Decking alternatives: 7 options to use instead of wood

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Decking alternatives are available if you're creating an outdoor space (Image credit: Getty Images)

Decking alternatives give you a different option to wood - usually the most popular choice when it comes to garden decking ideas. But, if you’ve got an outdoor area you want to transform into a cosy seating spot you don’t just have to choose wood. There are a whole host of stand-ins that will give you a long lasting and attractive finish.

However, as a quality hardwood or composite decking are the best options when it comes to decking, these can be expensive. The good news is if you are on a budget there are some great substitutes to create a desirable outdoor space. 

Decking alternatives don't have to break the bank

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.