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Decking Boards

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Decking Boards are a simple way of transforming your outdoor space into something amazing and are available in a variety of sizes in softwood and hardwood, plus thermally treated options are available. 

What is the difference between Hardwood and Softwood?  

Hardwoods are so-called, as they are sourced from trees that grow slowly, meaning the wood has more time to mature. In comparison, Softwoods are sourced from fast-growing trees, but this doesn’t mean softwoods can’t be tough too.  

Hardwood decking is often a popular choice because hardwoods are typically more resilient against rot and degeneration. However, softwood decking boards are also a great choice with a little extra maintenance.  

When to use Timber Decking Boards  

Concrete. Decking Boards are a great solution for covering concrete that has been damaged and become unsightly over a period and, decking boards are a great deal nicer.  

Problem Solving. If your garden if renowned for being boggy or generally damp, it’s easy to not want to spend time in it because garden furniture is likely to sink into it. However, decking can help raise your outdoor space above it.   

The same goes if you have a particularly uneven garden perhaps because you live on a hill. Decking can be used to create an area that is level for tables and chairs.  

Complement. A fantastic finish for an above ground swimming pool or water feature, which can handle being beside water without becoming damaged.  

Difference Between Smooth and Grooved Deck Boards  

A lot of companies will tell you that Grooved Deck Boards are the better option because they offer more slip resistance. However, this is untrue: Grooved Boards offer no advantage – in terms of slippage – over Smooth ones.  

Nevertheless, Grooved Boards are an ideal option if you are placing them by a pool or water feature, as the grooves allow water to run-off quickly. However, it is important to note that they are only effective for this purpose if they are used in shorter lengths. If you intend/need to use longer decking lengths, Smooth Boards are a better option.  

At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies we have a wide range of decking boards, as well as a variety of C16 and C24 timbers that can be used as part of your project. We also offer a wide selection of composite decking, whilst our Garden & Landscaping range will help you to complete your garden project. 

Confused by Decking Boards? Get in touch with your nearest branch, who will be happy to answer questions.