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Garden Decking: What You Need to Know

Rob Byrne - Friday, December 28, 2012

For many homeowners, an outdoor living space is an essential part of their enjoyment of their home rather than something which is just “nice to have.”

One idea is timber decking, which has numerous benefits, being affordable, durable, sustainable and low maintenance. You’ll also find a great range of design options and different materials to choose from.

Decking is a particularly good idea if you have a rough, sloping site. Indeed, it may be your only option!

However, the wrong garden decking or patio space can spell an end to your dream of relaxation, and it can end up being an unused, wasted resource.

Decking: Questions to Ask

So before you order your decking, there are some questions you need to ask:

  • What weight will your decking need to hold?
  • Could your decking become too hot to walk on in summer? What affect will rain run-off have? Will you have shelter from the wind?
  • What wood do you want your decking to be made from? Red cedar, redwood, and tropical hardwoods are among the longest lasting timbers, and although a little maintenance is required, no chemical treatment is necessary.
  • Think about the location of the decking. While having the decking as an extension of your living space so that you just walk out on to it from inside can work well, if another area of your garden gets more sun, a freestanding platform may be your best bet. If you’re extending the decking out from your house, think about co-ordinating floorboard colours.
  • Shape size and colour are all crucial factors in your choice. And if you thought you had to stick to a standard square shape, think again! Mark out the area with pegs and string to get an idea of what the final product will look like.

Different Types of Decking

There are different decking styles on the market. If you choose natural hardwood and softwood, you will need to use a sealant on it every year.

Composite decking, made of recycled plastic and wood waste, on the other hand, requires almost no maintenance.

Finally, be aware of the difference between decking tiles, which are square shaped, and create a pattern by being laid out in different directions, boards are long planks which all lie in the same direction.

Decking from Natural Stone and Timber

At Natural Stone and Timber, we’re a major importer of products made from these natural materials, and provide both the public and trade with outstanding quality and value, thanks to our close relationship with our suppliers worldwide. As direct importers, we cut out the middle man.

Check out our range of hardwood and softwood decking, as well as our extensive range of products for inside the home, including oak flooring and marble, slate and travertine tiles.

We deliver promptly, but not before we’ve triple checked every order before it leaves us. Learn more about our high quality, sensibly priced products from our website, or why not visit our showroom and warehouse in Portsmouth and see our range for yourself?