Howarth Timber & Building Supplies offer a wide range of Decking Boards in both Hardwoods and Softwoods, that are a simple way of transforming your outdoor space into sometime amazing.
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.
In terms of decking, a hardwood timber is often a popular choice because hardwoods are typically more resilient against rot and degeneration. However that's not to say a softwood decking cannot be a good option too. Softwoods tend to need regular maintenance, however for many people this allows them a little more control over the appearance of the wood.
When to use Timber Decking Boards
Concrete. A great solution for covering concrete that has been damaged and unsightly over time, and looks a great deal nicer.
Problem Solving. If your garden if renowned for being marshy or generally damp, decking can help raise your outdoor space above it. On the other hand, if you garden is particularly uneven, they can 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.
Confused by Decking Boards? Get in touch with your nearest branch, who will be happy to answer questions.