Decking has been a popular choice for outdoor spaces for many years, and in that time the technology involved has moved on dramatically from simply laying natural wooden boards. Composite decking offers an environmentally friendly alternative that is low maintenance and non-slip, so it is the perfect material for a whole variety of settings.
We all know that decking looks great in your garden, but here are a few alternative suggestions of ways to make use of this versatile new material.
The number one concern in schools is of course safety, but it is also important for them to be built to withstand a lot of punishment. Composite decking ticks both of these boxes and can be used to create steps, seating and flooring that will last.
2. Nature Reserves and Wetlands
Wandering around the pathways of a wetland or national park allows you to get back to nature and really enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the going can be difficult for pushchairs, wheelchairs and the elderly, which is why decking provides a great solution that makes these attractions more accessible to all.
A life spent semi-submerged can leave wooden jetties susceptible to rot and warping. Since composite decking does not fall foul of these things, it is the ideal solution for high class marinas and humble fishing spots alike.
4. Residential Homes
Research has shown that access to outdoor space improves quality of life and speeds up rehabilitation in residential care homes. With its algae resistance and non-slip qualities, decking is the perfect material to create a worry-free haven for residents to enjoy.
As ‘stay-cations’ grow increasingly popular, more and more people are opting to spend their weekend away staying in a remote cabin that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of modern living. A beautiful veranda allows guests to enjoy a little bit of the outdoor lifestyle into the bargain.
6. Roof Gardens
With access to private gardens becoming more and more restricted in urban areas, many people are turning to their roof space to create a contemporary area for outdoor relaxation that doesn’t need a lot of regular maintenance.
7. Public Spaces
Any town square or public park must be created using the most durable materials around in order to withstand the heavy traffic of the general public. The low maintenance nature of composite decking makes it the ideal choice for local councils looking to keep their on-going costs down.
8. Swimming Pools
As any parent will tell you, the enjoyment of taking children swimming is always tempered by the anxiety that takes hold whenever they are required to walk across slippery tiling. Decking removes this worry and makes swimming pools a safer place for anyone who may be unsteady on their feet.
A restaurant with an attractive outdoor dining space is sure to pull in the crowds, and decking creates a sophisticated feel that will last for years without requiring lots of continuous care.
10. Caravan Parks
Decking can be used to create extra space for static caravans, or to mark out the edge of plots provided for mobile caravans. This gives visitors a stable surface to set up deck chairs and barbecues, to make the most of the outdoors whilst still on site.
This post was written by Nicky Hand. If you’re interested in finding out more about composite decking, Millboard offers a breakthrough material that addresses many of the shortcomings of traditional timber floors.