Timber is one of the most popular materials for terraces. This classic material provides a warm radiance, is pleasant to the touch, and is available in different variations, from rustic hardwood terraces to bamboo terrace planks to exotic Bangkirai terraces.
The advantages and disadvantages of timber terraces
Besides being attractive to the eye, a timber terrace also has a few practical advantages. Firstly, timber has low thermal conductivity, which means that the material does not heat up as much under the midday sun as stone, for example. Secondly, timber terraces dry very quickly and this is very practical during autumn and winter in particular. This ecologically-sound material can be used not just as decking at lawn level but also for slightly elevated, existing terraces.
The advantage of a timber terrace, namely that it is a biological material that degrades naturally, is at the same time a major disadvantage. The greatest enemy of the timber terrace is the risk of parasite infestation and rotting. Fungal growth and insect infestation are caused by, among other factors, damp and contact with the ground. There is also a risk of deformation as a result of factors such as climate change. Timber is not normally a smooth, slippery material, but the growth of moss can increase the risk of slipping. Although it feels good to walk barefoot across a timber terrace, it can be very painful if there are small splinters on the surface.
The amount of work involved in looking after a timber terrace should also not be underestimated. Timber terraces should be cleaned once annually and then, for best results, treated with a special oil for real timber terrace planks
The types and development trends of timber terraces in Germany