One thing is for sure this summer – you can’t predict the British weather. But you can make sure your garden is weatherproof – the right structures, materials and planting will go a long way to ensure that your precious outside space can withstand the worst of summer’s heat and rain. What’s more, good quality decking can transform even the humblest plot into splendid outside living space – mud-free, and low maintenance. In this article, we look at some of the benefits to having a deck built.

Structure

Space is often limited in urban gardens, so making the most out of every niche and corner is vital. Outside space needs to look good and function as living, entertaining and play space, all for as little maintenance as possible. Luckily, decking ticks all the boxes. To make the most of your garden or yard, combine practical decking with furniture tailor-made for the space. Garden and deck design can also be tied in with any interior features or renovation, creating a seamless finish from indoors to out. Think about adding some extra levels and features in the structure, to add a sense of space and perspective.

Finish

Pine is the budget option for decking, and – so long as it is FSC certified (to ensure it comes from a sustainable source) and appropriately treated, a pine deck should give you years of faithful service. If your budget can stretch a little further though, you might want to consider other woods – balau, garappa, iroko or oak (all durable hardwoods) give a beautiful and long lasting finish or sweetly scented cedar. Whichever wood you choose, clean and treat it regularly (and avoid the pressure washer, which may promote rot) to keep it beautiful and strong.

Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, mixing different woods and other finishes such as slate or brick will help to create an outside space you’ll want to use all year round. No muddy boots, no mess, and no mowing – all the more reason to make the most of the sunshine outside.  For the best result, call Driveway and Decking Co for a free site survey and quotation.