New survey finds 1 in 4 households in the UK are now choosing decking and other low maintenance alternatives over grass

By Stuart Burns September 8, 2015

lawnsA new survey released today has found that 1 in 4 UK homes no longer has grass in the garden as owners plump for low-maintenance alternatives that allow them to enjoy their outdoor space in all weathers.

The survey found that the most popular alternative to grass areas is decking, with 57% of Britons citing it as their preferred choice, alongside patio space (55%), sheds (52%) and other garden rooms or summer houses (20%).

Lack of time to maintain a lawn was the main reason given by survey respondents for not having one, which is why it’s no surprise that the use of hassle-free wood plastic composite (WPC) decking such as Dura Deck has seen such a phenomenal growth in popularity in recent years.

Attractive and versatile, Dura Deck from Dura Composites combines the traditional appearance of timber with the durability of an engineered composite. Made from up to 87% recycled material, it is 100% FSC® Certified and requires no staining or painting making it the perfect low-maintenance garden alternative.

Dura Deck is easy to install and is available in 4 stunning colours with a 10 year warranty and 25 year service life, making it extremely cost effective. Dura Deck also offers simple sub surface fixing so is barefoot friendly and will survive the harshest or climates without warping or rotting.

If you’re thinking of incorporating a low-maintenance decking area into your garden, it’s easy to work out how much a new your new decking is likely to cost with Dura Composites’ free online decking calculator.

Simply choose which type of Dura Deck you’re interested in, and then enter the approximate length and width of the areas you wish to cover, not forgetting to allow for a percentage of wastage. Our handy tool will calculate everything you need to complete your project – from gap fixings to decking screws and trims and end caps

For the perfect eco and wildlife-friendly garden design, we recommend that Dura Deck should be installed alongside plenty of complementary low-maintenance hedge varieties and potted plants which will provide a vital haven for birds, bees, butterflies and other important fauna.

For more information about the survey results click here