Decking Installations

Pros and Cons of Softwood, Composite and Hardwood Decking

Are you considering the type of deck you should install? We take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of different decking types.
What type of decking should I choose?

Decking is an excellent way to add both appeal and value to your home or premises. Patio or low level decking can be the perfect solution to hide an unattractive space or simply raise an area to be level with a conservatory. Decking is versatile and can be designed for dining areas, play areas or somewhere to have a peaceful rest. If you have an area in your garden that is not level, has an ugly concrete base or is difficult to access with a digger then decking could turn out more cost effective to install than paving.

So, you have decided that you would like to have a deck installed in your garden - now what?

For the purposes of this guide we are going to look at the pros and cons of four types of deck that you may come across.

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Softwood Decking

When most people think of decking this is the type that they most commonly have experience with. Softwood decking is the most affordable decking solution due to softwood timber coming from mainly coniferous or evergreen trees that are fast growing. The boards are often grooved, although you can get them smooth too. Softwood timber is easier than hardwood to work with and widely available at many landscaping suppliers. Although pressure treated, the boards will need to be treated each year. The wood starts off as a warm yellow tone and then silvers down over time. Softwood decking is a good, cost effective solution for play areas and family decks.

If properly looked after, a softwood deck could last beyond 15 years but if not treated each year then could only be good for 5-10 years. Only consider softwood decking if your deck is not going to be in a shady or wet area and you can commit to the annual maintenance.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood decking is made from slow growing deciduous trees which makes it a more expensive option to hardwood as the trees take a long time to grow and therefore the process takes longer. Hardwood decking comes in a range of colours and finishes which will suit both traditional and contempory settings. Hardwood timber is easier to clean than softwood decking and has incredible strength. Compared to softwood, hardwood timber is more durable and high quality. It has a natural resistance to rot and decay. They are generally more expensive than softwood but you get what you pay for and in the long run it will be more cost effective than a softwood deck. Hardwood decking is more fire resistant. It does still require yearly maintenance.

Saige Composite Decking

SAiGE recycled plastic composite decking has many advantages over traditional wood decking. It is splinter free and mould resistant. The board come in coffee, charcoal, grey and a rustic profile. The rustic boards help you to achieve the weathered look but will outlive traditional timber decking. The mid groove boards have the benefit of the water being able to run off down the grooves and give the look of decking that people are used to. The boards can be used as a garddn deck, around a hot tub or even used for raised beds and benches. The boards are made from a combination of wood fibres and recycled plastics. There is also a composite fencing range that compliments the decking,

Millboard Enhanced Grain

Millboard is a hand moulded contemporary outdoor flooring. The boards have been made with the beauty and warmth of wood in mind. Millboard decking is made from resin and minera stone but is very realistic to the real thing! Millboard is slip resistant, does not rot or warp and is resistant to algae. The boards are fixed with fittings that have a lost head where the Millboard itself closes over the screw. Whereas most composite decking boards contain wood fibres, Millboard is wood free which means it is not affected by damp situations. It is perfect for a family deck, around a pool or as steps up to a deck platform.