Living in rural areas allows you to enjoy rolling countryside, vast open greenery and plenty of fresh air. With so much natural beauty around you, it’s important your garden reflects your surroundings while still being a practical space that you and your family can enjoy spending time in.
There are hundreds of different garden features for you to choose from, but today we’re taking a closer look at composite decking to determine whether or not it’s a good choice for your slice of the countryside.
When you live in the countryside, your garden is likely to be a popular hangout spot for friends, family and animals alike, so it’s important that you choose features that are durable enough to withstand the heavy footfall.
Lawns might look lovely and green during spring and summer, but during colder seasons it can become trampled, slippery and rather unsightly. Of course, they’ll eventually grow back with the right care and attention, but constant trampling can cause a real problem.
A traditional timber deck is no doubt a safer, more durable option, but even wooden decks aren’t as robust as you may think. Timber boards, if not properly treated, will take on water and will weaken, bow and split over time. You’ll find yourself replacing boards over and over again to keep the decking in safe working order.
Composite decking, on the other hand, is notoriously durable and won’t require continuous maintenance to cope with heavy footfall. Unlike traditional timber decking, composite decking combines wood flour with a polymer resin to create incredibly robust boards. Because of their composition, high-quality composite decking can cope with dramatic weather changes and will provide a solid surface for your friends and family to enjoy all year round.
Most good composite decking suppliers offer a lifetime warranty of up to 30-years on their composite decking products, so you can be confident that your new deck will withstand the challenges of countryside living.
Look and Feel
While durability will play a huge role in the decisions you make about your countryside garden, the look and feel of the garden will play an important role too. After all, you don’t want your garden to stick out like a sore thumb against the breath-taking organic landscape.
In the past, composite decking might have looked a little ‘synthetic’, but manufacturing processes have come a long way since then. Now, composite deck boards can me made to mimic the charming look and feel of real wood, without requiring the tedious upkeep – sounds good right?
Of course, composite decking isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste, but there are plenty of other materials on the market that can provide a natural look and feel, while still being durable and easy to care for.
Porcelain paving, for example, is a great alternative that offers the gorgeous appearance of natural stone like slate, granite and limestone, but is far more durable and long lasting. This too, is a great option for countryside gardens.
So, taking all things into consideration, it appears that composite decking is a very smart choice if you want to renovate your rural garden over the next few months.