BESPOKE DECKING BY JOHN GALE LANDSCAPES
ELEGANT, IMAGINATIVE & PRACTICAL DESIGN BEAUTIFULLY DETAILED DECKING BUILT TO LAST
There are basically three types of deck board to choose from softwood, hardwood or composite, and we have built many decks from all three. Treated softwood is the cheapest option and inevitably it is the one with the shortest lifespan (10 – 15 years without regular treatment); there is an exception in
Cedar which is a beautiful softwood, naturally resistant to insects and mould (15 – 20 years without regular treatment).
Hardwood such as Balau or Oak is the best choice where real wood is required, it will last longer (30+ years without regular treatment) and has a more attractive colour & grain than treated pine.
Composite decking is now becoming more popular, with many manufacturers offering different products. All of these products have a long lifespan of 30+ years, but it must be remembered that a treated softwood frame, if well built, should last around 20 – 25 years. Composite frames and posts can be used to match the lifespan of the boards, but these can be expensive.