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The Best Decking Materials of 2019

Have you decided to build a new deck this summer? Well, before you crack out your toolbox, read on to find out more about all the best material options for your deck in 2019 and the pros and cons of each.

Plus – look out for the incredible savings you could make on decking materials at eDecks!

Decking Materials: Get to know your material options

So what are your options for decking materials? In 2019, there isn’t just plain wood – you can choose from softwood, hardwood, composite and antislip decking materials. Below is a brief outline on each decking material, and what they are most suited for.

Softwood Decking

Softwood is the cheapest decking material you’ll find; it has a beautiful natural aesthetic and is most commonly cut from either redwood or larch. It doesn’t, however, usually last as long as hardwood and requires much more maintenance to help it last as long as possible. Having said that, with proper care and maintenance, your softwood decking could last up to 25 years.

You can find softwood decking here.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood is the most expensive option when it comes to decking, but it’s also usually seen as the most beautiful choice. Hardwood decking is most commonly cut from either Balau or Walnut trees. It’s not just chosen because of its beautiful finish; it lasts far longer than softwood with much less maintenance required – usually up to 50 years.

You can find hardwood decking here.

Composite Decking

Composite is a relatively new decking material that boasts some incredible features. It’s a combination of real wood fibres and plastic that allow your deck to have a natural wood finish, while also having some incredibly long lasting and waterproofing features that you wouldn’t get with completely natural wood. It’s also the lowest maintenance option – whereas all woods will require at very minimum annual cleaning and finishing, composite doesn’t need any refinishing to help it last. It should also last up to 50 years.

Composite decking can even come along with some cool features, like built-in lighting with solar panel charging.

You can find composite decking here.

Antislip

While probably not the most attractive option, antislip decking is a great choice if you either want to use your deck in wet weather, if you have a hot tub or if you want to minimise your chance of slips and falls. It’s definitely one of the safest decking options and with the many available finishes, it’s a very popular option.

You can find antislip decking here.

Decking Materials: Product Options

Finding the right decking doesn’t end at picking a material – the materials come in a variety of product types. Again, each decking product has pros and cons to consider. Here is some information on the three main forms of decking:

Decking Boards

The most common way to buy decking is to simply buy decking boards. It allows for complete versatility; you can have any size or shape of decking you choose. It does require you to plan everything out to work out how much decking you’ll need, but eDecks can help you with boards that are cut to your specified size in many decking material types.

You can find all types of decking boards here.

Decking Kits

If you are hoping for a square or rectangular deck, it might be even simpler to order a cut to size decking kit. It will not only come with the exact boards you need but also pre-cut joists and a fixing kit to make your life as easy as possible. You can even buy decking kits that come with fencing and pergolas!

You can find decking kits here.

Decking Tiles

Decking tiles are likely the simplest to install; some even featuring interlocking systems. You can also buy some decking tiles with built-in features, like LED lights. You can also install decking tiles over an original deck to refinish it, as long as it is structurally sound. You can also create a ‘checkerboard’ pattern, which is an attractive look on some decks.

You can find decking tiles here.

Want to know more about decking materials?

Not only do eDecks often run incredible offers on decking materials, but we also offer plenty of support and expert advice for anyone who’s looking to build their own deck at any level. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice on your deck today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour delivery on many products

ONLY FSC certified sustainable wood products

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on all of our decking materials (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

Happy Halloween

Its Halloween weekend, we hope all our customers have a great and safe Halloween.

Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep your decking spookily awesome  oh and have you seen our autumn maintenance guide?

Firstly, do not put your pumpkins on your decking surface. Pumpkins will rot and sometimes faster than you think causing damage to that area of your decking. The moisture and rotting flesh (nice) will not make your decking happy one bit.

So maybe pop a plate under it or if your wanting to keep the aesthetics of your decking we sell samples of decking which would make the perfect platform for now and future use.

On the subject of pumpkins the other reason to put them on a surface that is not your decking and is not flammable – candles! Yes, we all love the lit up look of our spooky creations but even tea lights get very hot reaching 100 degrees on the metal bottom and can scorch your decking or worse if it catches.

Finally keep all kids, cats, dogs and ghostly friends away candles. This is standard we only want you to be safe, If you are worried invest in some battery operated ones.

Lastly have some sweets, eat some pumpkin pie and enjoy your Halloween festivities.

Happy Halloween from us all at eDecks.

 

Note: Please dispose of your pumpkin in your recycle bin or alternatively It makes great compost.

 

Autumn Maintenance Guide

Well it is that time of year again not quite Christmas but definitely a chill in the air and we already have rock salt stocked and ready to go. The leaves are starting to fall and well, land on your lovely decking that you have enjoyed so much this year.

We have had a lovely summer this year; you will have enjoyed plenty of pool days, BBQ’s and lounging around. We can imagine you are not ready to retire your decking just yet.

Autumn Leaves

Here is an autumn maintenance guide to keep your decking top notch ready for winter and next year’s scorcher (fingers crossed).

Let’s start with the leaves we mentioned yes the reds, oranges and yellow colours do make this season magic (it’s a firm favourite with some)  but do not leave the leafs, they will cause havoc with your decking. They retain moisture once wet, moisture plus cold will lead to ice and Icey leaves can be a major hazard. You can try adding these Anti slip-decking strips for added safety.

Cleaning the leaves up early will also, help in the long run as once they start to break down you will have an extra layer of dirt to contend with. So get the blower or brush out and get them shifted.

Next, you will want to prune any overhanging bushes, trees and shrubs, this not only will help with the life of your decking it will also keep it safe and tidy for you to enjoy for a few more months. In addition, if you are a keen gardener this helps keeps your plants healthy (a tip from our green team in the office)
Once you have cleaned off the leaves and removed any furniture take a good look at the decking, is there any mildew forming, dirt or grime. Get the hose on it and clean it like you mean it. Once it’s done it’s done, maybe even something extra to not only clean but also revive from Ronseal. This item opens the pores of the wood allowing maximum adhesion of coatings for a lasting finish.

 

Now sit back enjoy your hard work and have a safe autumn admiring your hard work.

Anti-Slip Decking v Standard Decking

Decking is an attractive and useful upgrade to any garden, as well as helping you to avoid the upkeep of mowing the lawn. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose the kind of decking which is best for yourself and your garden, so eDecks are here to help you decide between anti-slip decking and standard decking. The main types of decking materials that you will find will be softwood, hardwood, composite and anti-slip.

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Softwood decking comes from fast growing trees such as pine, which is quickly replaceable. This then makes this decking material the cheapest option, but it is weaker than a hardwood or composite decking.

Things to know about Softwood Decking;

  • The cheapest decking material
  • Easy to install
  • Requires the most maintenance (cleaning and treating with oils is recommended for longevity)
  • Lasts up to 25 years when well maintained
  • Colour and finish is easily changed

Hardwood decking comes from slower growing trees such as oak, which can be far rarer and therefore are often the most expensive decking option. Hardwoods can pay off though – not only are they more aesthetically pleasing but they usually last longer than softwood and require much less maintenance.

Things to know about Hardwood Decking;

  • The most expensive material
  • Harder to work with (but eDecks provides plenty of guidance and support)
  • Requires much less maintenance than softwood
  • Can last for over 50 years
  • Can look the most impressive

If you live in a particularly wet part of the UK, or you’re planning on adding a high-risk slip area to your deck, such as a hot tub, you may want to consider how you will make your deck safer to use. Anti-slip decking is a perfect solution for this, or whether you have young children, or are simply unsteady on your feet.

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If you know your deck is likely to face a great deal of water and heavy foot traffic, getting full anti-slip boards may be your safest option. Full anti-slip boards feature large inserts that cover the majority of the board with a rubbery material that is not only waterproof but more importantly – slip resistant. This means that you will still be able to walk across your decking safely, even when covered in large puddles of water.

These are the best decking boards you can get to avoid accidents and will have the best grip, so if you are looking for a very safe deck or if you are decking an area near a pool or hot tub, we would highly recommend using these boards. Anti-slip strips aren’t always to everyone’s taste aesthetically, but you can get them in a variety of different colours to suit your deck – there are even grass look decking boards if that is something you feel would fit your garden.

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If your decking isn’t used as a splash deck, but will still be exposed to water, you could invest in some anti-slip decking with built-in anti-slip strips. These decking boards look very chic and the anti-slip strips are probably the least noticeable of any option – so if you’re wanting a good looking wooden deck, but with the extra safety of anti-slip features, these are the boards for you.

anti slip strips

Made with thin anti-slip strips of material made of resin and aggregate, each line of anti-slip material can easily be mistaken for a shadowed groove instead of a safety feature. Because of the incredibly professional finish, these can be a popular but more expensive option, however, we would always recommend speaking to one of our friendly yet professional sales team before being put off by price as we always offer incredible decking on many types of decking. You can even buy samples of all decking options to ensure you pick the best product for you and your deck.

To conclude, anti-slip boards will last the same amount of time and need the same treatment as standard softwood decking boards and this goes for the hardwood option too. Hardwood decking and anti-slip hardwood decking will last the same amount of time as each other and will also require the same treatments. The only difference between Softwood, Hardwood and Anti-Slip Decking boards is the fact that they have the grit inserts running through the boards and will be a lot more comfortable under foot than your normal decking.

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eDecks offers some of the best deals on Anti-Slip and Standard Decking around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

Weed Membrane: Woven v Non-Woven

Creating your perfect garden landscape can be hard work, but there are products out there that work all by themselves to make your life so much easier! Weed membrane fabrics are making a huge difference to modern gardens by stabilising the ground, improving drainage and filtration, separating aggregates and spreading imposed loads. Ensuring you choose the right weed membrane fabric for your project means understanding the differences between them – a key one being whether they are woven or non-woven.

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Woven Weed Membrane fabric is made by weaving polypropylene tapes together. Using this crisscross pattern makes the fabric super-strong but limits its drainage capabilities compared with the non-woven variety. The strength and hard-wearing qualities of woven weed membrane give it a high tensile strength, making it suitable for use under patios, paths, parking areas and for other applications where a high strength but economical membrane is essential.

Although Non-Woven Weed Membrane has a lower tensile strength than the woven type, it still offers great strength, durability and excellent drainage properties. Non-woven weed membrane is a felt-like fabric made by thermally bonding polypropylene or a mixture of polypropylene and polyester fibres and then finishing using needle punching, calendaring and other methods. This type of fabric is easier to cut, has a high water permeability rate and does not lose strength over time, in the same way as the woven fabric does, when used below ground. This makes it ideal for use beneath driveways and roads and in land and storm water drainage systems, where long-term ground stabilisation and filtration is required.

Woven or non-woven weed membrane can be a gardener’s best friend and whether you are looking for ground stabilisation, separation of sub-base layers, aggregates and other materials, or drainage and filtration, there is now a fabric that is right for the job.

Weed Membrane

eDecks offers three different types of Woven Weed Membrane, including a Standard strength, Heavy Duty and Super Heavy Duty. Whether it is under your deck, paving, driveway or planting area, weed membrane will prevent nasty weeds coming through. As well as reducing garden maintenance, weed membrane allows water and nutrients to penetrate the soil.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Weed Membrane around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.