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When choosing decking, you have a lot of decisions to make. From the species of timber you choose to the colour of stain you finish it with, the aesthetics of your decking really are in your hands! But with so many little details it can be easy to forget the more basic decisions you have to make, including the height of your decking. To lend you a hand, our experts at EcoChoice have put together the pros and cons of different options so that you can make the right decision for your space. 

Ground-Level Decking

Ground-level timber decking is built (as the name suggests) at ground level. They may finish with a slight difference between the top of the deck and the actual ground level, but there is not much difference. In other words, you are not going to need a step!

Ground-level decks tend to be cheaper to build as they are pretty straightforward when compared to other options. They are ideal for seating areas which you want to blend into the rest of the garden, providing a more cohesive set up in your outdoor space. They also have better accessibility for people of all physical abilities, making them a versatile choice.

However, you do have to be aware that more landscaping can be needed before you construct the timber decking. They also do not create the same zoning in your garden, which can be a downfall if you want a clear seating area (with a view!).

Raised Decking

Raised timber decking is built higher off the garden floor than ground-level decking. Usually, it is built as an extension to the home, with the main level extending from the entrance of the house and steps leading down to the ground. 

The idea is to create better flow between the exterior and interior, as well as a seating/dining area with views across the garden. In some homes, the living room doors open up onto the decking for a space which feels like one large area. If you have uneven ground, this is a great way to level it as well.

Be aware that raised timber decks do tend to be more costly, though they also have a higher resale value. You may also need a building permit to create your raised decking, so do check about that before you get cracking.

Rooftop Decking

Timber rooftop decking is another ballgame entirely. A rooftop deck is quite self-explanatory – it is decking installed on your rooftop. But what benefits does that bring?

Rooftop decking can quickly transform a tired rooftop into a usable outdoor space in which it is pleasant to relax. It is easier to add to a rooftop than grass, and you will be in for some cracking views. It is also an impressive feature in a property and is likely to add a fair bit of value to your home!

Just be sure to have your structure properly inspected before building on the roof, and check out building restrictions in your area. It is a complex type of decking to install, too, so be prepared to pay a bit of money for an expert.

Find Your Dream Decking at EcoChoice 

Whatever type of decking you seek, our team at EcoChoice can help. With a wide range of FSC-certified timber species and decades of expertise, we will be able to answer any questions you have and advise you on the best way to approach your build. Get in touch and let’s start chatting about your decking.

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