Decking popularity over the last few years has soared. This is because it transforms outdoor living spaces and is relatively easy to install. it is light, cost effective and is easy to handle because it doesn’t require cement.
Decking should be thought of as an outdoor extension of you living space. An ideal area for parties, relaxation, getting some sun or having a bbq.
If you are planning on buying decking you may be tempted just to pick some that looks nice and is cheap enough. This is how most people do it.
But doing it this way will cost you in the long term both in time and in money. This guide is written so that you will know how to make the best choice when choosing, installing and maintaining decking.
This article isn’t here to sell anything. It’s here to make sure you know what the sellers wont tell you. To make sure you are properly informed about the hidden costs and pitfalls behind each type of decking.
This article will give you a good overall understanding of decking so that you can make the best choice when buying. Topics covered are:
- Types of decking
- Composite decking
- Hardwood and softwood decking
- Alternatives such as grass, plastic and rubber decking
- Installing decking
- Ideas to improve your decking
- How you can used decking if you have a small garden.
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Because of its light weight properties, decking can work well on roof terraces. However, by far the most popular is garden decking.
Garden decking can create fantastic and highly usable outdoor living spaces. On modern buildings and urban spaces this works well. The same cannot be said for older properties where the straight lines will clash with the designs.
If you have a period property consider whether decking will be the right choice. Sometimes mixing old and new works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Garden decking can enhance a garden in a variety of ways. Awkward slopes can be turned into terraces and barren patches of ground can turned into raised platforms.