At the beginning of 2020, no one could've predicted the year would pan out how it did. Swathes of the country have been (and still are) in and out of lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19, which means more people are spending time at home than ever before.
For a while during summer, gardens were the only place we could meet up with friends and family, so this year has really made people think about their outdoor spaces and how they can be improved. Unsurprisingly, there's a direct correlation between the number of people at home and the number of people adding decking to their gardens! Many of these people didn't have the time to consider a full-scale garden renovation, but now they have plenty of time to design and install the deck of their dreams.
But is this the only reason that so many people have added decking to their garden this year?
Hottest summer on record
While lockdowns have inspired people to turn their attention towards their gardens, they're not the only reason that decking installations have rocketed this year. The three months between June and August were recorded as "the hottest meteorological summer on record, surpassing both 2019 and 2016 which were previously tied for hottest" - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
We already know that hot weather gets people out in their gardens, so it's no surprise that this heatwave led to more decking purchases. Our composite decking is a great investment for summer because it doesn't get too hot underfoot.
Timber decking has a tendency to get unbearably hot when the sun's out, with composite decking you won't have to worry about popping out barefoot even on the hottest days. Even your furry friends will enjoy laying out on it to sunbathe...
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Will decking still be popular in 2021?
We're all hopeful that a vaccine will help us get out lockdown during 2021, but it's definitely possible that our gardens will be used as safe spaces to meet up with the vulnerable for a little while at least! Our gardens have seen all kinds of family gatherings, including weddings, which has helped people realise how important their outdoor spaces can be during a time of crisis.
On top of this, people are still unsure whether they'll be able to go abroad over the next year and are instead thinking about making improvements at home. Not having a vacation doesn't feel so bad when your staycation is just as good!
For these reasons, we expect garden renovations (including decking installations) to stay on the rise for a little while longer as we move into 2021.
Have you been thinking about improving your garden over the last year? We offer a wide range of composite decking to suit different designs and budgets. Give your garden a little pick-me-up and shop our composite decking now!
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