When thinking about laying decking in your garden, it is important to consider what type of material will best suit your space. Wood and composite are two of the most popular types of decking materials on the market today. Each one has its own unique pros and cons that should be considered before making a final decision. This article will explore the differences between wood and composite decking, as well as the pros and cons of each type. 

Soft Wood Decking: The Pros and Cons 

Soft wood decking is the traditional choice for outdoor decking projects. It is a natural material that is easy to install, lightweight yet strong, and can be stained or left in its natural colour. 
One of the main advantages of wood decking is its affordability; it is a great option for those who are on a tight budget. However, wood decking does require regular maintenance and can be prone to warping or rotting if not properly looked after. 
Attractive natural finish 
Relatively inexpensive compared to composite decking 
Easily repaired or replaced if necessary 
Prone to rot and warping over time 
Requires regular treatment with preservatives and sealants for protection against the elements 
Not as resistant to insect infestations as composite decking 

Composite Decking: The Pros and Cons 

Composite decking is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional wood decks. It is made from recycled materials such as wood fibres, plastics, and other recycled materials. As it's made from recycled material, it's environmentally friendly and sustainable in comparison to other types of decking.  
Composite decking is also very low maintenance, requiring little more than a simple clean every now and then. It's also resistant to rot and insect infestations meaning you don't have to worry about any of these issues. 
However, composite decking is more expensive than wood decking, and also has a unique look so if you're looking for a traditional wood look, composite may not be the ideal choice. 
Low maintenance 
Resistant to warping and rotting 
Environmentally friendly and sustainable 
More expensive than soft wood cladding  
Does not have the traditional wood appearance 

Choosing between composite or soft wood decking 

Making the decision between composite or soft wood decking ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for a natural, rich look then natural wood may be your choice. Natural wood requires more careful maintenance, though, as exposed wood is vulnerable to weather changes and insect infestations. With regular staining and resealing, it can look great for years, but the upkeep does require work and financial investment. 
On the other hand, composite decks offer low maintenance options that will mix any desired style with lasting durability. Composite decks are created to withstand all weather conditions and over time fade less than natural woods do—making them perfect for homeowners needing something that looks beautiful and lasts longer than traditional materials without extra work. 
While both composite and soft wood have their individual beneficial features, whichever option best suits an individual's needs should ultimately be chosen when deciding which type of deck is right for them. 

Ground Force Landscaping are based in Windsor and work throughout the local area. 


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