Does the decking on your patio or outdoor dining area look past its best? If so, it might be time to consider replacing it.
More homeowners are choosing to upgrade their decking, when the time comes, with hard-wearing, low-maintenance composite materials. These are not only more durable but retain the natural appeal of timber. That allows you to create a stunning multi-purpose outdoor space that can be used for entertaining, relaxing on a summer’s day or simple enjoying the views on to the garden all year round.
And, if you’re looking at treating yourself to a new hot tub, where there’s bound to be plenty of water splashing around, modern composite decking materials are much more durable. That’s because any kind of timber that is exposed to constant wetting and drying action soon ends up becoming discoloured and requiring maintenance.
Fortunately, and even in these demanding situations, modern composite decking materials are practically maintenance free and don't require re-painting or staining on a regular basis. What’s even better is that it means you avoid all the problems of rotting timber decking, especially in areas where there is overhanging vegetation or other moist, shaded areas.
Another advantage of composite decking is that it has a grooved surface and that gives it slip resistance, even in these wet, shady areas. Slips, trips and falls can occur for a variety of reasons ranging from the wearing of unsuitable footwear, the location and aspect of the decking, to specific weather conditions.
One thing that all these have in common is that the greatest proportion of accidents occur as a result of wet conditions or deposits of slippery substances on the decking surface. In terms of decking, rain and closeness to water sources is the main cause of wet conditions which, on some decking especially smooth boards, can result in a tendency for flat soled shoes to aquaplane. Definitely worth considering if you’re looking at investing in a hot tub, or where you decking is near vegetation.
Modern composite decking materials are really easy to install, with many, such as Twinson from Deeplas, designed specifically for DIY’ers. With a concealed clip system it avoids all the issues of nailing and screwing, which means no unsightly fixing holes in your newly completed decking area!