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Decking is a great way to bring your landscaping vision to life. Whether you opt for treated timber for its natural beauty and longevity or choose composite decking for convenience and reduced maintenance; decks can be constructed with any number of materials that provide an attractive alternative to stone-based features such as patios. Extend the living area of your home with our selection of top-quality decking materials today. 

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What Is Decking?

Decking offers a platform to relax, sunbathe or barbecue in the comfort of one’s own garden. These platforms usually consist of a wooden substructure with decking boards on top. 

Typically decking boards are made from timber – generally pressure-treated – as well as composite and synthetic materials that guarantee durability while preserving an attractive aesthetic value.

Decking is a great way to reimagine your outdoor space. For those looking for an all-in-one solution to decking, decking kits are easy-to-use products that are ready to be laid directly onto an existing patio or concrete base. These kits offer less time on site, as well as less cutting and preparation work.

Here at Materials Market, however, we take no shortcuts. We believe there is pride and confidence that comes with finishing your own project. We sell a wide range of decking products from timber decking boards down to the required accessories to assist you in creating the perfect deck. 

Where Is Decking Installed? 

Decking isn't just for suburban areas; it has a multitude of applications across various settings:

  • At Home: From a simple platform in your garden to a full-fledged deck around your pool, it’s perfect for personal spaces.
  • In Business: Restaurants, cafes, and hotels use decks to create inviting outdoor seating areas that attract more customers.
  • In the Public Sphere: Public parks, beaches, and even zoos utilise decking to create pathways and viewing platforms.
  • Specialty Uses: Fancy a rooftop garden? Decking can turn your roof or any elevated area into a beautiful terrace or garden space.

The Benefits of Adding Decking to Your Space

Adding a deck is more than just a home improvement—it's an investment in your property and quality of life. Here’s why decking is a must-have:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: It’s hard to beat the natural beauty of a wooden deck or the sleek finish of a composite one.
  • Increased Property Value: Homes with decks often sell for more—decking is a lucrative investment!
  • Enhanced Usability: Make the most of your outdoor space for entertaining, dining, or just relaxing.
  • Durability and Longevity: Choose the right material, and your deck will host parties and peaceful mornings for years to come.
  • Eco-Friendly Choices: With recycled materials your dream deck can also be green.
  • Low Maintenance: Many modern decking materials require little upkeep to look great.

Frequently Asked Decking Questions

Is Decking Cheaper Than Paving? 

Although prices for paving slabs and decking boards vary widely, building a deck is typically more economical than constructing a patio. Keep in mind that the cheapest option isn't necessarily the best value; opting for low-priced options could end up costing you more down the line if they have to be replaced sooner rather than later.

Does Garden Decking Require Planning Permission?

Probably not. Most decking projects are usually classified as "permitted development," which means they don't require special planning permission.

You are allowed to build a raised platform in an outside space without needing planning permission as long as:

  • The decking is no more than 30cm above the ground
  • The decking does not cover more than 50% of the total garden area

How Do I Keep My Deck Looking New?

Regular cleaning and annual treatments for wood, while composite decks might just need a wash-down with soap and water.

Are There Innovative Decking Ideas I Should Consider?

Yes! Integrated lighting, multi-level designs, and built-in seating are just a few ways to make your deck unique.

What’s The First Step in Building a Deck?

Start with a plan! Measure your space, decide on the material, and check local building codes. When in doubt, consulting with a professional can help smooth the process.

What Are Composite Decking Boards?

Composite decking is a sturdier, longer-lasting alternative to wood that also demands less upkeep and looks great in a host of domestic and commercial applications.

Also known as plastic decking, composite decking is a synthetic material composed of wood fibres, HDPE plastics and bonding agents.

What Composite Decking Accessories Should I Use?

For the strongest and most secure composite decking, opt for Hidden Fixing Clips. Their carefully contrived design allows them to fit neatly into grooves located on the surface of each board for maximum security.

Starter Clips, FastClips and colour-matched screws are the perfect answer to composite decking fixing systems - offering a well-thought-out solution for composite board installation.

Furthermore, when you buy fixing clips manufactured from top-quality stainless steel, you can rest assured that they will be as durable as the boards themselves.

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