Over the past few years, garden decking has become a popular way to extend your home into your garden and add more space for you and your family to enjoy. When designing a new deck it is important to remember that good design will make a big difference to its functionality. Here are some tips to help you get the perfect garden decking.
What materials should I use for my garden decking?
Decks are often made from timber, such as softwood or hardwood boards, however many people are now looking at using various composite woods including recycled plastic, wood fibre and other synthetic materials such as HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene). Composite materials have many benefits including not needing specific tools whilst they are non-slip (usually as standard). That said, you really can’t beat traditional timber decking.
Timber decking is strong, easy to clean and very reliable. It also gives your garden a tremendous amount of character and style!
Many people choose to finish their timber decks with a weather-resistant treatment. There are many products available for this purpose, ranging from varnish to ‘extreme protection’ lacquers. All of these options will provide excellent resistance against the elements while retaining the look and feel of the natural wood grain.
To enjoy your decking as it was intended, however, you must create an inviting space for entertaining family and friends in one of the most enjoyable parts of your home – outdoors!
Timber deckings are great for summer barbecues and entertaining friends.
Deckings need to be looked upon as an alternative to the traditional green garden lawn that occupies the majority of most back gardens in Britain. The reality is that during most of the year it will be impossible to mow your grass — much less play football on it! If you have a covered decking, you can enjoy your garden all year round, perhaps adding heaters during the wintertime to stay nice and snug.
It’s true that decking does take work to look after but it is less work than mowing a lawn and far more satisfying as you can choose your own colours, patterns and designs.
The upkeep of decking is not only cheaper in terms of time cost but also in terms of money spent on materials too! Most timber decks are made from treated pine (as they must be correctly maintained) which will last for many years without major treatment or repair.
So there you have it, they are just a few of the reasons why we love a timber deck. We have found that many people are now turning their back on traditional lawns and going for timber decks as they provide a cheaper, safer and more stylish home to reside at.