What’s the reality?
Even though it’s been around for years, sadly the reality is that soft-wood or hard-wood decking requires a high level of maintenance and is especially bad in shaded areas (especially near trees and large shrubs). You’ll end up with an ice rink over winter and need to remove an excess of bio-material come spring before you can safely use your wood decking to entertain. Softwood typically only lasts 8-10 years at a stretch so you’ll be replacing it after that.
We recommend composite decking. This is virtually maintenance-free. It does not rot, split, crack or warp, or fade like wood.