10 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about fitting composite decking

Decking Frequently Asked Questions


Composite decking is a modern alternative to traditional wood decking. It is made from a combination of recycled wood fibers and plastic materials, often enhanced with additives for strength and durability.

Yes, composite decking is DIY-friendly. With the right tools, materials, and careful planning, DIY enthusiasts can successfully install composite decking.

Essential tools include a measuring tape, circular saw, cordless drill/driver, level, safety gear, and more. The specific tools may vary depending on your project's complexity.

Composite decking requires significantly less maintenance compared to wood. It doesn't need staining, sealing, or frequent upkeep. A simple periodic cleaning is usually sufficient.

Yes, you can often install composite decking over an existing wood deck, provided the existing structure is in good condition and properly prepared.

Use deck board spacers to maintain consistent spacing between boards. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the appropriate spacing for your specific composite decking product.

Many composite decking brands, including Hyperion®, use recycled materials, making them an environmentally responsible choice.

With proper installation and maintenance, composite decking can last for several decades. Some manufacturers offer warranties that extend for 25 years or more.

In most cases, composite decking cannot be painted or stained because it has a protective surface layer. You should follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and maintaining the deck's appearance.

Most composite decking products do not require sealing or waterproofing. However, you should consult the manufacturer's guidelines for your specific product to ensure proper maintenance. 

Please note that specific installation instructions and maintenance requirements may vary depending on the brand and product of composite decking you choose, so always refer to the manufacturer's recommendations for your project.