Do you dream of transforming your backyard into a stunning outdoor oasis? For many years, M&C Paving Northeast has made dreams a reality for homeowners across Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the North East.

We specialise in crafting beautiful and functional outdoor spaces, using top-quality materials and meticulous attention to detail. 

Imagine balmy summer evenings entertaining friends and family on a spacious patio connecting to a welcoming deck area. Decking adds another dimension to your outdoor space, creating a perfect platform for relaxation, grilling, or simply enjoying the fresh air. This blog will explore decking options, helping you find the ideal material to complete your outdoor haven.

How Do You Choose the Best Decking Material?

Choosing the perfect decking material isn’t a one-size-fits-all decision. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Durability and Maintenance:  Imagine how much time you’re willing to invest in upkeep. Pressure-treated wood demands regular staining, while composite requires minimal maintenance. Consider your climate as well – some materials handle harsh winters or wet seasons better than others.
  • Budget: Decking materials range in price. Pressure-treated wood is the most affordable, while composite decking is premium. M&C Paving Northeast can help you navigate these considerations during a free consultation. We’ll discuss your budget and desired level of maintenance to recommend the most suitable options for your needs.
  • Aesthetics:  Do you envision a classic wood look or a modern, low-maintenance design? Consider the colour palette and overall style of your home and existing outdoor space. M&C Paving Northeast can showcase a variety of decking materials and styles to help you find the perfect match for your vision.

Once you’ve considered these factors, research specific brands and materials to find the best fit for your needs. Consulting with a professional like M&C Paving Northeast can be very helpful. They can guide you through the selection process, considering your budget, desired aesthetics, and the climate in your area.

Here’s a breakdown and a more thorough description of some popular options:

  • Pressure-treated wood:  A classic and budget-friendly choice, pressure-treated wood offers a natural aesthetic that complements any landscaping. It’s readily available and relatively easy to install yourself. However, pressure-treated wood requires regular maintenance, including staining and sealing every few years to prevent weathering and decay.
  • Composite decking:  If you’re looking for a low-maintenance option, composite decking is a great choice. Made from wood fibres and recycled plastic, composite decking offers superior durability and resistance to rot, moisture, and insects. It comes in a wide variety of colours and styles that can mimic the look of natural wood without the constant upkeep.
  • Other Options: While pressure-treated wood and composite are the most popular choices, there are other decking materials to consider:
    • Cedar: Naturally rot-resistant and known for its beautiful reddish hue, cedar offers a high-end feel but can be more expensive than other options.
    • Vinyl: A very low-maintenance option, vinyl decking is known for its affordability and durability. However, it may not offer the same aesthetic appeal as wood and can get hot in direct sunlight.

Unveiling Your Backyard Oasis: Decks vs. Patios

Have you ever looked at a beautiful outdoor space and wondered, “Is that a deck or a patio?” You’re not alone!  While both decks and patios offer fantastic ways to expand your living space and enjoy the outdoors, they have some key differences in construction and function. M&C Paving Northeast can help you navigate this decision and create your dream outdoor haven.

Patios: Grounded Gathering Spaces

Imagine stepping out your back door directly onto a charming, ground-level extension of your living space. That’s the beauty of a patio. Typically constructed from concrete, pavers, or stone, patios offer a seamless connection to your home. They require minimal elevation, often just a step or two up from the ground floor, making them easily accessible for everyone.

Here are some key benefits of patios:

  • Affordability: Patios are generally less expensive to install than decks due to simpler construction and materials.
  • Low Maintenance: Enjoy your patio year-round with minimal upkeep. Regular cleaning and occasional resealing (depending on the material) are all it takes.
  • Design Flexibility: Unleash your creativity! Patios come in various shapes and sizes, allowing you to integrate them seamlessly with your landscaping features and create a unique outdoor living area.

Decks: Elevated Outdoor Rooms

For a more distinct outdoor space, decks offer a raised platform experience. Constructed from wood or composite materials, decks are typically accessed by stairs from your house. This elevation can provide stunning views of your backyard or surrounding landscape, especially if built on uneven terrain. Decks can also incorporate exciting features like built-in seating, planters, or pergolas, transforming them into multi-functional outdoor rooms.

Here are some reasons to consider a deck:

  • Scenic Vistas: Enjoy breathtaking views and create a designated outdoor living area perfect for relaxation or entertaining.
  • Versatility: Decks can be customised to fit your vision. Imagine incorporating planters, seating, or even a pergola to create a truly unique space.
  • Potential for Additional Features: Expand the functionality of your deck with built-in features that enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors.

M&C Paving Northeast: Your Partner in Outdoor Design

Choosing the perfect decking material involves considering factors like durability, maintenance, budget, and aesthetics. M&C Paving Northeast can guide you through this process, helping you find the ideal option that complements your existing outdoor space and lifestyle.  

This approach positions M&C Paving Northeast as a company that can handle an outdoor project’s hardscaping (paving) and softscaping (decking and landscaping). It showcases our expertise in creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces while focusing on decking options.

With our extensive experience in decking materials and landscaping services, we can transform your backyard into a cohesive and visually stunning outdoor oasis you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Call us today for your queries and consultation. Our customer service representatives are more than happy to address your concerns.