A popular addition in many gardens, decking is a great way to extend living space to the outside of your home. Often used to create a seating area or room for dining, there are a variety of options available when it comes to selecting your decking boards. The first choice you need to make is whether you’re going to use timber or composite deck boards. There are a number of pros and cons to both and our article aims to educate and inform to help you make a decision based on what’s best for you.
The cost of composite decking is usually higher when compared directly to the cost of wood decking, making timber the more wallet friendly choice. It is important that you bear in mind the additional items that will need to be purchased with either option when looking at expense. Timber decking will need treating with an oil, stain or varnish at least once annually, possibly more depending on the finish you’re going with. This is on top of nails, screws and joists to support your deck. If you decide to go with the composite option, as the boards are hollow you will need to get the end caps to go with them, not forgetting that this type of decking will often have a specialist fitting system to prevent the use of nails or screws.
All timber deck boards will be dried and treated to ensure they are resistant to wood destroying fungi to ensure as long a life as possible. Most of our timber decking is guaranteed for 15 years, which means you can expect them to last at least this long. Composite decking generally has a longer life expectancy of 20 - 30 years, dependant on area and climate, so could be worth making the larger investment on as they will need replacing less frequently.
Many people like the look of wood, especially outdoors where it can blend in seamlessly with nature. There are a number of options available in terms of timber types used, all creating a different look and feel for a deck. The main benefit of composite decking in terms of aesthetics is that it will not contain any knots or splits. Our composite decking comes in three different neutral colour options with matching accessories and fittings which makes it easy to pick a tone that suits your home and garden. Both types will fade slightly over time but this can be expected of all materials that are left exposed to the elements for long periods of time and will be minimal.
As long as it’s responsibly sourced, (as all of our timber is, which you can read about here) wooden decking is an environmentally friendly option as it is a renewable resource. Composite decking is comprised from a combination of wood fibres and plastics, and it is important to note that the type we stock is manufactured from 100% recycled wood fibres and that 60% of the materials used to make the boards are recycled.
A composite deck is the clear winner in this section, requiring virtually no maintenance bar a decent wash once a year. Timber decking will need treatment with a stain, varnish or oil, usually at least annually, if not more. This means that in terms of both time and cost, a wooden deck is the most consuming of the two options.
These are just some of the main things people look at when considering which decking to choose. There are pros and cons for each type of decking, but largely, it will come down to personal preference.
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