Can you paint composite decking or is it just a waste of time?

woman painting composite decking brown
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Can you paint composite decking? While many people's thoughts might well be turning towards some deck maintenance now that summer is (almost) here, it really does pay to only carry out tasks that are going to really benefit your garden.

Decking ideas come in all shapes and sizes – and in many different materials too. The type of decking you have will dictate what kind of care and maintenance it requires to stay looking its very best – in short, what works for one decking material may well be completely unsuitable for another.

A headshot of Chris Bonnett, Owner of Gardening Express. Publisher of Garden Couture
Chris Bonnett

Chris founded Gardening Express in the late 1990's, while still a teenager. He decided it would be a fantastic idea to combine his passion of the great outdoors and plants with the Internet. While studying for a degree at Writtle College, world-renowned in the world of horticulture, Chris painstakingly built up the business, all funded from savings from part time jobs, until a full blown success had been created from the foundation years of hard work.

Lee Heitzman
Lee Heitzman

Lee Heitzman is the UK market manager for Trex and has worked with builders' merchants and timber importers throughout his 22-year career.

Helen Godsiff
Helen Godsiff

Helen Godsiff is brand manager at Eurocell, a manufacturer, distributor, and recycler of building products. They recently invested £10m+ in their recycling plants due to their commitment to reduce the company's environmental impact.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.