Decking and Composite Decking vs Outdoor Tiles: Which is Better?

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If you’re looking to create an outdoor space, there are many options to choose from. Two of the most popular modern choices are composite wooden decking and tiled outdoor patios. But, between the two, which is better? In this blog, we’ll compare the benefits of composite decking with outdoor tiles, so you can make an informed decision on which is best for you.


Composite Decking vs Outdoor Patio Tiles

Composite decking is a modern alternative to traditional wood decking. It is made from a combination of wood fibres and recycled plastic. This makes it resistant to rot, mould, and wood-boring insects, as well as being low-maintenance and durable. Composite decking is available in a variety of colours and styles, so you can choose the perfect look for your outdoor space.

Outdoor tiles, on the other hand, are a traditional option for outdoor patios. They come in a variety of materials, including natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic. Outdoor tiles are often less expensive than composite decking, but they can be brittle, difficult to install and slippery in some circumstances. 

Outdoor tiles also require more skill and experience to install properly, as they need to be laid out in a specific pattern and grouted to ensure stability. Adding to the expense, they require a paved area to be installed. 


Benefits of Composite Decking

Easy to Install

Composite decking can be installed with relative ease, even for those without much construction experience. The boards are lightweight and easy to cut to size, and they can be installed with hidden fasteners for a seamless look. Even if you require a contractor to install them, it will be significantly cheaper because of the simplicity of the job. 


Composite decking can be more durable than tiles, depending on the materials chosen. Tiles are often a trade-off between durability and brittleness – where composite decking offers a tough, durable material that is not at risk of chipping or cracking. Most composite decks are guaranteed to last 10+ years. 


Composite decking is typically made from recycled materials, so it is an eco-friendly choice for your outdoor space.


Composite decking is slip-resistant, making it a safe choice for your outdoor space. This is especially important if you have children or elderly relatives who may be at risk of slipping and falling.


Composite decking is available in a variety of colours and styles, so you can choose the perfect look for your outdoor space. Whether you want a traditional wood look or a more modern design, there is a composite decking option to suit your needs.


Benefits of Outdoor Tiles


Outdoor tiles are often less expensive over time than composite decking, making them a good choice if you’re on a budget. However, it’s important to keep in mind the high upfront installation costs, especially if you don’t already have an outdoor patio built. 


Outdoor tiles come in a variety of materials, colours, and styles, so you can choose the perfect look for your outdoor space. Whether you want a natural stone look or a sleek porcelain design, there is an outdoor tile option to suit your needs.

Easy to Replace

Should you ever wish to replace your tiles, they are simpler to remove and replace than wooden decking. 


If properly installed and maintained, and depending on the material, outdoor tiles can last for many years. This makes them a good long-term investment for your outdoor space.


How to Choose Between Composite Decking and Outdoor Tiles

Both composite decking and outdoor tiles have their benefits. Composite decking offers cheaper and easier installation, durability, safety, versatility and eco-friendliness over tiles. Outdoor tiles, however, can be cheaper over the long term, offer a wide variety of styles, are easy to replace and can last just as long as composite wood.


It’s up to you to consider your priorities. If you want a low-maintenance, durable, and eco-friendly option, composite decking is the way to go. However, if you’re on a budget and want a variety of style options, outdoor tiles may be the better choice for you.


The Best of Both Worlds: 4Everdeck Composite Decking Tiles

4Everdeck composite decking tiles combine the best features of wood composite and tiles, with a unique plastic interlocking base that makes installation a breeze.  Read more about our composite decking tiles here, or contact us today to find out more. 

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