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In more recent times, property owners in the Horsham and West Sussex areas have been more inclined to choose patios as family relaxation areas. Understandably, this results in us using more resilient materials such as block paving, flagstones and imprinted concrete. Over the last couple of years, however, we have seen a huge resurgence in garden decking.
Decking is becoming popular again because more and more of our customers in the Horsham area are combining the aesthetic appeal of timber with their lawn space.
Composite decking, derived from durable uPVC, is also being installed on a more frequent basis for homeowners in Horsham and the surrounding county of West Sussex. It is hardwood and softwood decking that we work with most often, and our landscape gardeners provide a complete design and installation service unrivalled in our region.
Decking can be used as a relaxation area around lawn space and provides an ideal setting for family get-togethers, fun evenings with friends or those quiet, reflective moments you simply want to enjoy on your own. Garden decking can also be used around swimming pools or, for a genuine touch of luxury, around hot tubs and Jacuzzis.
If your Horsham or West Sussex property has a sloped garden, decking can turn unusable space into a stable, functional and practical area. It can even be used in a more simple form as paving or steps, and will blend in perfectly with other soft landscaping features.
Some types of decking are prone to faster deterioration than others and can also become slippery during periods of wet or damp weather. One thing to keep in mind before proceeding with a decking installation in the Horsham area is to choose a material of high quality. Today, the best garden decking comes with a ‘DeckMark’ symbol.
The ‘DeckMark’ symbol is your assurance of quality, and it is only used on high-grade decking materials which have been approved by the Timber Decking Association.
Softwood decking is a cheaper alternative for our Horsham and West Sussex customers, and it can be purchased in a range of attractive materials including pine and spruce. The surfaces and cuts of these two decking types should be treated with a preservative. Cedar is the best softwood decking option because it is naturally resistant to adverse weather conditions.
Hardwood decking, such as birch, cherry, elm or maple, provides a more resilient finish and a contemporary style all of its own. With the correct treatments and preservatives, homeowners in the Horsham and West Sussex areas can realistically expect decking to last for up to 25 years, but regular maintenance will be required to achieve this.
If you live in or around Horsham and have been considering garden decking, Leyton Landscapes would love to hear from you. We are genuine garden decking specialists for the whole of West Sussex and we can work to the current layout of your garden space to deliver a stunning outdoor feature which will boost kerb appeal and add value to your home.