Can you believe we're almost at the end of February? We're definitely starting to see some longer, brighter days creeping in, which means spring is well and truly on the way! With drier, warmer days just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for spring 2021. 

If you've taken a look at the Prime Minister's roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, you'll notice that two households (up to 6 people) will be able to meet outdoors by the end of March. That's not too far away! We're sure you'll want to welcome your friends and family into your garden after months apart, so it's important that your garden is looking its best. Here are a few things you can do to get your garden ready for spring 2021.

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Upgrade your old deck

Many homeowners in the UK have an old timber deck that's been quietly rotting and warping in the damp weather for years. People lead busy lifestyles which means sanding, staining, and sealing a timber deck falls to the bottom of a very long list of garden tasks that need to be done. As such, there are a lot of old wooden decks that could be replaced with composite decking to clean the garden up in time for spring. 

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Many UK homeowners have added decks, patios, lighting and flower beds to their outdoor spaces in order to help them get through lockdown - that's according to a recent survey conducted by DeckPlus.

The survey, which received 400 responses, asked: Have you added any of the following to your garden because of the coronavirus lockdown measures? Respondents were given 16 options and allowed to tick any number of answers (including none at all).

Infographic: what have you added to your garden in response to Covid lockdown measures?

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will rain damage my deck

With Storm Christoph making its way across the UK, homeowners are wondering how their gardens will hold up. Rain, flooding and even strong winds can have a detrimental impact on your garden, so it's important that you invest in durable garden features that can withstand British weather. 

Will rain ruin my newly stained deck?

If you have a traditional timber deck in your garden, you might be wondering whether the rain will affect the stain you just applied. Well, that all depends on how well your boards are sealed. A stain is good at making timber decking a deeper, richer colour, but it doesn't always do much in terms of making the decking waterproof. Most timber decking providers would recommend that you also apply a coat of sealant to protect your boards from the rain. 

So, yes, it's likely that your newly stained deck will be ruined by the rain if you haven't properly sealed it. Rainwater is slightly acid, and over time, it will seep into your wooden boards and break down the sealant and stain that you painstakingly applied - that's why it needs to be re-applied annually! 

A water-resistant alternative

We know what you're thinking, that sounds like a LOT of work. And you're right. A traditional timber deck is a lot of work and if you want it to look good all year round you need to be prepared to put the time in. 

If you're thinking about finding a water-resistant alternative to traditional timber decking, then you've come to the right place. Here at DeckPlus, we offer a wide variety of composite decking that's manufactured with water resistance in mind.

How is composite decking made?

For those of you who aren't familiar with how our composite decking is made, we combine wood flour with a polymer resin and (for some of our ranges) finish the board off with an additional polymer sleeve. This makes our boards very impermeable to water, which is great for gardens here in the UK where rain clouds can appear at any moment! Composite decking won't need staining or sealing, the polymer resin keeps it looking bright and beautiful whatever the weather.

You might be thinking that boards made with polymer must look cheap and plasticky. That's where you're wrong. We've worked really hard with our manufacturers to create composite decking that has a real-wood look and finish, so you really can have the best of both worlds. A beatiful deck that's more than capable of standing up to the elements.

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If you're interested in replacing your old wooden deck with a durable deck, take a look at our range of composite decking. It's sure to withstand whatever the British weather throws at it and will last you a lifetime.

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how is composite decking made

While many people know that composite decking is a beautiful, long-lasting alternative to traditional wood decking, few people know how composite deck boards are made. As the name suggests "composite" decking is made up of more than one element. Where traditional timber decking is made purely of wood, composite decking is made using a combination of hardwood fibres, polymer resin. The resulting boards offer superior strength, water-resistance and durability! Let's look a little bit closer at the way our composite decking is manufactured here at DeckPlus...

Our eco-friendly manufacturing process

One of the biggest misconceptions about composite decking is that it's bad for the environment because it contains plastics. In reality, the opposite is true! As outlined on our Eco-Friendly Decking page, a large proportion of the raw materials that make DeckPlus composite decking are recycled.

The wood fibres that we use are made using cut-offs of wood that would've otherwise ended up in landfill, and the plastics we use come from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. All of our composite decking is made responsibly so that we can offer you an eco-friendly alternative to timber decking. 

You're probably thinking, how can timber decking be worse for the environment than composite - it's completely natural. Well, yes. Timber decking is completely natural, but herein lies the problem. In order for timber decking to be manufactured, thousands of trees are cut down each year, most of which are in tropical rainforests and other similar settings. Our composite decking doesn't contribute to deforestation and instead gives discarded wood a new lease of life!

How are composite deck boards made?

There are two different ways that composite deck boards can be made, by extrusion or by compression moulding.

Extrusion

The two main elements, wood fibres and polymer resin are combined with lubricants, foaming agents and colourant before being fed into an extrusion machine to create the desired shape. This method creates one long composite deck board on a conveyor belt that can be cut down to the required lengths later. 

Compression moulding

Compression moulding is slightly different. Instead of feeding the raw materials into an extrusion machine, manufacturers tip the materials into a wood grain mould and compress them under extreme heat and pressure. This heat and pressure creates a strong physical bond that gives the boards their shape.

Different kinds of composite decking

Composite decking doesn't just come in one shape or size, you will see from the variety of ranges we offer on our website that composite decking can be hollow, solid, capped or uncapped. Each of these board types has its own unique qualities that make it suitable for different designs and budgets. 

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Hollow composite deckinglike the boards in our EvoDek and FutureDek ranges, are perfect for homeowners that need a lightweight, budget-friendly option. Since these boards are made using less material, we can supply them at a lower price. The unique design of our hollow boards means that you're not compromising on structural integrity. 

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Capped composite decking benefits from an additional polymer sleeve on top of the durable composite boards. This helps to make the boards highly-resistant to moisture and also preserves the colour and wood-grain finish for longer.

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Whichever DeckPlus composite decking you choose, you can rest assured that it's been made responsibly and will last you for years to come. Take a look at our full range of decking, or give us a call on 0800 028 8756 to find out more. 

decking 2020

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.

Cat on decking

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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