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There are all sorts of different ways to use decking to transform your garden, no matter the size and shape of your space. Whether you want something simple or fancy getting creative, it’s sure to add a sophisticated touch to your outdoor area. However, decking is just as much a practical choice as it is an aesthetic one, so it’s important to consider that balance by thinking about what you’re going to use it for.

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Uses

  • The typical use is as a patio-alternative, with a flat decked area connected to the back of your house that’s home to garden furniture such as loungers or a table and chairs.
  • It’s ideal for countering sloping and uneven ground. It creates a flat and even surface where there wasn’t one before.
  • Create a walkway to your main deck by using them to create steps or a path.
  • It can also be turned into built-in seating for a seamless look that has a great contemporary feel.

Shape

  • Don’t put yourself in a box- while decking is usually square or rectangular, a curved edge can give you a softer alternative.
  • It can be designed to perfectly fit your space.

Decorative touches

  • Its versatility makes it a great fit for both modern and traditional styles, so you can easily accommodate decking in any outdoor space.
  • Accent the edges of your deck with plant life or build a deck around your favourite water feature for a look that embraces natural elements.

Types of decking

  • Explore all your options when it comes to the type of decking you can buy.
  • Softwood is cost-effective and simple to install but requires the most maintenance to keep it looking good.
  • Hardwood is a more long-term solution that needs less maintenance, but it’s more expensive.
  • Composite is easy to install and low maintenance, with good mould and moisture resistance.