Nothing beats the feeling of walking through your backdoor and onto a deck. Not only does it create a grand entrance to your backyard, but it also provides a warm and inviting area for you to relax and entertain in. Plus, there are many benefits to decking, including its natural beauty, durability, and versatility that can be enjoyed for years to come. We’ve put together eight reasons why decking would be the ultimate addition to your backyard.
1. Create an additional living space
If you’re looking for a way to add some extra living space to your home, timber decking is a great option. Timber decking can be used to create a zone for entertaining, or simply somewhere to relax and enjoy the outdoors, as it provides an aesthetically pleasing flooring solution for your dining suite or lounge furniture.
Timber decking is also the perfect base when designing an outdoor living area in your backyard. Warmer underfoot during the cooler months and absorbing less heat during summer thanks to its smooth texture, decking is becoming the preferred alternative to concrete or pavers.
2. Elevate your entertaining space
Homeowners often feel they have limited options when designing an outdoor area if they have an uneven block. As timber decking doesn’t require a flat foundation, it’s the perfect solution for making the most out of a normally ‘unusable’ space. By raising the height of your decking to meet your house foundations, you can create a seamless transition to your outdoor living area.
To guarantee the strength of your deck, especially on sloped blocks, make sure you receive fully engineered plans, and all construction is undertaken by professional tradespeople. This will ensure your timber decking is safe to enjoy for years to come.
3. Easy to maintain
Timber decking is relatively easy to maintain compared to other outdoor flooring materials. Unlike alternative options, such as concrete or stone, timber decking doesn’t require regular sealing or painting. This means that you can enjoy your decked area for many years without having to worry about it becoming damaged or requiring a lot of maintenance.
To keep your timber deck looking as good as the day it was installed, it is important to give it a regularly sweep to remove excess dirt, dust, and other debris from the surface. This general upkeep will help preserve the timber appearance and keep moulding, rotting and discolouration at bay.
To ensure longevity, it’s recommended to give your deck a thorough clean and re-oil at least once a year. Learn about more tips and tricks on decking maintenance.
4. Durable and built to last
Timber decking is a very strong and durable material, making it ideal for areas that experience high traffic or heavy use. Plus, with proper care and maintenance, your deck will last for many years. This makes it a great choice for those who are looking for a long-lasting flooring solution for their backyard or outdoor living area.
Another durable alternative to consider is composite decking. Generally made from a mixture of plastic and wood fibres, composite decking offers great durability, strength, and requires even less maintenance than its timber alternative to keep it in good condition. Composite is also resistant to fading, making it a perfect choice for high traffic areas, or if you live in an area that’s constantly exposed to hot sun.
If well maintained and kept in good condition, both timber and composite will enjoy a long lifespan.
5. Give your backyard a natural look
Timber decking can give your outdoor area a natural and earthy look that will complement your home and garden. This is because timber decking is made from real wood, giving your backyard added texture, helping to break up what might be an endless sea of concrete or lawn. Timber decking also comes in a variety of different styles and designs, so you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. The beauty of wood is that it can be stained or painted to match your existing décor.
Composite decking can also help to achieve this effect in your outdoor space, offering similar tones and texture to timber decking. Composite decking gives you the added advantage of being available in a range of much lighter and darker colours than timber.
So, if you’re looking for a way to add some character and style to your property, then installing a deck is a great option.
6. Increase the value of your home
One of the great things about timber decking is that it adds value to your home. A well-maintained timber deck can be a selling point for potential buyers and can help increase the value of your home.
Enjoying time in the great outdoors is a huge part of Australian life and is something potential buyers are willing to pay for. Having extra living space leading directly off the indoor entertaining area is hugely appealing to prospective buyers. So, if you’re thinking about selling your home in the future, having a deck can increase the resale value of your property. Even if you’re not planning on selling, it’s still a good investment as it will make your home more enjoyable and liveable.
7. Environmentally friendly
Timber decking is an eco-friendly option, as it is made from a renewable resource and won’t be harmful to the environment. Australian Outdoor Living ensures timbers used in decking solutions are sourced from managed forests or plantations. This means that you can feel good about using timber decking in your home, knowing that you are helping to preserve our planet.
Composite decking is manufactured from 80-90% recycled plastic and wood. For example, every lineal metre board of composite decking contains approximately 37 plastic milk bottles and almost 3kgs of reclaimed pine waste. This combination of materials makes composite decking both durable and environmentally friendly.
8. Naturally versatile
Decking has the potential to completely transform an outdoor area. Most commonly installed underneath a patio or pergola, decking is also a fantastic feature when incorporated around a swimming pool. Most popular in ‘Hamptons’ or ‘contemporary’ style pool designs, timber brings warmth and an organic texture to what can sometimes seem like a concrete jungle.
If you are considering installing decking around your pool, we recommend choosing composite decking. As the area is prone to becoming damp, natural wood could potentially rot over time unlike its composite counterpart.
Overall, there are many reasons to install decking in your home. Whether you’re looking to add value, improve the look of your property, or simply create a more enjoyable and liveable space, decking is a great option. If you take care of it, it will last for many years and provide you with a beautiful outdoor living area that you can enjoy for years to come.
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