If you’re on the lookout for a smooth decking solution, then the likelihood is that you’ve been scouring the style mags or are maybe just back from your annual summer holiday? Essentially, there are two main types of decking: smooth and grooved or castellated. In the UK, until recently, most people seem to have chosen grooved boards, but the tide appears to be turning and now more and more people are asking for smooth decking.
Whether you prefer smooth or grooved decking is in many ways down to personal choice, but there are often good reasons for choosing one over the other. If you’re sitting on the fence, or even worried about choosing smooth boards because everyone around you seems to have chosen grooved, then read on. In this article we’ll share some insight with you that should help you make your ultimate decision.
Here are the key advantages of smooth decking:
- It’s a less bumpy ride if you’re travelling over it on bare feet or if you need to wheel a baby’s pram over it for example.
- Smooth decking is easier to keep clean because there are no dust and grime traps to worry about.
- If you’re a stiletto wearer, you’ll probably already be aware of the frustrations caused by grooved decking (particularly when trying to walk like a catwalk model with a tray of drinks in your hand!).
- It looks a million dollars. While grooved decking can provide an interesting backdrop for your outdoor furnishing, the uninterrupted, sleek look of smooth decking really is hard to beat.
Here are just some of our favourites and why we think they deserve to be on your shortlist:
Ipe Hardwood Decking is a great solution to give you a smooth decking that will last pretty much a lifetime. Both of these options use hidden fixings, which means there is absolutely nothing to spoil your finished look. A rich red colour, Ipe hardwood decking will add charm and good looks to even the humblest of decks. And what’s more, the natural variation in colour that you’ll enjoy from board to board will add interest beyond what you can imagine right now. Take a couple of minutes to have a look at the finished project images we have on our website here and you’ll see exactly what we mean.
Another smooth alternative is Teak Hardwood Decking. As you can see it’s a tad more expensive than Ipe, but teak really is the King of decking hardwoods. Again using hidden fixings, this teak decking really is the ultimate in decking luxury. Associated with the earliest of decking found in the homes of the rich and famous decades ago, teak decking is arguably one of the most long-lasting decking options you can choose.
No matter whether you are planning a small, postage stamp terrace or an elaborate combination of a lounging and dining deck combined with a pool surround, these smooth decking options won’t disappoint. Team them up with simple furnishings or go the whole hog and let your imagination run wild. Either way, you will get a huge amount of bang for your buck with this style of decking. In fact, a great tip for truly making the most of your decking is to add shade for the summer months and a heating option as well as some moody lighting for when the nights draw in. Cuddle up in a cosy wrap on colder days and take some rays when the sun comes out, the choice is yours. Alone or with friends and family, smooth decking (in fact any decking) is a great way to increase your living space and give you a whole new way to enjoy your outside space.
Why not take a few minutes to look at the great decking options we have. If you’d like help to make your final decision, don’t hesitate to get in touch.