Garden Decking is an excellent feature to have in your garden, which can be highly functional, as well as adding great looks to the overall appearance. What is vitally important from the very outset when building one, is to very carefully select exactly the right sort of wood. Naturally, you want it to look good for a long time, so the material chosen, must not only be durable and resistant, it must also be able to cope with the weather conditions in your area. The more extremes of weather you may experience, the more thoughtful and considered your selection should be. Once you get it right though, you have a great space for barbecues, parties, outdoor dining, or just somewhere pleasant to sit outside. Being built outside, it can completely hide any irregularities in level your garden may have.
Garden Decking Materials
As with many things today, we do not have to rely purely on natural options. Wood makes for awesome looking decking, though some composite materials, which generally have a longer life expectancy, though not being affected by weather, insects or rot, can also provide great aesthetics. There are probably four main categories of decking materials. Firmly at the top in terms of popularity is Pressure Treated Lumber, which has by far the largest share of the market. It is easy to understand why, as it is very affordable, readily available, and simple to cut and fix in place. While it is chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and insects, it will still require routine maintenance, to prolong its looks and its life. The purist will try to tell you it can only be Redwood or Cedar, both prized for their natural colour and beauty, which also contain natural oils and tannins, making them naturally resistant to insects and decay. Composite and plastic materials occupy a fast growing sector in decking. One great composite formed of recycled materials is now available, which looks and feels like timber, without requiring any maintenance. You can find Modwood in Brisbane and nationwide. Tropical hardwoods rounds out the top four. An exotic, rich grained, very hard wood, they are very dense and extremely difficult to cut and drill, so generally come with a hidden fastening system, which clips or screws into the edge of the boards. Hardwoods are also generally quite expensive.
Because there are so many different options available to you for your decking, it is advisable to firstly think about the parameters of where you want to have it physically located, and what you want it to be able to accommodate. Then armed with the knowledge of your available budget, the smart move is to invite some of your local decking specialists around for an assessment. They will normally offer you a completely free of charge, no obligation consultation, and can lay out for you the various designs, and help you decide which materials and looks will work best. From there, a visit to their offices to see first-hand, exactly what the suggested materials look like in the flesh. Satisfied with the selection of the right materials and the right installer, you just need to put a few beers in the fridge, for when it is finished.