Does decking add value to your home?

timber decking

One of the biggest questions that our customers ask is if timber decking adds value to your home. To keep things short, the answer is often yes. However, we appreciate that it’s a bit more complicated than that! So, we’ve explored the answer to this question in a little more detail below, providing you with all you need to know when thinking about adding decking to increase your homes’ value.

Adds outdoor appeal

One of the biggest reasons why you should have garden decking is that it adds to the appeal of the garden. When you live in many cities around the UK, garden space is often limited. Because of this, the addition of quality decking adds up to 10% of value to a home as it improves the buyers’ perception of how much living space there is in that property.

What’s more, by adding wooden decking, you can reach up to 82% of the return of investment, perfect for those wanting to up the value. Outdoor decking is highly versatile and can be used anywhere in the garden, from being used around pools and ponds, to under arches and pergolas.

How the type of decking material affects the value

Decking adds a quality natural appeal, as it blends in with the rest of the garden. However, depending on the type of material you use will affect how much value it will add. Let’s take a look at a few different types of decking material here so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Wood decking

Wood decking looks great in any garden. It is lower cost than many other materials and can offer great value when selling a home.

However, there are some disadvantages that come with this type of decking material. The main one is that it takes a lot of time to upkeep and maintain the quality of this material, more so than others. It also has a much shorter lifespan, so you need to keep this in mind if you will not be selling your home for a while.

Composite decking

Composite decking is a material made up of a mixture of wood, fibre, and plastic. This looks great in any garden and is much longer-lasting than wood decking. As well as this, composite decking is extremely durable and offers a great long-lasting option for improving the look of an outside area. Some types can even last for over 25 years!

However, composite decking requires more investment than timber decking, so you may see a lower return on its investment.

Positioning the decking

After deciding what decking you will have, you now need to think about where to place it. This bit will need particular consideration, as the position of the decking can massively increase the value of your home. Laying it in a place that adequately gets sun exposure, or in an area that takes advantage of the space the best will contribute to the amount of value added.

Consider adding furniture

A way to increase the value of your home, even more, is to add furniture to your decking. This will be perfect when potential homebuyers have a tour of your home and see the finished project outside. Great examples of furniture for decking include tables and chairs, cushions, umbrellas and outside lighting. The addition of furniture provides more character to a garden, which can make it look more homely, increasing the value in the process.

Weigh up the quality

This is an important step, but one that some people occasionally skip – leading to regrets later down the line. Before going ahead with decking, first, check to make sure that you trust the supplier, and that the boards are of high enough quality to ensure you get the best type to improve the look of your garden. (That is, of course, where we come in here at Savoy Timber.)

Whether you’re looking for quality wood decking or composite decking we can help. At Savoy Timber, we have a large variety of decking choices available for you to choose from to get your outdoor area looking great, increasing its value.

Why not check out our website to see if there’s anything in our selection that interests you? Alternatively, you can visit our DIY stores in Wigan, Preston and Blackpool to see what the decking looks like in person.

Call us on 0345 0268 799 and we will be happy to answer any questions and give outdoor decking advice when needed.