Posted: 19/06/2012 at 11:01
I reckon that the idea of timber decking was more or less force-fed to us a few years back via one of those TV "make-over" programmes. Having seen quite a number of gardens where this has been installed, I've come to the conclusion that - on the whole - it's not a good thing to have.
It might work better in countries where the weather's better/drier, but here in the NW it can get so slippery in wintertime/wet weather as to be positively dangerous! If it's not installed properly (i.e. with gaps to allow for expansion) it tends to move a bit, and if you do have the necessary gaps, these allow for all sorts of stuff to fall through them - "lost" jewellery was one example I heard about. I'm sure it needs far more maintenance than you'd think - and I wonder whether it'd last long anyway. It does provide shelter for some of the unwanted garden visitors too - and although here in the UK we'd not get a possum living underneath (as was the case in my D's garden - she lives in the USA) I bet the rats love it. So - not for me, under any circumstances!