How to Choose between Hardwood and Softwood Decking

How to Choose between Hardwood and Softwood Decking


Making the decision that you want a deck in your garden is the easy part, deciding on the finer details is often far more difficult. This is because nowadays, we have so much choice when it comes to which wood we go for, as they all offer differing qualities. Whether you are making you choice based on price, durability, longevity, or a mixture of the three, we have put together some handy tips to help you decide between hardwood and softwood decking. Where does it come from? Hardwood and softwood decking both come from different types of tree. Softwood comes from coniferous trees, which are faster growing and therefore more economical. All of our softwood decking is sourced from Europe mainly, meaning that it is easier to ship to the UK. Every tree that is cut down to be used for its wood is replaced, ensuring that we do not inflict deforestation on ourselves. Hardwood decking on the other hand is sourced from slow growing trees, as this makes the wood harder. Due to the slow growth habit of the trees, hardwood decking tends to be more expensive than its softer counterpart. Hardwood decking tends to be sourced from rainforest areas, however this shouldn’t be a concern to buyers. Much like softwood, hardwood timbers tend to be replanted to ensure continuity. Which is better? When it comes to making a choice between hardwood and softwood decking, the first question we are often asked is, which option is better? The truth is, neither one is better or worse than the other, they are just different. Hardwood and softwood decking offer different finishes to a deck, and require different methods to install them correctly. Here at the London Decking Company, we can talk you through which option is right for you and your garden. How do I clean it? Keeping you hardwood and softwood decking clean is important if you want it to maintain its brand new feel. Both types of wood require different levels of care to keep them looking fresh, with hardwood being surprisingly far lower maintenance. To clean your hardwood decking, you simply need to keep it swept clear of dirt, as well as remembering to wash it with warm soapy water once or twice a year. You do not need to apply any sealants or stains, as hardwood is naturally water repellant and has a stunning, warm glow. Softwood decking on the other hand requires staining or sealing once a year, using a generic softwood decking sealer. This keeps it water repellant, ensuring that your decking doesn’t attract mold or rot. It is also a good idea to wash it and keep it swept clear for aesthetic purposes. If you would like to talk to a member of our specialist team about your decking options, then do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 020 8200 0882 to book an appointment with us today.

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