What is decking?

Decking refers to a flat surface or platform that is typically constructed outdoors and attached to a building, often elevated from the ground. Decking can be made from a variety of materials including softwood timberhardwood and composite, and is used to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living space.

Decking can be used for a variety of purposes, including outdoor dining, entertaining, sunbathing, or simply relaxing. A well-designed and constructed deck can also increase the value of a home and provide additional usable space for homeowners.

What decking should I choose?


The most popular material for decking is timber, which is a natural and traditional choice. The most common type of wood used for decking is pressure-treated redwood which makes up a large majority of the eDecks product range.

While softwood decking is not as dense or durable as hardwood, it can still offer a number of benefits that make it a popular choice.

  1. Cost-effective: Softwood decking is generally less expensive than hardwood decking, making it a great option for those on a budget.

  2. Easy to work with: Softwood decking is lighter and easier to work with than hardwood decking, which can make installation and maintenance simpler.

  3. Natural beauty: Softwood decking can have a natural, rustic appearance that many homeowners find appealing.

  4. Sustainability: Many softwood species are grown and harvested sustainably, making them an environmentally-friendly option.


Hardwood decking is often chosen for its natural beauty, strength, and resistance to weather, insects, and decay.

These woods are typically sourced from tropical regions and are known for their rich, warm colours, natural grain patterns, and high levels of durability.

Hardwood decking is often more expensive than other types of decking materials like softwoods or composites, but it can also offer superior performance and a longer lifespan. With proper care and maintenance, hardwood decking can last for decades and provide a beautiful, natural surface for outdoor living and entertaining.


Composite decking is another popular option, which is made from a mixture of wood fibres and plastic. It's highly durable and low-maintenance and comes in a variety of colours and textures that mimic the look of natural wood. Composite decking is resistant to rot, insects, and fading, making it a good choice for outdoor spaces that receive a lot of sun and moisture.

Decking Maintenance

Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the longevity of any deck, including oiling or staining the wood or other materials used, cleaning the surface, and checking for any signs of damage or wear. Proper maintenance can help prevent rot, decay, or other issues that can compromise the safety and integrity of the deck.

The eDecks Difference

Decking has never been so easy to order online since eDecks arrived, just select the style, and the length you require and eDecks will take charge of the rest, online orders are shipped within 1-2 days, with the added bonus of most orders over £150 are free delivery.

Overall, decking can be a great addition to a home, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space for a variety of activities.<