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What type of decking to choose

  • If you’re looking for a durable, stylish deck for your outdoor space, you may be debating between decking materials. they all have advantages and disadvantages, so understanding the differences can help you choose the best option for your needs.


    Hardwood decking is generally more expensive than softwood, but it’s also more durable and long-lasting. Hardwood decking is also more resistant to rotting if it gets wet. Hardwood decking also tends to be more aesthetically pleasing than softwood, as it’s available in a wider range of colours, grains, and finishes.


    Softwood decking is less expensive than hardwood decking, but it’s also less durable. It’s more prone to rot, warping, and sometimes insect infestation. However, softwood decking can be a great option if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to add a deck to your outdoor space.

     It can be stained or painted to match your home’s exterior and is easy to repair if it becomes damaged. However, softwood requires some maintenance over the years, such as staining and sealing, to keep it in top condition. Softwood is by far the most popular option for UK decking.


    Composite decking is a popular alternative to wood, as it requires little maintenance and is resistant to rot and insects. Composite decking Composite wood decking is a combination of wood fibres and plastic, often made from recycled materials, which are then bound together to form a decking board.


    Composite decking is available in a variety of stunning colours and finishes. Composite is designed to look like real wood and has a grain texture. However, composite decking is more expensive than both wood options and may not be as strong or durable.


    Choosing a material for your deck comes down to personal taste and practicality for the garden which all come together to create something functional and aesthetically pleasing. 


    If you are really stuck on what decking material to use for your garden we recommend garden design services to enable you to create your dream outdoor space which harmoniously compliments your lifestyle.




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