Garden trends are forever evolving. As garden furniture is unpacked and dispatched, lawns wither away and artificial turf is unfurled the value of garden decking, in it's many guises, endures.
Decking remains a popular garden fixture for home owners as a practical, low maintenance, high ROI solution. Our clients know that for a relatively modest investment the look and expanse of their garden can be transformed as their homes value is underlined.
The Cost v. Value Report Of 2016
Remodeling Magazines annual consumer report reaffirms this view. The survey of real estate professionals, dubbed the Cost. v. Value report, compares the ROI on a range of popular home improvement projects.
This years report featured both wooden and composite decking besting home investments including entry door replacements, family room additions and kitchen remodeling. As an aside, this years leading investment was loft insulation. You can read the full report here.
Wood v. Composite Decking
So often vying for the affections of our clients, the study saw wooden and composite optons competing in this cost analysis league table. According to the survey composite decking recouped a 64.5% of costs, while a wooden addition offered 75.5% return on investment.
It should be noted this was a US consumer study. However parallels can be drawn with comparable markets including the UK. When discussing the benefits of decking and garden design Jan Hytch, president of the National Association of Estate Agents noted:
"If a garden is well kept and designed, it's a real plus. It makes the property stand out and people would probably pay more for a really well-designed garden. It might add from 5 to 10% on the price of a house."
Of course, ROI and marketability are just a few of the reasons consumers opt for decking. Others are concerned with quality of life and hosting a beautiful garden. And when your garden is the envy of your neighbours why would you want to sell up anyway?
The myriad of decking options, be they composite or eco-friendly, will continue to sprawl across the market place. Whether you're based in Oxford or Witney, the standing of garden decking for it's formidable ROI is expected to abide for years to come.