Byron adds that the entry-level Eva-Tech decking is perfect for a residential application, and in some instances this bamboo-composite product has achieved price-parity or better, compared to timber.
“I have also been very impressed with how the product lasts. The Eva-Tech product comes with a 10-year warranty and I have been using this product for the past 13 years, and feedback from my early clients tells me the product has comfortably out-lasted the warranty period. For me, Eva-Last is the clear leader in the composite industry,” says Byron.
Jaco Botha, a seasoned contractor at Design-A, has been in the construction business for over three decades and was one of Eva-Last’s first customers. “I remember first using Eva-Last composite decking some 15 years ago, when they started growing their business, operating out of a small warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa. These days I only promote Eva-Last products. I have tried other composite products but their pricing is simply not competitive with Eva-Last. To me, one of this company’s biggest strengths is that they have been in the composite decking game the longest in South Africa, and this brings piece-of-mind in terms of customer back-up. In addition, they are simply the best in terms of product quality,” says Jaco.
“The big advantage that composite decking has over timber is that, relatively speaking, there is no maintenance. You don’t have to sand it down and re-seal it every year as you do with a timber deck. I love wood but high temperatures and the sun’s UV index kills a wooden deck while Eva-Last composite endures these extremes and looks great year after year,” explains Jaco.
“As for price, compared to a wooden deck, you generally pay a higher price for a composite deck, but it’s worth it when you take the quality of Eva-Last composite into account. And like any good product, you have to pay for quality. I have worked with Eva-Last for years now and they are definitely doing something right,” concludes Jaco.
Duanne “Jeep” Davis of DeckCon Projects works on large decking projects all over the country, doing mainly commercial project installations. One of his high-profile clients is the Burger King Group.
“I work almost exclusively with Eva-Last products, and those include balustrading items, as well as the decking and cladding. For decking I tend to use the mid-line Infinity range. I enjoy working with Eva-Last products because they offer very low-maintenance and the decking has great anti-slip properties making its safe, and the products are very ‘green’ in terms of minimising our environmental impact”, says Jeep.
“I give a two-year warranty on my workmanship and Eva-Last provides a 25-year warranty on its Infinity decking. I almost never have warranty claims and Eva-Last‘s claims are extremely rare, too. If there is a problem with the boards, the client fills out a claim form on Eva-Last’s website, submits it, and it is dealt with swiftly and professionally which is a great backup service for me as a contractor. And obviously it’s great for the client too”, adds Jeep.
He continues, “The durability of the Eva-Last decking is exceptional. The oldest decking I have installed is nine years old and it still looks like new. I don’t know if I will still be around when the 25-year warranty date comes up, but I’m confident there will be no problems.”
Jeeps says that the composite decking is ideal for the varied climates, especially in areas with extreme temperatures. “Another aspect of dealing with Eva-Last, that I like, is their strong brand presence. And if I need a supply of decking, the stock is always available, and that’s a big factor for me, in terms of delivery to a client.”
Jacques Nortier, owner of Top Tier Deck and Pergola, says: “Eva-Last has a wide range of composite products. They have a product to suit most customer’s needs, and it’s been that way since I began dealing with them over six years ago.”
Jacques adds: “They were first on the scene in the composite market in South Africa, and they have a great track record. Eva-Last are also known to stand by their warranties, which gives great confidence in the product and the company as a whole. Compared to timber, using Eva-Last composite products is a no-brainer considering the low maintenance of Eva-Last’s products. Over and above the many benefits of using Eva-Last composite building materials, the aesthetic quality, the presentation, look, touch and feel of the products, are absolutely excellent.”
With so many contractors seeing the value in working with Eva-Last as a business, as well as their product range, quality and back-up service, it is no wonder that more and more contractors are switching to Eva-Last composite materials.