What is the Best Wood For Decking? We Ask the Experts

new decking installed next to a lawn
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The question of which is the best wood for decking may well be on your mind if you have been dreaming of a fabulous new garden seating area. The good news for you is that we have spoken to various experts in the field to get just the answers you'll need.

While decking ideas can encompass lots of styles, materials and designs, not all are suitable for every application. For your new deck to have a long life and provide you with all the al fresco enjoyment you want, you need to choose a product made from a material that is durable and easy-to-maintain, as well as being easy on the eye. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.