At DeckPlus, we understand that every home is different, complete with its own individual features and quirks. Naturally, your garden should be the same, reflecting your own personality and character.

If you’re keen to put your own personal stamp on your garden design, you’ve come to the right place. Create a unique garden space that’s exclusive to your tastes with these top tips for garden deck designs.

 

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Touch of Colour

Over the years, multiple things have been crowned “king” by their industry, from cash to content. In the decking business, we’re proclaiming that colour is king – so long live the king!

A splash of colour can have a hugely regenerative effect on your outdoor space. It also has the ability to turn a standard decking area into statement focal point of your garden.

What’s more, each colour and shade has its own individual personality too, capable of altering the tone and ambience of the space instantly.

Grey is ideal for a modern aesthetic that’s uber-cool, while bright oranges present a bolder, more in your face vibe. Meanwhile, dark woods are perfect for giving your deck an air of sophistication.

At DeckPlus, we offer a wide variety of colours throughout our various product ranges. Why not mix and match by incorporating multiple colours into your design to really make your space unique.

 

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Pattern Pending

Once you’ve settled on the colour (or colours) you would like for your garden deck design, now is your chance to really expand your horizons and colour outside the lines.

There’s no hard and fast rule that says that decking patterns need to flow from east to west or north to south, so throw the compass out the window and prepare to take your garden deck design to unchartered territory.

From transition boards and picture framing to herringbone patterns and chevron styles, the scope for deck patterns goes far beyond simple lines and stripes.

For more ideas on deck patterns, check out our blog dedicated to just that by clicking here to find out more.

 

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Shape Shifting

Following on from the last section, it’s time to really think outside the box and what better way to do that by getting rid of the box entirely?

Decking areas commonly fall within a designated square or rectangular area. One sure-fire way to make your outside space really stand out is to create a decked area that’s shaped completely differently from the outset.

Hexagonal and octagonal decks have become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly when used for the purpose of separating levels and zoning (more on that below).

Even if you have a quadrilateral space to work with, you can still mix things up by incorporate cut-out areas within the deck itself.

This allows you to create a weaving S-shaped deck path that’s totally unlike the standard block deck we’ve become accustomed to. Dedicate these cut-outs to flower beds for the ultimate mix of colour and style.

 

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Level-Headed

Another great way to instantly turn a bland decking area into something special is to take your garden decking design to another level…quite literally!

Incorporating steps into your design can be a fantastic way to not only create a deck that looks visually stunning, but it can also allow you to really make the most of the space you have available.

Levelling is also a great way to split your decking into zones; for example, you could use the lower area for dining and the upper partition for general lounging and socialising.

Creating a raised deck is also the perfect way to transition from one space to another and can seamlessly blend your deck area with a lawn or patio with effortless ease and style.

Raise your game with a deck that performs on every level!

 

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Accessorise All Areas

Like any form of interior or exterior design, the finishing touches can make all the difference and the choices you make for your decking have the ability to make or break your outside space.

Luckily, decking lends itself well to any number of optional extras and creature comforts, from plant pots and garden furniture to fire pits and hot tubs.

Perhaps one of the easiest and most natural ways to incorporate a functional accessory into your decking design is to blend your deck into a bench of the same material.

DeckPlus boards can be easily modified to create a built-in bench that not only matches your deck to the grain but also retains all the hardwearing properties of composite material.

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When opting for a decking area in your outdoor space, it’s easy to fall into the mindset of linear patterns and uniform design.

The tried and tested route of cascading deck boards, flowing straight from left to right or stretching from top to bottom is one that has reigned supreme for decades and is as timeless as the decking itself.

However, to overlook the potential for creativity is like going into a cocktail bar and ordering a pint of Carling.

With that in mind, it’s time to shed the blinkers, expand the horizons and breathe some life into your outdoor space with deck patterns that are designed with wow factor built-in.

 

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Unusual Deck Patterns

Outside of laying your decking in a traditional vertical, horizontal or diagonal orientation, there are a whole host of styles you can create by combining a combination of the three.

Here are a few creative deck patterns you can easily create using some simple techniques and design blends.

 

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Transition Board

Combining horizontal decking with one or two vertical boards in the centre at strategic points throughout the deck can be a fantastically easy way to mix up your design.

This can be particularly effective if you opt to use a contrasting colour for your transition boards; e.g. opting for light Teak boards to break up an overall Walnut design.

 

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Picture Framing

As the label suggests, picture framing adds a border to your decking for a custom look that adds a sense of confinement to your design.

This is a great way of definitively separating your deck from another area of your garden making it ideal for zoning and multi-purpose outdoor spaces.

The alternating rib width of our EvoDek range is perfect for this, providing notable directional change and design distinction, as well as the option for bi-colour blending.

 

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Herringbone

Named for its likeness to the skeletal structure of a fish, the herringbone deck pattern is essentially a combination of two mirror-image diagonal boards.

The result of this is an arrowhead pattern that gives a unique aesthetic as well as an element of direction to your deck design.

 

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Chevron

Very similar to the herringbone design, chevron decking also follows a V-shaped pattern, providing an aesthetically pleasing directional design.

However, the main difference between the two is that, while the herringbone boards overlap end-on-end, the chevron boards meet with ends flush.

The chevron design is perfect for combining two different colours, while it can be further customised with a transition board to open up a world of creative design options.

 

Hopefully, this blog has helped open your eyes to a new realm of possibilities for deck patterns in your garden, but it’s important to remember that we’ve only scratched the surface in this blog.

With a bit of flair and an eye for creativity, there’s a whole world of variations to explore when it comes to your deck design.

For more deck pattern ideas, head over to our deck inspiration page now for more unique concepts and unusual designs.

Want to get started and create a stunning deck pattern in your garden? Browse our composite decking and order directly through our website today! We'll deliver everything you need to start your garden transformation. 

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Wood look composite decking

If you're thinking of adding a deck to your outdoor space, there are a number of different materials for you to choose from - including hardwood, softwood and composite wood decking.

100% wood deck boards have a number of benefits. Timber decking suppliers frequently trumpet the virtues of their 'natural' and 'organic' products...but they're far less likely to mention the drawbacks of real wood decking.

If you want a simple life, composite decking (a low-maintenance alternative to traditional wood decking) may just be perfect for you. Read on to find out why wood-plastic deck boards are generally preferable to all-wood products.

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Life in the 21st century can be a mile a minute and fitting everything into a 24-hour day is, at times, nigh on impossible.

For those lucky enough to have composite decking on their property, one hindrance you can remove from the list of time-sapping chores is deck maintenance.

No longer will you have to spend your summer Saturdays treating your deck boards with sealing products and coats of varnish, nor will you have to spend hours scrubbing them clean after a heavy build-up of groove-infiltrating dirt.

Read on for the complete low-down on the time and labour-saving properties of our low-maintenance decking and see for yourself.

 

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Decking Maintenance

When it comes to low-maintenance decking, composite decking has no peers.

Softwood decking is prone to water absorption and can be a real slip hazard, as well as a magnet for mildew and mould. They are also likely to split and splinter in short turnaround and have a life-span that’s hardly worth the investment.

Meanwhile, while hardwood decking is a better option than its softer counterpart, this too can crack, split and splinter over time and requires a lot of TLC to keep in tip-top condition. They are also often sourced from tropical areas and are extremely detrimental to the environment.

With such drawbacks to the natural route, it’s no surprise that many opt for a synthetic alternative; however, even that route isn’t without its flaws. In fact, traditional man-made options can have their own set of issues altogether.

Plastic decking lacks the organic appearance of wood, while the structural integrity of PVC boards can become seriously compromised with the expansion/contraction of the boards. These structural changes in varying temperatures can lead to very noticeable bows and cracks in no time.

 

Low-Maintenance Composite Decking

Luckily for deck enthusiasts nationwide, DeckPlus is here to banish the boredom of plank preservation and wearying wood work.

All the products available at DeckPlus are extremely low-maintenance – so much so that it’s one of our primary selling points. Minimal maintenance is a headline perk of our products, providing aesthetic awesomeness year-round, year after year after year.

Whether you choose our hollow composite decking products, uncapped composite deck boards or capped composite decking options, you can rest assured that your weekends will be free to enjoy them and not be taken up treating, staining or cleaning them.

So confident are we that your deck will last, all of our decking ranges come with a generous warranty period. These range from the five and ten year guarantees of our EvoDek and WeatherDek ranges, all the way up to the generation-spanning 25 and 30-year warranties of our TimberTech products.

 

Composite Decking Maintenance

When it comes to keeping your composite decking boards looking as good as new, all that’s required is an annual jet-wash to revive their “just laid” look.

For more information on the low-maintenance properties and perks of our composite decking boards, why not check out our blog dedicated to composite decking FAQs for the full lowdown.

 

If you have any additional queries relating to our low-maintenance decking options, feel free to get in touch today! Drop us a line on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online using the link below.

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Embarking on an outdoor project can be a daunting task from the outset, particularly if you have no prior experience, existing knowledge or professional expertise in the area.

As such, shopping for the right kind of decking material for your outdoor revamp can be an unenviable task akin to reading a menu in a foreign restaurant; while each listing may sound great, knowing exactly what you’re ordering can ensure you get the right dish for your palette.

To help you get the best decking material for your project, we’ve translated the DeckPlus decking menu so you know exactly what to expect when your decking dish is unveiled on delivery day.

 

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Best Composite Decking

Here at DeckPlus, we offer three primary options for those looking to revive their outdoor space with a fresh decking design.

 

Capped Composite Decking

Encased in an additional protective polymer sleeve that’s exclusive to our capped composite deck products, these capped boards are the undisputed king of the composite decking world.

Built with low-maintenance durability at its core, each capped composite decking board features an undetectable shielding cover that gifts it with impressively low porosity. This translates to extreme slip-resistance that’s simply unrivalled.

In the event of a spill, simply wipe-clean and your deck will be good as new, showing no lasting ill-effects, whether you spill wine, juice or oil. The best decking material for outdoor living, this surface is made for social gatherings.

 

Uncapped Composite Decking

While missing the protective polymer sleeve of its younger, capped brother, uncapped composite decking from DeckPlus provides your outdoor space with an extremely durable, long-lasting decking solution that won’t let you down.

Stain and slip resistant, each board is built to the highest specification to ensure your deck area retains its beauty year after year. What’s more, it’s also fundamentally engineered to perform in a variety of weather conditions.

Better still, these boards are extremely low-maintenance and will never require staining or sealing, nor will they ever splinter, split or crack.

 

Hollow Composite Decking

If the budget is tight and the cost is a concern, don’t throw in the towel on your outdoor project just yet. Hollow composite decking from DeckPlus is the ultimate way to achieve your decking dreams economically.

Available in two primary options – the EvoDek range and the WeatherDek range – these budget-friendly decking solutions provide composite decking performance at a price that won’t bleed your bank account dry.

With a tough, hard-wearing exterior, these hollow boards provide an attractive wood-look aesthetic with modern composite materials. The hollow centre gives a lightweight finish that is still just as reliable as its solid siblings, yet far more environmentally friendly.

 

Which Decking is Right for Me?

Naturally, it would be easy to say that capped composite decking is the obvious choice for anyone looking to make a grand investment in their outdoor space.

While this may be true, it’s also unrealistic and budget can and often does play a hand in the choices we make (otherwise, there would surely be a LOT more Ferraris on the roads instead of Ford Fiestas)!

If your budget will allow, capped composite decking arguably provides the best decking type overall, providing enhanced durability and protection with its polymer coating, ensuring it maintains its design and looks.

Conversely, hollow decking is a true life-saver for anyone looking to revive their outdoor space without the luxury of extensive funds, providing style and substance without breaking the bank.

For a middle-ground solution, uncapped composite decking is perhaps the best of both worlds. Competitively priced yet robustly reliable and low-maintenance, it offers a great design solution that incorporates long-lasting aesthetics and performance with a more appealing price.

Whichever decking option you ultimately opt for, you won’t be disappointed with DeckPlus! We hope that we have answered your question about which is the best decking material! For more information on any of these product ranges, why not get in touch with a member of the DeckPlus team? 

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