Timber decking is a cost-effective alternative to a patio. It’s generally cheaper per square metre than concrete paving slabs and is significantly less expensive than other materials like natural stone.
How much does timber decking cost?
The cost will depend on which wood you prefer to use. Standard decking boards are usually made from pine and cost around £4-7 each. They’ll cost slightly more if you opt for finishes such as anti-slip coating. Although pine is durable, it does need to be treated regularly and, as it’s a soft wood, it’s more prone to splitting. If you would prefer decking that requires less maintenance, it might be worth investing in hardwood boards. You can expect to pay at least double the price you would for pine boards, but the wood can be left untreated, which means less time and money spent on installation and painting.
Is it expensive to install?
One of the benefits of timber decking is that it generally takes less time to install than a patio. Provided you make adequate provisions for drainage and ventilation, the decking frame can be laid directly onto the ground, or on top of concrete slabs. This means a much quicker installation time compared to a patio, which requires a lot of digging and preparation before the ground is ready. This can potentially save you money if you’re paying a tradesperson by the day.
How much does it cost to maintain decking?
Decking timber, particularly if it’s made from softwood, needs to be treated regularly to prolong its lifespan. However, the annual maintenance costs are relatively low. If you plan to treat the wood once a year, you can expect to pay between £15 and £20 for a 2.5l tin of decking oil, which usually covers an area of about 20 square meters.