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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 is somewhat of an umbrella term in the construction industry; it can be applied to a host of applications.

In essence, 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 too.

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. 

The Many Benefits Of Installing Decking

  • Creates an entertaining space - Tight for space inside? Let your guests spill out into the decking area!
  • Increases the property value of your home - For homebuyers, a family-friendly outdoor area is often the deciding factor. A decked space can be huge in helping them to envision themselves living there and using it. With prospective buyers narrowing down their choices, having a well-designed decking area can make all the difference when getting into the finer details of their decision.
  • Customisation options - Let your deck become an extension of yourself. Include unique customisation options that make it truly one-of-a-kind! For example, install a built-in firepit and host memorable s'mores nights with friends or family - the memories will last a lifetime! Alternatively, if you are passionate about cooking up delicious meals for loved ones, why not transform your deck into an outdoor kitchen? You'll be able to easily whip up amazing dishes on the grill in no time and keep drinks chilled in the fridge nearby. 
  • More time outdoors - Don't consider yourself a nature enthusiast? No problem! A deck can inspire even the most home-bound person to enjoy more of the great outdoors. Picture it: You, lounging in your backyard with a cool drink in hand, completely engrossed in that novel you've been itching to read for weeks now. Decks offer an inviting atmosphere where anyone can connect with nature and escape day-to-day stressors—in fact, studies have proven outdoor time is linked to lower levels of anxiety.

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.

Where Should I Apply Decking?

Decking is a great way to turn quiet corners of your garden into their very own private oasis. Decking is especially well-suited for sloped sites - helping to create a sturdy level surface upon which you extend your living space. Be it potted plants or furniture, decking can hold it.

Plus, decking is perfect for pool or spa side areas - and can even include slip resistance measures if needed.

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

What Are The Different Types of Timber? 

  • Softwoods: These are typically lighter and less expensive than hardwoods, making them a popular choice for general construction purposes. However, they're not as durable as hardwoods, so they're not ideal for applications where long-term wear and tear is a concern. Softwood is wood from gymnosperm trees such as conifers.
  • Hardwoods: Hardwoods are more durable than softwoods and are often used for flooring, decking, and other high-traffic structure areas. Hardwood decking can be more expensive than softwood decking, but their longer lifespan often makes them a more cost-effective option in the long run.
  • Engineered Woods: Engineered woods are created by combining different types of wood fibers to create a product that is stronger and more stable than solid wood. This makes them ideal for use in areas where moisture or temperature fluctuations could cause problems for solid wood products.

Browse our selection of timber products available for nationwide delivery service. We sell a wide range of decking products from timber decking boards down to the required accessories. 

What's The Difference Between Treated Timber And Non-Treated Timber?

Simply put, untreated timber is as it sounds; it is not treated with preservatives or chemicals. This makes it a more "natural" solution. Treated timber, on the other hand, is treated with chemicals and preservatives to make it last longer and protect it from rot, wear, and pests.

When choosing decking joists, for example, it's important to consider that these will be in contact with the ground and therefore need proper protection from rot and insect attack. 

Our treated timber is pressure treated using Tanalith E, producing tanalised timber. Dried Timber has been dried to specifically reduce moisture content.

Here at Materials Market, all our timber is treated with preservatives, kiln dried, and then planed all round to give it eased edges that make it easier to handle. Ensuring a high quality product that stands the test of time.

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, Hidden Fixing Clips are your best
option. 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 boards'

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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