The summer is well and truly here, if the sound of the nation collectively digging out their desk fans is anything to go by. We are expecting a scorcher of a summer this year, albeit not for the most joyous of reasons; still, it would be a shame not to make the most of the sun! Though your garden might not be altogether guest-ready at the moment… One of the best garden renovations you can do with guests in mind is to add decking – but why is decking such a beneficial option?
An Easy Build
First of all, it is important to acknowledge the ease with which decking can be put together. Where other patio or garden landscaping solutions would absolutely require the services of professionals – and in some cases planning permission – putting up decking is wholly accessible as a DIY task. As such, decking is an elegant, easily-built and remarkably cheap solution all in one.
Provided you have a reliable set of Milwaukee tools and a keen eye for measuring, you’ll need little more than an afternoon or two to knock up your own decking. Indeed, the building of your decking is so simple that the most difficult and time-consuming aspect would be the clearing of necessary ground before you start building proper!
Once your decking is built, it demands relatively little of your attention. It will need occasional re-finishes from time to time, but with the right treated timbers there isn’t much in the way of degradation to worry about. You can even simplify any seasonal cleaning with the liberal application of a power-washer, brining your decking back to new in a matter of minutes.
An Easy Garden
Not only is the decking easy to maintain over time, but your garden will also become much simpler to manage with the addition of decking. Decking reduces the amount of green space you’d have to look after, shortening mowing times and giving you a permanent reprieve from a percentage of the weeding.
With the decking becoming the primary entertainment space outdoors, you can also be sure that guest impacts on your garden will be kept to a minimum. This means less cleaning up after events, and less impact on the flora that you more actively care about.
Last but by no means least, it is impossible to ignore the aesthetic benefits that decking can bring to a garden. Using a natural finish can bring your decking in harmony with the greenery around your home, where new patio paving might otherwise stick out. The modularity of decking builds also means you can ensure your decking area suits the dimensions of your garden, giving a pleasing view from wherever you are.
Your decking finish needn’t be natural, either. You could opt to paint your decking any colour you choose, and even any patten you choose. You could have a fun multicoloured balcony, or a flush black decking floor; the choice is yours.