Decking is a great way to add dimension your garden, and adds an extra feature perfect for your garden and enables you to have a social area where family and friends can sit and enjoy themselves in the summer. There are pros and cons to all decking materials, whether it’s hardwood, softwood or composite. Decking has a lot of planning involved and its important you pick the right material for you considering colour, durability, price etc.
Softwood has a faster growth rate and therefore is produced a lot quicker than Hardwood. Larch, Red Cedar and Spruce tree’s is mainly where softwood is produced from. Softwood is the cheapest form of decking therefore is good value for money, however not necessarily the best quality of decking out there compared to others. Softwood is durable due to tightly packed wood fibres therefore is long lasting, so can be used for years. Softwood is the most popular decking material and therefore is very versatile and there are a variety of designs available, due to the way it’s smoothed and grooved. It is essential softwood is yearly maintained to re-stain and clean extra. If not stained properly the wood can turn to a grey colour and therefore doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing.
Composite is an effective wood substitute, and mixes wood and plastic together- you can also purchase a wood free decking. Due to it being a manufactured there is a 10-year warranty there, and has a long-life span of over 25 years and beyond. Composite decking is child-friendly and due to the way it’s manufactured there is no maintenance such as painting, sanding etc- this however makes composite decking pricier than softwood decking. Depending on the style of your garden there is a range of different styles that your decking can come in, whether you are a younger couple and fancy a contemporary decking or you fancy a rustic decking for your children to play on in the summer.
Hardwood is of a slower growth rate and therefore has a very strong durability, hardwood is grown from tree’s such as hickory, maple and oak. Hardwood is a lot more expensive than softwood- however has a more precise intricacy and is usually designed by highly skilled carpenters. The overall quality is impeccable and gives you the “wow” factor, therefore proves it is good value for money, therefore depends on the purpose of your decking. Hardwood must be yearly oiled, therefore involves some maintenance to keep on top of the top-quality decking.
There are lots of different factors to consider when installing a decking, however decking’s are a perfect feature especially in time for summer. LW Landscapes install incredible decking’s, taking all your considerations into account- we are able to help you pick the perfect material as well as providing the best decking in Wirral!