Different Types of Garden Decking

Installing decking in a garden or outdoor area is a brilliant way of transforming the look and function of your space. However, there are a number of varieties of decking to choose from (e.g. plastic, wood, composite) and there is sometimes confusion as to what the differences are. This article will look at the main types of decking and the benefits of each.

Hardwood decking is usually quite visually appealing and preferred because of the natural wood look. However, it can dry out in hot weather, so it does require oiling to prevent it from splintering. If you are looking for a particularly smooth finish you may need to have it professionally installed, as fitting the decking whilst keeping the fixings hidden can be a difficult task. Hardwood isn’t necessarily the best solution for balconies as the natural sap within the wood leaches out and can discolour nearby bricks. This obviously isn’t an issue if you are looking for a deck within the centre of a garden.

Composite decking is made of recycled hardwood and polymer resin. Unlike softwood, composite decking is low maintenance as it doesn’t require annual cleaning. One major benefit of composite decking is that it can be moulded to meet almost any desired spatial conditions. Available in a variety of colours and finishes composite decking is ideal for any outdoor space regardless of size or shape. One disadvantage is that quality composite decking can be expensive, however it will add to the value of your home and some of the best decking companies will offer a 25 year guarantee so you know your decking is going to last.

Plastic decking isn’t known for being particularly durable. It tends to expand and contract when the temperature changes and it has been known to creak and groan as it moves. Due to this movement plastic decking needs to be fixed to steel frames which can be very costly. If you are keen to help the environment it is possible to buy recycled plastic decking.

Lots of people opt for softwood decking because they want a natural wood appearance, however softwood decks have been known to become very slippery when wet. Even when the weather is dry algae and mould builds up creating a slimy slippery surface. Washing off the algae is a quick fix but by doing so, you make the timber more moisture-absorbent causing more algae to return. This type of decking needs annual cleaning and treating to keep it looking fresh.

There are lots of options if you are thinking about garden decking. The first thing you should do is consider the space and how much you can afford to spend. Decking varies in cost but you tend to get what you pay for in terms of quality. Decked areas can add to the value of your home so it is something to keep in mind when comparing the cost.

Composite decking is just one of the options available to you. Not all composite decking is the same and there are a number of suppliers to choose from. TimberTech UK is a company based in South Wales that supplies composite decking. Easy to install this decking requires minimal maintenance.