Advances in outdoor design have seen decking materials come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, leaving old deck technology behind in the rear-view mirror as outdoor relics of the past.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the time and/or money to stay on top of decking technology, often leaving an aging aesthetic in growing need of updating with each passing year.
For those that have yet to update their decks, the time will eventually come when a deck replacement is needed, as colours fade and boards weaken.
Sadly, time waits for no man and the same thing applies to decking. If you’re considering a deck replacement, here are a few things you might want to mull over before you commit.
Do I Need a Deck Replacement?
Depending on the size of your outdoor space and, more importantly, the decking area you need to replace, a comprehensive deck replacement can be a costly endeavour.
If you’re considering a replacing your decking due to the aging aesthetics and maturing condition of the deck boards, you might want to look a little deeper into the problem.
Upon closer inspection, you may not require a full-scale deck replacement at all. In fact, you may even be able to re-use some of your existing features, provided they are still in healthy condition.
Most deck frames are made of treated materials specifically designed to last for decades. Provided your existing structure is made from treated wood and not rotting, you may be able to re-use it.
Remodelling your existing structure with new decking, rails and stairs can breathe new life into an otherwise sound structure, saving a chunk of time and money in the process.
That being said, if rot has taken hold and key structural elements are beginning to weaken – such as the posts, joists and beams – you may need to throw in the towel and start from scratch.
Taking the Plunge
When it comes to deck replacement, the power of change can have a huge impact on your outdoor space, in terms of appearance, enjoyment and practical use.
In fact, revamping your deck boards can make a massive difference to the overall aesthetic, particularly if you opt for a notably different design.
Simply switching up the colour scheme can instantly revolutionise your garden in terms of personality, providing a welcome change to the established norm of before.
You may even find that the change of dynamic changes your living habits, providing additional motivation to get outside and make the most of your outdoor space.
What’s more, upgrading from a traditional decking material to composite decking also brings with it a myriad of practical benefits that allow you to enjoy your outdoor space like never before.
Upgrading to Composite Decking
Composite decking is inherently hard-wearing, requiring minimal upkeep. No longer will you be required to spend your Saturdays staining and treating the boards to maintain their vibrant hue; a simple annual jetwash will do just fine.
Additionally, composite decking is also extremely capable under a number of elemental demands, resistant to hot and cold weather alike, as well as abrasions. Composite decking will never split or splinter, nor will it warp or fade.
Meanwhile, capped composite decking in particular also boasts extreme moisture-resistance, making any worries of spills and stains a thing of the past. So, the next time the weather is fine, there are no excuses to spark up the BBQ or enjoy a few drinks in the open air.
For more advice on deck replacement or additional information on composite decking options from DeckPlus, why not speak with our customer care team today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the link below.
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