Q for those with decking

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honeybunch Posts: 1218
Hi girls, I'd love to get decking out our back but DH says that it draws rats. I have no idea about these things but obviously I don't fancy having a nest of rats living under there. I'd imagine that there must be a way that people keep them away??? Please tell me DH is wrong as I've got my heart set on getting this O:| Thanks in advance for any info :thnk
Rogue User Posts: 6101
That's complete bullsh!t - pardon the language. My husband has put in many a decking (he's a carpenter) and none of them have ever had a problem with rats. My parents, sister, many friends he has done and no rats! Have to say that is a very modern old wives tale! Also asked husband and he says it is codswallop! I don't know what's wrong with me today, I am exclaiming everything. Sorry.
honeybunch Posts: 1218
[quote="BrideOfRecession":16b91haz]That's complete bullsh!t - pardon the language. My husband has put in many a decking (he's a carpenter) and none of them have ever had a problem with rats. My parents, sister, many friends he has done and no rats! Have to say that is a very modern old wives tale! Also asked husband and he says it is codswallop! I don't know what's wrong with me today, I am exclaiming everything. Sorry.[/quote:16b91haz] I am so glad to hear this!!! Thanks BrideOfRecession :thnk
Bonnie Parker Posts: 2670
I previously was planning on getting me some decking also - but i donno I just went right off it. Decided to do a patio instead. I have heard that about rats before - maybe it's because bits of food would fall down through the wood? But i'm sure there is a solution to this. They do seem to have an area underneath, that would require some awkwardly administered maintenance. I don't like the idea of maintaining all that wood!
PaniniRoses Posts: 3628
Never heard the rats thing, but I would be wary of decking for the winter, it can be lethal if it's not really well cleaned and maintained - I had it in my house (people who owned it before me put it in) and the first winter we had about 4 significant slips that left big bruises and could have been worse. We had it cleaned professionally as soon as we could but I was always really cautious of it when it was wet.
Littlebo Posts: 2598
I'm in the middle of trying to decide on decking or patio. I keep changing my mind, dunno why. The rat thing is untrue just like BOR my lad has informed me (a builder and has a few decks to his name). Also there is a non slip decking you can get and also for people who have decking there is a coating that stops the slipping also. Don't think it's as simple as coating it though. I have also seen where people slip on patio slabs in the rain also, a lot of them are the clean cut ones and cause just as much harm. Ah, patio or decking....not that it makes much of a difference at the moment.
Twinkle toe Posts: 1025
+1 to all of the above. I was also between decking or patio a few years ago. In the end I went for a patio as I thought, once it is laid properly, it would be lower maintenance than decking. I love decking too but think that it can end up looking weathered if not cared for properly (esp in the NW). TBH I love my patio now.
Anne Cordelia Shirley Posts: 4731
We have decking and I wouldn't recommend it. It was in the garden when I bought the house and I'd love to get rid of it. Its really slippy when wet and despite all the non slip paints/varnishes we've used on it, it still gets quite green from rain and ice. It can takes ages to dry out, even on a nice sunny day so its not really safe to walk on. We've both taken tumbles on it and I wouldn't let a small child out on it when its in any way damp. If I was starting from scratch I'd have a nice patio, my parents got theirs redone a few years ago and get a lot of use out of it. I had hear about rats but we have no issues with anything like that.
Ohnoshedidnt Posts: 273
We put decking in a few years back and no matter what we did it was always slippy when wet. I went flying on it when i was 8 months pregnant and couldnt walk for days ;o( There is so much maintenance involved with it aswell. We used to treat it twice a year. We got rid of it last year and put down patio instead. Its much better with the kids as they can still ride their bikes on it and its not slippy at all. OH does give it a rinse with the power washer every so often!
Hopefully07 Posts: 2027
We HAD decking a few years ago but go rid as like an other poster said it gets very slippy even if you put down all the treatments. The only other thing is the rain and bad weather we have here warps the wood makes it go green and looks dreadfull even when you re-paint it. To keep re-painting it is a pain and can take hours and is back breaking work. My advice don't do it..... Was glad the day we ripped it out.