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When you have dreamt of timber decking for your outdoor space, spent weeks choosing the perfect timber species for the job, and it is finally installed, you might start to wonder just how long your deck is going to last. Fortunately, that is not a problem which you are going to have to worry about for a fair few years! Here is everything you need to know.

How Long Does Timber Decking Last?

The lifespan of timber decking can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the type of wood used, the quality of construction and how well you look after it. We will take a look at some of these factors in closer detail next. In general, though, you can expect a high-quality timber deck to last between 10 and 20 years with the right care, and some can stick around for even longer.

What Affects How Long Timber Decking Lasts?

So, 10-20 years is what you should generally expect from your timber decking. But what factors can come into play either to shorten or extend the lifespan of your timber? Let’s take a look.

Timber Species

Different types of timber will have varying levels of durability. Tropical hardwoods such as Ipe, Cumaru and Jatoba will last longer than softwoods such as Cedar, Redwood and Larch. Exotic hardwoods often have the longest lifespan because of their natural resistance to decay and insects.

If you are worried about choosing the right timber species for your decking, get in touch with our experts at EcoChoice and we will be more than happy to lend a hand.

Quality of Construction

Proper construction techniques, including the use of stainless steel or corrosion-resistant fasteners, proper spacing between timber boards, and adequate support structures can all help your decking last longer. In other words, it pays to choose the right construction team!

Environmental Factors

Climate plays a huge role in the longevity of timber decking. If your deck is exposed to harsh weather, including intense sun, heavy rain, snow or high humidity, then you might not see it last as long. Luckily, though, protective treatments can help to extend the life of your timber.

Maintenance and Care

As mentioned above, treatments and TLC can go a long way to extending the lifespan of your timber decking! Gentle cleaning, staining and repairs are all recommended. Be sure to read up on timber decking maintenance to find out everything you need to know.

Wear and Tear

Wear and tear of your decking is bound to happen. The more you use your deck, the more likely it is to see damage which, though not necessarily a sign it is near the end of its life, will require more care. Be sure to adjust your maintenance to your usage.

Find High-Quality Timber at EcoChoice

There are a lot of factors which can affect how long your timber decking will last, but none are quite as impactful as choosing the right timber! You need a species which is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand a lot of footfall without a hitch. For help choosing your perfect species, get in touch with our sustainable timber experts at EcoChoice. When it comes to your decking, we are always happy to help!

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