Timber decking is by far the most popular material used for outdoor decked areas for a wide variety of reasons.
There is a lot more trust in timber decking these days - without the scaremongering of 'no-can-do' journalists trying to find something to write about.
Timber decking is durable, sustainable, pleasing to the eye with it's natural origins, and relatively easy to use for the average DIY deck builder.
There should be no problems of rot or insect infestation when constructing your deck from timber decking boards. However, much will depend upon the preparation of your site, and the care you take at all stages of your timber deck installation. This applies whether you are building your own deck, or if you employ a timber decking specialist to do the work for you.
Timber is the ideal choice to replace an old patio - or to provide an extra space for leisure in the garden.
Timber decking has many uses in the garden. It is versatile, and can be used for level, raised or sunken areas, with balustrades added for safety and visual effect. Together with garden deck use, timber decking is the ideal choice for balconies and raised deck areas.
As with all building materials, there are advantages and disadvantages to using timber decking. We will point the way forward and explain the main aspects. You will read of all the perceived or imagined disadvantages from the manufacturers and salesmen of plastic and composite decking. Bear in mind that these are generally sales pitches, and in many instances have been proven to be wrong.
The choice of timber decking is basically between hardwood and softwood. Again there are differences between the two, and we try to explain these so that you can make an informed choice about your deck area.
Hardwood decking comes from broad leaved trees, whilst softwood comes from coniferous trees. Some hardwoods are 'softer' than softwoods! Balsa wood for instance, is technically a hardwood! Most young boys - in the days prior to plastic kits, will have easily carved their way through a sheet of balsa with little more than a craft knife. Some hardwood!
One aspect to bear in mind is the colour of the timber. Virtually ALL timber used outdoors, will fade to a light grey colour as ultra violet light works to bleach out the initial colouring of the timber. Expensive hardwood, or cheaper softwood timber decking, whatever the starting colour, will end up the same colour. Light grey!
The only way to restore or enhance the colour of your timber decking, is by the use of a good quality decking oil - or if you want a real colour change - decking stain.