Why is Millboard Unique?

Millboard Decking vs Composite Decking

In recent years, composite decking, which combines plastic materials with wood fibers, has grown in popularity faster than wood, with increasing options for styles, colors, and finishes. While new technology has improved the durability of composite decking, its wood content still leaves it vulnerable to some of the same problems that make traditional wood the most difficult decking material to maintain. 

More recently, alternatives to composite decking have been entering the market. UK-based Millboard, whose polyurethane decking is making waves around the world, contains no wood, making it virtually maintenance free. 


What is Millboard Decking Made From?

Rather than wood, Millboard decking uses high-quality polyurethane. Polyurethane is flexible like rubber but sturdy and long-lasting like plastic, making it an ideal choice for outdoor building. Millboard decking won’t warp or rot over time, and the solid boards are water-resistant and immune to pests and algae. Polyurethane is attracting attention as an interior and exterior building material across Europe, and now it’s making its way to the US, with Millboard leading the charge.

The outer layer has a durable Lastane coating, which doesn’t need the upkeep typically needed of wood decks: oils, frequent coatings, sandings, and harmful chemical cleaners. 


Hand-Molded, Hand-Colored

The boards are also molded by hand from real oak. Many composite decking boards are made by extrusion, where the raw materials are inserted into a small opening and the filling process impacts the final shape of the board. Millboard, however, is molded and colored by hand, which is why the boards look so realistic. Small details like tone and grain variation are key to the authentic wood look, and are only possible with Millboard’s artisan touch.

Though its composition is unique, Millboard decking is easy to work with. A large selection of accessories makes for simple installation, even down to the lost-head screws. 


Which Is Safer, Polyurethane Or Composite Decking?

While composite decking is a good choice for outdoor building, the lower-maintenance, higher-value option may be a premium polyurethane material that contains no wood fibers. For ultimate resistance to pests, algae and fungi, slipping and splinters, pests, rotting, and warping, you will want to choose wood-free boards. With screws that disappear under the flexible coating, and a smooth yet slip-resistant surface, polymer decking options like Millboard are both safer and stronger, and will last decades with virtually no upkeep needed. And with its detailed, authentic-looking finish, you won’t even be able to tell the difference.

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