Decking became popular in the Nineties, especially with the grooved decking boards that came to see everywhere. It can be a more cost-effective option instead of paving and is particularly useful in overcoming issues with varying levels.
The variety of wood has increased over the years as has the durability. Softwood timber, which is used for softwood decking, comes from faster growing evergreen or coniferous trees. This is a cheaper option than hardwood decking which is sourced from slow growing hardwood trees (often referred to as broadleaved trees). Commonly used hardwoods for decking are ipe, teak, iroko and cumaru.