We all know what the British weather’s like – we get long winters with a short window of summer. So, it’s no surprise that once the sun comes out for the summer months, customers want to make the most of it by giving their gardens a revamp. From outdoor living spaces to more luxurious additions like hot tubs, gardens across the country will be in need of a fresh look, which means your diary could be busier than ever this year.
One of the most popular additions to a garden is decking, which can be installed in most spaces and is a perfect way to make the most of the space available. So, what are the key trends affecting the choice of decking for your customers? Grono, the experts in all things decking, are here with their top picks to keep an eye on.
The benefits of composite
Traditional wooden decking is efficient, affordable, does the job well and offers that natural look, but there are some downsides. For instance, it can rot easily and discolour over time, meaning it needs to be replaced or repaired more regularly. Composite decking tackles these issues head on! To make sure you can make the most of selling and installing composite decking for your customers, here are some of its benefits in more detail.
1. Ready for all weather
For a start, composite decking requires less maintenance than traditional decking. Forget the hours spent painting, staining and treating, composite decking comes ready to go and will last for years to come – great news for your customers! It will also withstand all weather, so no rotting or decay that can leave unsafe, slippery surfaces. Composite decking just requires a regular clean and it’s as good as new for as long as you need it.
But, decking isn’t just used in the traditional sense. One investment your customers may be looking to make is the addition of a hot tub. Hot tubs have really gained popularity in recent years and are becoming more common feature in gardens – even more so now many of us may be holidaying at home this summer. They can often be found near some form of decking, which, given the increased amount of water, can rot very quickly and become pretty treacherous. So, to provide a long-lasting structure, composite decking should be your product of choice.
The composite decking range at Grono is water-resistant, meaning it doesn’t absorb any moisture and makes the decking highly durable. The composite decking is also anti-slip, which is essential if it’s installed next to a hot tub.
Go back a few years, and your customers most likely wouldn’t think much about their environmental footprint. But these days, this is really important to lots of people, especially when it comes to natural materials such as timber. Due to the durability of composite decking, materials won’t need to be replaced as often, so will suit your more environmentally focused customers.
3. Colour is key
You will have noticed that customers love a grey colour scheme, with the likes of anthracite grey being the go-to choice for paint, kitchen units and furnishings at the moment. But, now homeowners are paying more interest in creating livable outdoor spaces, colour schemes are just as important outdoors too. Having similar colour palettes both indoors and outside can really tie everything together.
Rather than having to manually paint areas, composite decking comes in a wide range of colour options. The new Gronodual composite decking by Grono offers just this, including charcoal and light grey. This can be reflected on other features, as their fencing is also available in matching charcoal, and comes with the same benefits of their decking, including high durability and weather-resistance.
4. Getting the job done quickly
With customers wanting to spend more time outdoors in summer months, they’re looking for a quick turnaround on landscaping jobs so they can make the most of the sunshine. With that in mind, you should pick a decking solution that’s quick and easy to install, like composite decking. These boards come with handy and easy-to-use clips and screws.
Like the sound of Grono’s decking? You’ll be happy to hear that they have a whole range of composite products, including fencing and cladding. Head to the Grono website or visit your local Jewson branch to find out more.