Decking & Paving

Paving and decking have enjoyed massive popularity in garden makeovers in recent years and is a vital part for if you are interested in creating a living area in your garden to either enhance your property or construct a place where you and your family can make memories. But often, the question on a lot of people’s lips is which one is the better option. At Howarth Timber, we offer a wide range of decking and paving products, as well as some informative blogs and advice on decking vs paving, so you can make to get the best possible outcome for your home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What sand should I use for block paving?
We would recommend using kiln dried sand for block paving joints. It’s an extremely fine sand that’s been dried in a kiln to remove all the water before being used.
Is decking cheaper than paving?
When choosing between decking or paving, consider that decking materials tend to be more affordable and cost-effective than paving materials.
How many paving bricks per m2?
Including mortar, there are precisely 48.5 bricks of this size per square meter, but most professionals calculate at 50 per square meter to allow for breakages, cuts, accidental damage, or wastage.
How much does a deck cost?
The cost of your decking will depend on several factors. However, as a rough ballpark cost, the decking material and installation could cost anything from £2,300 for a non-elevated softwood deck (for a 24m2 small house), to £22,000 for an elevated composite decking with railing and stairs (for a an 80m2 big house).
What is composite decking?
Composite decking is a man-made building product made up of mix of wood fibers, plastics, and a small amount of bonding agents. This mix is then heated and formed into board shaped lengths and then cooled.
Which way should decking be laid?
Ultimately, you can lay decking either way, but we recommend installing your decking board ridge side down. This is mainly because the ridges are designed to allow for airflow, to stop moisture sitting in the ridge, and can allow for a stronger structure.
What gap should I have between decking boards?
When installing decking boards, make sure to leave a 3.175mm to 6.35mm gap in between them. This gap will make sure that the decking can breathe, have sufficient drainage, and make it easier to clean.
How wide are deck boards?
Common deck board widths are 101mm, 152mm, and 203mm. The widths are readily available in most building supply stores.