Which One is Perfect for your Garden?
They’re both firm favourites with buyers, but does wood or porcelain stand up to the demands of a busy family home?
When it comes to decking, wood has often been the preferred option for homeowners. Well, that’s no longer the case, as many people are now opting for porcelain. However, they’re incredibly different materials and both offer unique benefits. The sheer amount of choice on offer can result in a bit of a headache for you when you are deciding which one you should install in your outdoor space, but thankfully, here you can see how they compare when it comes to things like durability, maintenance and style. Discover how to make the best possible choice for your home, and enjoy your deck for years to come.
Stains and scuffs
A deck needs to stand up to plenty of use, and is automatically susceptible to stains or marks. This is where porcelain tiles immediately set themselves apart from wooden decking. Porcelain deck boards do not stain thanks to their incredibly hard surface. As this surface of a tile is impenetrable, it doesn’t absorb moisture. Whether you’re hosting a big party or just tending to some potted plants, you can be sure that any spillages or marks can just be washed away quickly and easily. Although wood is hard wearing, it’s naturally porous and will show signs of wear. You can also move furniture without fear of scuffing or scratching your porcelain tiles either, as they’re naturally resistant to this kind of movement too.
Both wood and porcelain are naturally strong materials. This makes them ideal for a deck, as they’ll be able to withstand plenty of footfall, furniture and anything else you can throw at them! However, the way that porcelain deck boards are laid, supported by an aluminium frame, makes them incredibly strong. Combined with their natural hard wearing characteristics, this gives porcelain boards the edge over wood, especially if you’re looking for a deck that will stand up to years of use.
A big consideration when choosing your decking material is its weather resistance. A deck is going to have to stand up to the elements all year round. Wood needs careful treating and maintenance to keep it in good condition, whereas porcelain is naturally weather resistant. Additionally, wood expands and contracts as the temperature changes, which over time can alter the structural integrity of a deck. Porcelain doesn’t alter in this way and you’ll need to replace it as quickly as you would wood.
Last but not least is, of course, the style offered by each material. There’s no doubt that a wooden deck is attractive, and it’s long been a traditional favourite amongst homeowners. Porcelain will make for a much more striking, modern deck though. Porcelain tiles are available in so many different finishes, colours, and sizes that it’s a real breeze to create a deck that’s perfect for you and your garden.
A deck that’s perfect for you
When you compare the two materials side by side, it’s clear that porcelain is a clear favourite. Strong, stylish and super low maintenance, it’s able to stand up to plenty of use and can fit in with a variety of outdoor design schemes. So why not break with tradition and opt for porcelain rather than wood decking in your garden?
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