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Which decking material is best?

Decks have become an integral part of the modern home and are a perfect finish to a beautiful garden. Awesome weather, a barbeque, a few friends and family around having a great time in the sun on a lovely summer’s day. Glorious. There are many decking options available on the market today. But, where do you even start with so many decking options to go through? Hopefully, we’ll be able to make the choice a little easier for you.

What is softwood decking?

Softwood, such as Redwood or Cedar, has been a popular choice amongst homeowners historically. It’s known for its colour and natural beauty because they generally aren’t full of preservatives of chemicals.

The smell and dark-coloured wood, along with pressure treatment that’s often used, makes them less likely to rot or insect infestation. As with all wood, regular cleaning and treatment, such as applying deck oil or stain, is required to keep its look. Softwood decking needs to be thoroughly cleaned and treated at least twice a year too. It is also prone to splintering or cracking throughout its lifetime so regular maintenance is necessary.

What is hardwood decking?

Hardwood, as the name suggests, is more dense than it’s softer counterpart. Woods, such as Balau or Larch, are known to be more durable than softwood and don’t need to be treated as often. However, hardwood decking is not completely immune from treatment. It’s recommended that these decks are treated annually to slow down the effects of weathering.

Natural properties in the wood mean that it has a resistance to fungal decay and attacks by insects. Despite its improved durability, it is still prone to splintering over time.

A photo of some decking

What is composite decking?

Throughout the world, composite decking has become an increasingly more popular option amongst homeowners. Composite decking is made from wood fibres and plastic. The major benefits to this material are that it’s more durable board than timber and requires minimal upkeep.

Composites are water and slip-resistant, making it a firm choice for families with active children! Composite decking is also resistant to the sun’s rays, meaning the boards won’t fade like some other decking options. We offer many different colours to suit any home and the installation is faster than traditional timber due to its simple fixing system.

Eco-friendly composite decking

Kents Direct offers a wide range of composite decking, such as CWC Composite Decking, Fitrite Evolution Decking and Trex Composite Decking. We offer decking made from recycled wood which is designed to look like real wood. It’s also completely recyclable, making it a more environmentally friendly choice.

Our competitive prices make sure you stay within your budget. Composite decking bought through Kents Direct also comes with a guarantee of up to 25 years, giving you peace of mind for the future. If you require high-quality composite decking for your next job, get in touch with Kents Building Plastics today. We’re available to call on 0800 316 1217 or you can contact us online.