Get On Board With Decking
Decking can provide you with a durable outdoor living or socialising area that will make the transition between your patio, garden or pool a seamless one. Plus it will improve the look and feel of your home through all seasons.
Decking can be custom designed to any shape and size, to perfectly fit your home. A good example is incorporating levels with steps to highlight a specific area. You could easily include additional features into your designs such as benched that will provide additional seating space or flowers boxes that will add that touch of natural colour. Balustrades can be included into your design to create a sense of seclusions and privacy.
There is a wide choice of decking materials available each with their own pros and cons, to suit the look of your home, your lifestyle and pocket too.
If the lowest initial price is the most important factor, then a wooden deck is your best bet. Generally, hardwoods like cedar, teak and rosewood are used in deck construction given their strength and durability. However, with people becoming more eco-conscious, Bamboo is an increasingly used alternative. Wood is warm, aesthetically pleasing and can be stained in a variety of colours and shades. You might need to sand, stain and seal the deck from time to time to keep it in tip-top shape.
Looking for ultra low maintenance? Then choose composite or plastic decking. Composite decking is made from a combination of recycled lumber and plastic products, while plastic decking is partially comprised of recycled milk containers and grocery bags. Thus, these types of decking are a good ‘green’ choice. They may cost more than wood decks initially, but over time their durability and minimal upkeep mean more value for your money. Composite or plastic decks only require occasional cleaning and there’s no need for sanding or staining. These materials come in several styles and colours and can even be made to look like wood.
Another low maintenance option is aluminium. While some might feel it is cold and industrial-looking, others appreciate its modern appearance. It is also long-lasting and can be painted to suit your home’s décor. Some aluminium decking is produced with a special coating to make the surface softer on the feet and cooler in the sun.
A beautiful deck can add value not only to your home but your lifestyle too.