At first glance, decking and paving are both different. However, when you think about it more closely, they are actually different products performing very similar roles as garden flooring. Whether you choose to use one, the other or a combination of both, they have the power to completely transform virtually any outdoor space. They do this by not only adding practicality but personality. But which one is right for your garden?
Personal choice is the most important factor in a lot of garden designs. Nevertheless, here are a few things that you might want to think about before deciding.
Paving is manufactured from either natural or man-made stone materials. These are often chosen to match the materials used either in the local area.
Our range includes:
- Block Paving
- Pendle Paving
- Natural Stone
Paving is usually placed flat on the ground. It is generally the preferred option for creating garden paths. It is also great if you want to create a stepping stone effect across a grassy area or pebbles.
Whilst paving can be more expensive, they require little maintenance in the long-term and are an excellent investment.
Decking is most commonly manufactured from timber, however, composite boards made from recycled materials are growing quickly in popularity.
Decking is typically raised off the ground, so it is ideal if your garden is on a natural slope and you want to create an area for tables and chairs.
As a rule, decking is easy to lay compared to paving. However, it will require extra maintaining to prolong its lifespan, for example, oiling it. Decking can also get quite slippery when wet and during the colder months of the year.
Planning permission is not typically required to install decking, unless:
- Your decking will be more than 30cm of the ground
- When combined with other outbuildings including extensions, the decking will cover more than 50% of your outdoor space*
If you really can’t decide, there is no reason why you can’t have both types of outdoor flooring. Used together, there are so many ways to really open your creativity with both decking and paving.