A Guide to Decking Materials

Garden decking can be a beautiful addition to the exterior of your home; it can extend your home into the garden and create an idyllic place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Often, it is too quickly assumed that all garden decking is made from wood. This is because it is usually the most popular choice, as using natural materials in a natural environment compliments the garden well. However, there are all kinds of different materials that you could use which also offer an incredible look and finish, and which are also low maintenance.

Firstly, there is a lot to consider when deciding on your deck’s design, as it can really have an impact on the overall look of your outdoor exterior. You need to ensure that the space you intend to build your decking will be correctly measured so that there are no nasty surprises when you are ready to install it. Aspects such as the width of the decking material, colour and finish must also be considered as they will each add to the aesthetics of the decking,

Wooden decking is the first choice as it has the obvious attraction of being naturally charming in a variety of different ways. This means that there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to style choice and design, however the fact that it is a natural material means that it requires high maintenance and this is a factor to consider if you would rather prefer a more self-sufficient material. If this is the case then plastic decking may be the perfect option for you, as it can resist against any of the natural elements. However, you will lose the authenticity of the look of real wood by opting for PVC or polyethylene decking.

More recently there have been more materials made available, for example there is now composite decking. This type of decking is a mix of plastic and wood and it offers a reliable way to build very strong and protected decking. Some of this composite decking is also made from recycled material which is an attractive option for those who are conscious of the costs to the environment. Overall, it is a great way to get the same look as real wooden decking without having to worry about the decking developing much wear and tear from the weather.

When deciding on which material to choose, it will be a case of taking into account your budget as certain options are more expensive than others. But then it will also be important to consider how much you will be using your decking and how much maintenance it will require. As much as this feels like a giant decision to be making on your own, as it will have possible effects in the future, you can receive advice from any local DIY store.

Look forward to sitting on your personal decking area and jazz it up with some funky outdoor furniture pieces. It will begin to completely feel like another room in the house over the summer!

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