Decking is a great way to extend your living space into the exterior of your home. But as tropical hardwoods grow ever more expensive, what decking trends are people around the globe today? Let’s take a look and find out!
Pine and other softwoods are still a popular option for many first-time buyers. This is largely due to its affordability and the fact that it is lightweight and easily workable.
Tropical hardwoods such as Merbau and other local hardwoods are the traditional choice for exterior decking, due to their beautiful appearance, graceful aging and hard-wearing properties.
Although natural materials still dominate the decking market with around 80% of buyers choosing wood for their decking, this figure is gradually decreasing. Many new decking projects and refurbishments now opt for more hard-wearing, affordable and eco-friendly option.
Aluminum is a lightweight, pocket-friendly and near-maintenance-free option, which is becoming popular among many buyers who are looking for an alternative option to wood. Although it is more expensive than softwoods, the minimal upkeep requirements soon offset the initial costs.
Composite decking is the fastest growing option for new decking. Many buyers are attracted to its durability, affordability and hard wearing properties. In addition to these benefits, many people are now choosing composites as an environmentally friendly option. The majority of composite decking is composed of recycled material, plastics and reclaimed wood. These materials are then forged into a durable composite that is sustainable and requires minimal upkeep. A variety of finishes are available to suit the design requirements of your home.
Whatever option you choose, your decking will become an important area of your living space for years to come. Weigh up your options carefully before committing, and choose the decking solution that is right for you.
In Style Patios and Decks are the top Gold Coast and Brisbane deck builders. We use a wide variety of materials from Treated Pine and Merbau through to roll formed steel and SHS. Call our team today on 0436 007 776 and let us know what deck you’re dreaming of.