It’s well documented that the pandemic saw record breaking numbers of people investing in their homes and gardens, but what it also taught us was how to make the most of what space is available to us – even if that space is quite modest.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that garden renovation projects are a luxury reserved for those with larger properties, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Decking projects for example, can transform a garden, and thanks to the rise in popularity of decking tiles, can be easily installed, moved or removed, unlike traditional boards.
Why decking tiles are more suitable for smaller gardens
Unlike normal decking planks, composite decking tiles interlock quickly and easily without the use of screws, nails or bonds. A base frame is not required either, so there’s no need for DIY skills, but beyond this, it also means they can be easily and quickly removed, which opens up possibilities for renters, as well as those with small gardens.
Decking tiles are typically a lot smaller, so are well suited to small gardens or for catering to awkward shapes. The speed of installation also justifies their use for these smaller projects. A restricted decking area that requires hours of installation, planning, and the involvement of third parties to assemble may start to feel like it merits the time and effort, but the ability to create instant decking, can make those smaller projects feel worthwhile.
If you’re planning your forever home, you may be happy to make a considerable investment, however, if you’re renting, or planning to move properties in the future, it’s understandable you’d want to keep costs to a minimum, and tiles don’t require expensive substructures of professional landscaping.
Because decking tiles can be laid on top of any area that’s flat and level, they’re also a good way to cover unsightly areas.
Working with what’s in your garden
The lightweight and easy installation properties of decking tiles allow you to be flexible in the areas you’re covering, whether you plan to deck around a water feature for example, or replace an existing patio. Because they can be added to any existing firm and flat surface, they work well for so many different applications, and can be used immediately, so no need to wait before adding your furniture, plants or accessories onto your deck.
They’re even useful for gardens with outbuildings and extensions. With more people working from home, garden rooms have become increasingly popular, with many using these as home offices. Decking tiles can be a great addition to a garden room installation, even for a small area, and by experimenting with different tones, these tiles can be used to create zoning, which is ideal if you’re looking for that work / life divide. Trying out different colours and patterns with your garden office decking can also create the illusion of more space.
It’s easy to see why decking tiles are a more suitable choice for those with smaller gardens, clicking together effortlessly to create an instant transformation that allows you the look and feel of traditional decking but without the maintenance and installation hassle.
Lee Cavalier is Decking Product Manager at Dura Composites, an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of composite decking tiles and boards.