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A traditional timber deck will easily stand the test of time with the correct decking boards and maintenance. When it comes to decking wood, timber decking boards are a prime choice due to the fact that they are durable, robust, and tactile. Not only can they withstand a lot of foot traffic but they also achieve a timeless aesthetic that will never go out of style; their inherent warmth can easily complement any outdoor space.

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The Types of Timber 

Timbers are large squared lengths of wood primarily purposed for construction work. There are all sorts of construction timbers out there on the market, each with its own unique set of properties.


Timber can be constructed from a great number of wood species from Western Red Cedar to Siberian Larch.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the most popular timber categories:

  • 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.

Softwood Reversible Decking Boards

Here at Materials Market, we stock a wide range of Reversible Softwood Decking boards to suit any decking project. Milled to a classic deck board profile, these decking boards are pressure-treated for ultimate durability.

The 2-in-1 reversible nature of these boards endows these boards with many benefits, namely their scope and design flexibility. The dual profile allows a wide range of finishes to help you achieve your desired aesthetic.

Garden sleepers are primarily used for perimeter or boundary details, however, they wouldn’t usually be used for a subframe - they are too bulky, heavy and expensive. Typically standard treated timber sections are used such as 4 x 2 or 6 x 2 - the size depends on the span.

There is a vast range of timber sleepers available on the market: from hardwood railway sleepers and softwood railway sleepers to reclaimed railway sleepers for those who prefer a rustic, vintage look. Sleepers can also be incorporated as a complimentary landscaping detail to a decked area. 

Frequently Asked Timber Decking Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Timber Decking

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 your garden 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'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.

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. 

What Are Composite Decking Boards?

Composite decking is a sturdier, longer-lasting alternative to wood that also demands less upkeep and looks great in any yard.

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

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