Decking is extremely trendy. A simple way to lift a garden, it adds a bit of pizazz and covers a multitude of garden problems. Traditionally made from wood, traditional decking is high-maintenance, requiring painting or staining every year to keep it looking fresh. Plastic decking on the other hand is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those wanting to update their outside space but don’t want the hassle of wooden decking. Bringing numerous benefits, plastic decking is a sure-fire way to update an otherwise uninspiring space.
Hard wearing and waterproof
One of the main plus-points of plastic decking is the fact that it is much more durable and hard-wearing than wood. Wooden decking needs to be either repaired or replaced regularly in order to keep it looking smart. Plastic however and won’t crack, warp or rot due to its waterproof nature, fending off the environment’s elements effortlessly. Its waterproofing comes in handy too when late-night spillages occur. Unlike wood, plastic is stain resistant so those accidental spills won’t be the end of the world. Even treated decking absorbs liquids quickly, making it extremely difficult to remove stains caused by spillages effectively. Plastic decking allows spills to be simply wiped away leaving no tell-tale signs behind.
Safe and tidy
Plastic decks are also a popular choice for those with small children or pets as they are generally a lot safer than their wooden counterparts. Unlike many traditional wood decks, plastic decking is both splinter-free and slip-resistant – even in wet weather. Ideal for high-traffic areas, plastic decks age slower and better due to their hard-wearing, durable material. Looking a lot tidier than their wooden brothers, they make gardens look fresh, modern and clean for longer. Their longevity helps to cut down costs too. Staining and repairing broken wooden planks every year or two obviously comes at a cost. As plastic planks require no maintenance – aside from the occasional clean – the amount of money spent on upkeep is zero. So although the initial outlay may be slightly more, over time, plastic decking will practically pay for itself.
Time-effective and stylish
Laying wooden decks can be extremely time-consuming. The time spent finishing and sanding means it can be weeks until the newly-laid decking is fit for use. Once laid, painting and varnishing the wooden planks is another lengthy process which requires concentration, a steady hand and dry weather – which is sometimes a lot easier said than done! Plastic decking on the other hand comes ready made in a variety of hues to suit personal tastes and themes. For those looking for something traditional, the customary ‘wood’ colour looks just like wooden decking, whereas more modern shades, such as grey, add a stylish twist to outdoor spaces and complement garden furniture, plants and fencing.
The Outdoor Look have a range of plastic decking available to purchase. Coming in planks and tiles, it is ideal for a range of outdoor spaces and gardens.