When it comes to transforming your garden into an extension of your living space, decking and paving are the two most popular choices. Both offer distinct advantages, so the ideal option depends on your specific needs and preferences.

Factors to Consider

Cost: Decking can be more expensive than paving, especially if you choose high-quality, durable materials. Installation costs also vary depending on whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. However, decking requires less maintenance over time, potentially offsetting the initial cost. Paving is generally cheaper upfront and requires minimal maintenance.

Durability: Wooden decking can withstand weight like BBQs and furniture, but harsh weather conditions can affect its lifespan. Opting for weather-resistant materials or composite decking increases durability but raises the cost. Paving, on the other hand, is extremely durable and thrives in the British climate. It can handle heavy furniture and extreme weather without any problems.

Style: Decking offers a natural aesthetic and comes in various styles and wood types. You can choose low-level decking on your patio or create a raised platform further into the garden. Recycled materials and composite decking provide stylish alternatives with a modern look. Paving offers a vast array of options in materials like sandstone, limestone, porcelain, and slate. The choice allows you to create a look that complements your garden and home exterior.

The Verdict: Decking or Paving?

There’s no single “best” option. Here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide:

Choose decking if: You prioritise a natural aesthetic, desire a raised platform, and are willing to invest in initial costs and some maintenance.

Choose paving if: Durability and low maintenance are your top priorities, you want a weather-resistant surface, and affordability is a major concern.

Stonecraft Landscapes: Your Garden Design Experts
Whether you decide on decking or paving, Stonecraft Landscapes can help you bring your vision to life. With 18 years of experience, our skilled team offers exceptional service and top-quality materials.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s create your dream garden living area!