Patios & Decks
Outdoor decks have always been popular – they are a way to civilize the outdoor experience, letting you enjoy the fresh air. A good deck can create a comfortable outdoor room, and add a feeling of spaciousness to your home. Decking is a great way to ‘level’ a sloping garden and to give yourself some space that can be utilized.
Decking Materials - Pressure Treated Wood
Pressure treated wood is the most common decking material because it is cheapest. Pressure treated wood is especially recommended in applications where the wood needs to come in contact with the ground, like in fences or posts. Other popular woods for decking include redwood (which resists decay naturally), red cedar, and mahogany. Wood decks do take more work to maintain, so plan on a regular system of painting, sealing, and cleaning.
Decking Materials – Timber Decking
Timber Decking, will lead you to further decide upon which type of timber to use for you deck. The basic choice of materials comes down to either softwood decking or hardwood decking. It is not just the appearance that should sway you, but also the varying properties of each type of softwood and hardwood.
Decking Materials – Composite Decking
Composite Decking, often referred to as plastic decking. There should be a distinction between plastic and composite decking materials. Composite decking uses recycled plastic in the manufacturing process, and also recycled wood sawdust.