Venturing out on to your garden decking at this time of year can be treacherous, depending on the boards you have. The damp conditions have a tendancy to turn them in an ice rink if you don’t regularly sweep and clean them.
Thankfully, it’s not a problem my customers have, as I use a locally-sourced timber which looks fantastic, is sturdy and hard-wearing, and due to the finish of the wood, does not get slippery in the wet.
The photos show a project we completed this summer at the Oddfellows pub in Shifnal, Shropshire.
The landlord wanted to extend the outside seating area. This was obviously going to be a heavily-used area, and needed to be a surface children could play on too.
The wood I opted for was Western Red Cedar, which is grown in Herefordshire, and processed at a saw mill in Bridgnorth, so it has remarkably few miles to travel, which is great for its green credentials.
The reason it does not get slippy is due to the rough finish I asked the saw mill to give the boards. The wood has a really tight grain, which means it doesn’t splinter, so is still great for youngsters to play on.
It’s pressure treated, to ensure a longer life, robust, durable, and produced locally – I have been using this timber for the last five or six years and am delighted with it, as are my customers.
And as you can see from the finished job in Shifnal, it looks great.