Garden decking surged in popularity in the 1990s, thanks to the advent of TV makeover shows like Ground Force. It has continued to be a popular feature in many UK gardens in the last couple of years, as people have spent much more time at home and have been investing heavily in DIY projects.
Lumberjacks supply garden decking to customers in Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Ipswich – where we are based – and across Suffolk. Here we look at some of the key advantages to installing this type of surface in your garden.
It’s Easy to Maintain
Decking, particularly when it’s made from composite materials or quality timber, doesn’t need much in the way of ongoing maintenance. The occasional vacuuming or brushing will keep the wood clean and varnishing wooden decking once a year will preserve its looks over the longer term. Composite decking usually has an anti-slip finish, which needs little or no maintenance.
It’s Eco-Friendly – and Built to Last
Whether you opt for timber or composite decking, you are investing in a sustainable, eco-friendly product. Composite decking, while not as ‘pure’ as their timber counterparts, is a man-made building product made up of a mix of natural wood fibres, recycled polymers and bonding agents.
Composite decking is also resistant to rot, damp and insects, unlike some timbers, and its low water absorption rate means it is ideal for use around swimming pools and other garden water features.
It’s Incredibly Versatile
Decking is one of the most versatile additions to any garden. You can use it as a pathway, which will make the whole outdoor space much more accessible. This particularly applies if your garden has any uneven terrain or slopes.
Decking can also be used as a divider to create distinct themes or zones. For example, a children’s play area can be kept separate from a wildflower garden thanks to this wooden barrier.
And decking can also form the foundation of an outdoor entertainment space. A solid base will make it much easier to eat and drink outdoors, as there’ll be somewhere to put all your tables and chairs (without getting your feet dirty or damaging the lawn). At Lumberjacks, we also supply a range of wooden garden furniture to customers in Stowmarket, Ipswich and across Suffolk – including picnic tables, seating and benches.
And remember, there will be none of the heavy lifting involved in laying down a new patio if you opt for decking rather than paving slabs.
It Adds Value
Decking is a relatively inexpensive addition to your home, working out much cheaper than a paved patio. It also effectively increases your living space but is also much less expensive than other types of home ‘projects’ such as building an extension. Some property analysts believe that installing a deck adds more value to a home than a new living room or bathroom.
So, if and when you do opt to move house, you should find that your decking will be a unique selling point which should add to your selling price – or, as estate agents like to call it, your property’s kerb appeal.
Allur Decking from Lumberjacks
Lumberjacks are now stocking the Allur range of dual faced composite decking, pictured above. This is easy to put together, won’t rot or warp, and is available in a wide choice of colours. We also stock a full range of accessories, including starter and fascia boards, joists, clips and colour-matched screws, so your decking will be simple to put together and look ‘complete’. To see our full Allur range, follow this link.
We also supply high quality reversible softwood decking, which is grooved on one side and planed on the other. Spindles, handrails and deck posts are also available in our online shop.
All our garden furniture can be delivered from our Ipswich HQ; we offer a wide local delivery radius that includes Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Stowmarket, Needham, Capel St. Mary, Debenham, Bildeston and many more towns and villages. For more information follow this link - note that the delivery costs shown are estimates and will be confirmed when your payment is taken.
If you have any queries about which type of decking is best for you, call us on 01473 461394 and we will be happy to advise you.