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Decking Vs Paving: Which Is Best For You?

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There are many ways to spruce up the exterior of your home, from tiny changes to huge installations. Whether installing something as quick and simple as planters or embarking on a huge project like completely redoing the exterior face of your home with new cladding, you want to ensure that you’ve made the right decisions for these permanent and extremely visible additions to your home. One big question many need to ask when developing their outdoor space comes down to the choice between timber or composite decking slats and concrete or stone paving slabs for their patio area. Here are some of the main factors to consider when making this choice!

Ease of Installation

If you’re looking for an easy installation process, then decking slats takes an easy win here. Due purely to their weight of the material, concrete or stone paving slabs require far more manpower to transport and install, with a much higher risk of injury to yourself if professionals aren’t used to complete the installation. Timber and composite decking slats are far quicker, easier, and less operationally taxing to complete the installation for.

Resale Value

The resale value might be the last thing on your mind, or it could be the first. But whether you’re completing this outdoor space for yourself to enjoy for years to come, or merely trying to flip a home for maximum profit, resale value should always be on your mind! Truthfully, both a deck and a patio will add a significant value to your home, but on average patio slabs are said to return 100% of the initial investment while timber decking will only return 75% and over. Composite decking is an excellent middle ground that will return a higher yield than timber.

Final Aesthetics

For aesthetic considerations, decking takes the crown! Unlike concrete or stone, decking is available in a huge range of different timbers or composite finishes. Because of this, your decking can be completely customised and chosen to specifically match your current exterior aesthetic. Composite decking is particularly good for this, as tones from natural wood hues to concrete-esque greys can be selected, with a choice of finishes.

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