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Timber Decking01/07/2015

Timber Decking

  Decking is a fairly common sight in many gardens right? But do we all know really how much one can improve the overall appearance of your home and garden? In this article, I hope to give insight to all those who read summing up the facts and generally helpful information we have gathered over the years./p>

 

As you are likely well aware, a deck or decking are popular landscape features built to offer a more convenient and viable outdoor space for entertainment and socialising. Decking is sometimes referred to as being able to “bring a little bit of home outside” and often gives its owners a place to relax and lounge outside with their friend and family.

The raised nature of building decking is useful counteracting the uneven and sometimes unusable nature of gradients making a more usable and viable area to enjoy the outside without the costly alternative of landscaping changes.

You may be considering decking, and if so you will decide on materials you use, the size of the deck you want, and even the cost of the project.

Timber Decking

Softwood: This type of timber is the most common used by contractors and DIYers alike and when you look at the reasons you\'ll understand why. You can often get yourself softwood decking boards, such as our untreated larch, for under four-five pound per metre and this obviously the main reason for the choice being the affordability though not to mention that most reputable suppliers will have good availability and supply.

With price in mind, softwood decking is less dense when compared to hardwood and is usually required to be treated in accordance with British standard to be sold in most cases, though some softwoods like Larch already contain natural resin that offers adequate protection and resistance. With the low density as compared to hardwood, it makes to understand that softwood will show signs of wear and distortion much sooner.

In conclusion, softwood is a viable choice to those who want to build good looking and functional decking that will still last within a tight budget.

Hardwood: Unlike softwood, hardwood timber is not as commonly used when it comes to decking and softwood is still favoured due to the higher costs of hardwood. However, hardwood timber does offer superior strength and longevity in comparison and is generally easier to maintain.

Though hardwood can be left untreated and unmaintained, it is best practice to treat or finish your hardwood deck to keep the colour and prevent it from weathering unless you prefer the silver-grey aesthetic. With everything considered, hardwood timber is the ideal option if one can afford it as they generally will last longer, withstand more and often have very striking appearances such as European Oak and Tropical Yellow Balau. You can find a range of Hardwood decking here.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is another option to think about as an alternative to timber decking. Unlike timber that will eventually wear or decay, composite decking will in most cases outlast timber due to their synthetic properties, though like timber they have their own advantages and disadvantages.

One of the biggest advantages over timber and the main reason people might prefer this option is how no maintenance is required and how it will cope easily in different environments when timber needs a little thought in regards to the type of timber and the species you use. Composite decking slots itself in the bracket between hardwood and softwood in terms of price, though like the two is usually readily available and plentiful.

Composite decking doesn’t need any treatment for it to last and can also be painted pretty much any colour you desire, though cheaper brands will tend to look fake and like plastic falling away from the ‘natural’ appearance most want from their decking. All in, composite decking is perfect for those who want a simple and effective, care free way to improve the overall look of their garden.

 

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