plastic free,” Forté’s Gratton McCallum says. “It’s made with natural minerals bonded together with a polymer resin and reinforced with long fibres.”
The fact that it is free of wood is a significant upside to the product, because all other composite decking products available in New Zealand are made with some form of timber, leaving them susceptible to the elements in some because, simply, timber is a natural product.