Garden Decking: Modern Patio & Decking Ideas

Whether it’s real timber, porcelain or composite, find here a collection of smart garden decking solutions that’ll bring character and functionality to your home’s outdoor area
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
3rd September 2023

Fitting garden decking is a great way to help maximise your outdoor space, creating a safe, level zone that can be used for outdoor seating, barbecue zones, sheltered bar setups and plenty more.

Whether you’re upgrading your garden as a part of a summer project, or completing your self build’s landscaping design, garden decking will be a prime addition as it’s durable, easy to look after and can be specified in a whole range of colours, designs and textures to suit your preferences. From charming timber to non-slip composite decking, or even porcelain tiles – the options are aplenty.

Modern garden decking solutions also tend to be fairly easy to install at home – without needing to call in a specialist. Many feature clip fixings for an easy DIY job.

You can usually install a garden deck under permitted development rights, but you’ll need to submit an application if your plans involve building a deck that’s over 30m above ground level. Any garden decking plans that’ll likely cover more than 50% of your garden will require planning permission, too.

Take a look at our collection of modern decking ideas to inspire your garden upgrade.

Make a Statement with Your Garden Decking

B&Q’s GoodHome Lempa Brown clippable garden decking tiles feature an appealing basketweave pattern that’s perfect for making a subtle statement in your garden.

Make a Statement with Your garden Decking

The durable acacia wood has a natural golden hue and is resistant to moisture, fungi and insects, but you should apply a protective covering to help it last. £33.33 per m².

Strong & Versatile Garden Decking

Dura Composites’ Dura Deck Inspire range pairs the charming look of timber with a water-resistant porcelain surface.

Strong & Versatile Garden Decking

These stylish planks have a 60-year life expectancy, an A1 fire rating and can withstand extremely heavy loads without losing their shape. From £123.24 per m².

Read More: Your Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build a Garden Deck 

Specify Wood-Effect Garden Decking

Wood-effect porcelain garden decking is a great choice for high-traffic outdoor areas. These versatile, grey-toned garden tiles from Porcelain Superstore feature a classic wood pattern and will last without warping or fading.

Specify Wood Effect Garden Decking

They can be laid over gravel, concrete or sand and feature a slip-safe surface. £44 per m².

Create a Modern Patio Design

Trekker’s Grooved composite garden decking has a slim profile and is easy to install across a range of applications using clip fixings.

Create a Modern Patio Design

The cool-toned planks are ideal for creating a practical, durable and contemporary outdoor area, with the grooved texture helping to prevent a slippy surface. £65.95 per m².

Opt for a Durable Garden Decking Solution

James Latham Ltd supplied the uncoated Accoya wood garden decking for this landscaping project.

Opt for a Durable Garden Decking Solution

Accoya is manufactured from sustainably-sourced softwood and is chemically modified to ensure it can withstand rotting, shrinkage and water damage without sealing. Prices for Accoya decking start from £85 per m² + VAT.

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Choose Sustainable Decking Materials

Comprised of 95% recycled wood fibres and plastic, Trex’s composite boards are perfect for those after a high-performance and sustainable decking solution.

Choose Sustainable Decking Materials

The company’s Enhance Naturals collection is available in a selection of shades to create a bespoke outdoor area that suits your preferences. Choose from a grooved or square edge, with optional fascia boards. From £82 per m² + VAT.

Porcelain Patio Solution

Tile Mountain’s Nebraska oak outdoor tiles are a modern, low-maintenance garden flooring solution.

Porcelain Patio Solution

The non-slip, 20mm porcelain tiles have a sleek timber appearance with a variegated wood pattern for character and rectified edges for clean grout lines. £49.95 per m².

Modified Timber Garden Decking

Kebony boards are created by enhancing the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. This process increases durability and strength.

Modified Timber Garden Decking

This solution is suitable for a range of applications, including outdoor decking, cladding and roofing.

Golden-Toned Garden Decking

These yellow Balau decking boards from Timber Focus are made from Bangkirai wood – one of the most popular hardwood decking options. The dual-sided system is grooved on one side and reeded on the other.

Golden Tone Garden Decking

It can be stained and oiled easily and is suitable for all types of decking, including around pools and on balconies.

Composite Wood Garden Decking

The Heritage range from Ecodek is made from wood polymer composite, which offers a real grain appearance with a low-maintenance and slip resistant profile.

Composite Wood Garden Decking

Products are made from 95% recycled and sustainably sourced materials.

This article has was originally published in 2021 and has been updated in September 2023. Additional content by Sander Tel

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