I have been asked by my sister on the thoughts of replacing a decking area or replacing with a patio and I have no experience of decking work. There are tenants in her house who have rightly raised concerns about the rotting timber decking so it is down to her to repair/replace, its been down atleast 15 years, in originally what was a small new build garden in North of Bristol that tends to be hemmed in by the fencing and often shady and damp in the fence line shadow. To be honest the garden is probaly no larger than 10m x 3m in total and the exisiting decked area in need of repair approx 3m x 3m
I had told her maybe not to directly replace with wooden decking but to find a tradesperson or via the agent a tradesperson who could install composite decking, she had been told about Dino Decking has anyone used this or a better alternative, I know Sydenhams etc supply some? https://www.dinodecking.co.uk/products/composite-decking-ash-4m/
Without my knowledge of decking and installing a decent frame for the base, how does the process time and cost wise (i know there are probaly many variables) compare from start to finish versus simply digging out and laying a patio slab area instead once the old decking and base removed? Anyone who does each are you able to share any insight? If there are members north of Bristol (Bradley Stoke) who I can pass contact details on to quote etc then let me know
I had been swaying her to go down the mid-range patio slab route instead for ease of the maintenance in the future, obviously the cost involved in each method is in the back of her mind. I suppose with a composite decking area there is little to do once laid and lasts forever?
Many Thanks, Jon