Adding decking to a home provides wonderful outside space that’s ideal for anything from lounging in the sun to enjoying a barbeque and drinks with friends. Of course, there are plenty of choices you need to make, and one of the most important is whether to go for grooved or smooth decking.
There are strong arguments on both sides, but here are just three reasons why you might want to go grooved.
- Grooved Decking Improves Safety
Grooved decking has lines cut right into the timber, creating a textured surface. The main safety benefit is increased grip – it’s a lot harder to slip on a grooved surface than a smooth one, especially after heavy rain or snow. Grooved decking is also very good at indicating changes of level or upcoming doorways, which makes trips less likely. You can even fit steps and ramps more easily because grip strips can be effortlessly inserted into grooved decking.
- Grooved Decking Aids Water Runoff
Decking provides the perfect outdoor space to enjoy the sun, but there’s no denying that British gardens also get more than their fair share of rain. This can be a problem when you’re dealing with smooth decking because water pools more easily. Grooved boards aid water runoff, and the top sections will dry a lot quicker.
- Grooved Decking Covers Minor Wear
Timber decking is very tough. As long as it is installed properly, you should count on yours lasting for years without showing any need for work. However, your decking is still going to pick up the odd blemish. Maybe someone’s high heels or the fall of a heavy item will create a small dent. Plenty can happen, and, though serious damage is very unlikely, you’ll still want to avoid any visible marks. Because grooved decking breaks up the wood, small flaws are far harder to spot.