Different Decking Material – What Decking Do You Need?

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Andrew

Any outdoor space can have a great amount of versatility added to it with some decking, which can be fairly inexpensive to fit as a means through which to transform a messy outdoor space or help renovate a garden. You’ll be amazed at just how beautiful a deck can make these outdoor spaces.

Whether you’re a tradesman or a customer, there are however some questions that would naturally form in your mind as to what the appearance of your decking would be and how it would function. The most pressing question though would be that of which material you should use.

Wood

Thoughts of classic decking would naturally be accompanied with associations with green-tinted, press-treated lumber wood, or timber such as cedar which is used more commonly in the UK. Wood is beneficial in that it looks as natural as it is, which fits in perfectly with any garden in which you might want to maintain that all-natural look. For tradesmen wood makes for a generally cheaper option, with the cost savings in turn passed on to customers who can enjoy a lower quotation. That’s one of the many reasons why wood remains the most popular material made use of in the UK.

The maintenance costs associated with the wood itself come in the form of maintenance and some resealing perhaps. Re-staining may also be required to maintain the polished look of the wood as decolouration occurs naturally with the passage of time. The discolouration rate does depend on your deck’s location though, so if it receives ample sunlight as a result of being placed in a more sunlit area of your garden, discolouration will naturally take place quicker.

Composite Decking

Composite or manmade decking is growing in popularity for a number of reasons. The decking is comprised out of plastic material with the actual constituents of the plastic material depending on the manufacturer brand. Trex, for instance makes use of 95% recycled material, which would include the likes of reclaimed wood and even sawdust. Even plastic can be used as well.

Composite decking enjoys the property of being low maintenance over wood as no staining occurs, no fading, splitting or rotting, all due to it being of an artificial construction. It also resembles wood grain and comes in a number of different designs. You can’t repaint some composite decking brands though, so there’s very limited customisation of colour possible, in which case wood would be a better option if the decking is being installed for someone who might want to make a change later.

Which should I pick?

Most decks are wooden although there’s a rapid rise in interest in plastic decking. Rainfall and poor weather in the UK pushes many people in the direction of composite decking as it can withstand all which comes with the unstable seasons while maintaining its original appearance.

So if you can budget for composite decking, that’s perhaps the option to go with as it comes with less maintenance. Wooden decking on the other hand is cheaper and natural, although it is prone to splitting and warping.

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