What is Millboard Decking?

Find out why Millboard is the next generation in composite decking.

How is Millboard made?

Photo of a Millboard Decking Cross-SectionMillboard decking is hand-made in the United Kingdom & styled from real oak timbers, creating an incredible realistic look that captures the natural beauty of wood. But unlike traditional timber - which needs regular on-going maintenance like oiling & sanding to try and stave off rotting, mould, stains, warping, cupping, fading, splinters & a host of other undesirable effects - Millboard is totally different!

This is because unlike traditional timber, or even conventional composite decking WPC (which typically contain half timber fibre / flours / rice husks & half plastic) - Millboard contains no timber, nor any plastic. Millboard composite decking is made from a revolutionary Polyurethane resin, reinforced with mineral fibres plus a unique LastaneĀ® coating. So what is Polyurethane then? It's a type of elastomer, which is a polymer about half way between a plastic and a rubber. It maintains the rigidity & longevity of plastic, with the suppleness of rubber. This means Millboard feels much more natural under foot, while still offering incredible durability.

Virtually Maintenance - Free

Millboard decking contains no timber, or plastic! It's totally non-porous - meaning it doesn't absorb moisture, doesn't shrink or expand like traditional decking or composites, & is highly stain resistant, spills won't penetrate the surface!

No Mould, No Rot
  No Algae

Because Millboard decks contain no timber, there are no sugars to host mould or algae! Millboard is perfect for pools, beaches or wet areas where regular timber (or composites which typically contain timber or flour) will rot & decay over time.

Anti-Slip, No Splinters
& UV Stable

Millboard composite decking's unique Lastane surface is highly anti-slip in the wet - R11 Rated. Safe for young feet - You will never get any splinters or grain lift - ever! Plus the two-tone colour finish offers U.V. stability & is highly resistant to fading.

Environmentally
Friendly

Not a single tree is chopped down to produce Millboard. Millboard decking is designed & hand crafted in the U.K. from a low energy classed process, as such Millboard is the sustainable choice in exterior decking.

Lost Head
Top Fixing

No pre-drilling, no counter-sinking, no fiddly & expensive clipping system. Using Millboard's stainless steel Durafix screws the unique Lastane material self-heals back over the fixing to leave a virtually indistiguishable mark - it couldn't be simpler!

Hard Wearing &
Scratch Resistant

The tough Lastane layer is highly scratch resistant and it's inherent anti-abrasive qualities make a Millboard deck perfect for commercial or public applications where a demanding environment requires a resilient product.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Millboard Decking?
Millboard is different. It contains no timber, nor any plastic! It is hand-made in the United Kingdom from real timber and is the only decking crafted this way!

For more information why not read our section on:   What is Millboard?
Can I get a Sample?
Of course! - If you would like a sample please contact us and we can send some samples out to you. Please let us know what colour and texture (Weathered Oak or enhanced grain) you are thinking about, and any other information about your upcoming project such as sqm2, residential or commerical etc. We can help with your choice and offer tips on getting the most out of Millboard.

If you are an Architect, Specifier or a Builder we also have Architect's Sample Packs available which showcase the full Millboard composite decking range.
Can I see Millboard installed or are there displays?
Yes - select stores have displays of Millboard decking, and Millboard has been used in several prominent major public works. Millboard has even been used for an Alfresco Cinema! If you would like to see Millboard decking "in the wild", Please contact us with your general location (state/town) and we can advise you of the nearest place to go and see Millboard.
Where can I buy Millboard?
Millboard is available Australia wide. For a list of stockists please contact us and we can recommend the best merchants or installers in your area.
Can you recommend an installer?
If you contact us with your details our friendly team is always very happy to help! We can recommend installers in your area that have a high quality of workmanship and professionalism so that you get the best out of your Millboard project.
Does Millboard come with a Warranty?
Yes - An industry leading 25Y Residential limited warranty! Millboard decking gives you peace of mind against rotting such as fungal and mildew decay, splitting and twsiting. Millboard is handcrafted in the U.K., for full warranty details please see the warranty page here
Why are Millboards virtually maintenance free?
Millboards are manufactured with non-porous material, meaning that it doesn't absorb moisture. This makes it highly stain resistant - Do not use any kind of solvent, chemicals, abrasive cleaners, sanding, sealing wax or oil, or even any household cleaners! A simple brush down & rinse with some soapy water is all that's needed to clean Millboards. There is no need for pressure wash as there are no pours for dirt to become ingrained in!
If that wasn't low maintenance enough, unlike traditional timber or even common Wood/Plastic composites, Millboard decking also doesn't contain any timber, flour or husk fibres (which all have sugars in them), so Millboard will not host algae or mould growth.
Are Millboards anti-slip?
Yes! Millboards in the BS79.76 slip resistance tests both textures lead the industry with their high scoring anti-slip ratings - even in wet conditions! This is one of the reasons Millboard is so popular with councils as it meets and exceeds the requested anti-slip requirements for public use.
Do Millboards mark?
The Lastane(R) finish is highly resistant to scratches and food & drink stains.
Can Millboard be used for things other applications?
Millboard decking is extremely versatile and can be used to create not only beautiful decks, but also can be used for Cladding, both vertically and horizontally, for ceiling lining, steps, bridges, pontoons, balconies, planter boxes, gardens & so much more!

Why not get inspired by looking through recent Millboard projects in our Gallery?
How do you cut Millboard, is it the same as wood?
Millboard decking boards can be cut in much the same way as regular timber. We recommend a carbon tipped multipurpose saw. Plastic composite decking tends to blunt saw blades very quickly and be difficult screw & to work with - but with Millboard this isn't a problem! Don't forget that we have Touch Up Paint available in 500ml tins for colour matching exposed cut ends.
What joist spacing do you recommend?
Joist spacing of 400mm centres is recommended for normal residential and light commerical use. On heavy commercial bridges, balconies, moorings, doorways, steps and public areas - use 300mm spacing. If you need to cut Millboard down along the length, then reduce the joist centres accordingly.

A Minimum of 3 joists are needed for any cut boards. When laying 45 degrees to the joist we recommend a maximum of 300mm centres and 240mm centres on commercial applications. For full installation guidelines please refer to the documentation available for download from the Installation Guidelines page.
How do you fix Millboard? What fixings should you use?
Fixing Millboard couldn't be simpler! There are no fiddly and expensive clipping systems, no pre-drilling nor any countersinking required. Millboard decking is simply top fixed like real timber - But with an incredible "lost-head" hidden fixing. The Lastane(R) layer self heals over the screws to leave an near indistinguishable mark for a clean finish! After extensive testing we recommend and supply Durafix Stainless Steel screws for the best results.