How long does decking last and how can you prolong its life?

raised deck with chairs and coffee table
(Image credit: JYSK)

Exactly how long does decking last? Are some materials better suited to being used for decking than others? How can you stretch the life of your decking? We have the answers to all these questions and more. 

Your decking ideas will form a large part of not only how your garden looks, but can also completely transform how you use it. With the right treatment, a deck can provide an al fresco dining spot, a relaxing retreat to watch the sun set or somewhere that can extend your indoor living spaces when the weather allows. However, being constantly exposed to the elements means that the materials you choose to build your decking from need to be capable of withstanding everything the UK climate throws its way.

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.