The  struggles of Stone

Introduction

Stone is there for the gardener who likes to go off in a new and interesting direction. Sure, there are more conventional methods of colouration, but the great thing about composite decking is you don’t have to worry, about other people, about the elements, about much more than when you’re going to have your next barbeque. If you are interested in composite decking, please see here: Dino Decking.

Now, stone is a fairly conspicuous wood, somewhere in the middle between the highly inconspicuous ivory, the heart-breaker of the lived-in patio world; and the dark obscurity of ebony and the issues of infestation detection, mould, and rot. Stone is a happy medium between the two, while still retaining the ability to impress, but that doesn’t mean it is free from peril, oh no.

It isn’t real stone

It has to be said, no matter how crisp and clear your creativity is, you’re never going to convince your neighbours and family that it’s real stone. The moment they go in for a tactile test, brushing their fingers across the deep grooves, tracing the grain with their nails they’re going to know that the jig is up.These things happen when dreams become reality, but that shouldn’t stop you from building a little moat, dressing the house-hold pets in your family’s house colours, and demanding a tithe when people come over.

It’s not as hard as stone

Composite decking stands at the forefront of garden patio durability. The blends of plastic and wood, all from recycled materials means you don’t have to worry about life slowly chipping it away piece by piece the moment your back is turned. This stuff is made to last, and with such a striking colouration it’s surely a good thing. But it’s not real stone. And if someone starts hitting it with a hammer, playing pretend goes one step too far, someone’s going to end up in tears, and judging by all the hard word you’ve put into it, it’s likely to be you.

Coloured stains are much more noticeable

When compared to colours like Ivory and Ebony,Stone has a little give as far as passing wildlife, barbeques, and dribbling children are concerned. But that doesn’t mean it’s conspicuous, especially in the dry seasons, when you forget to get the hose out for a quick once over.The stains are there, the dark ones that frighten ivory wood, the white bird-droppings ones that appear shortly after someone lays a littleebony even though no-one remembers seeing so many birds around there before.

May be hard to detect pests

Pests are everywhere. The worms are in the wood. The rare-species of plasticmosquitosare, yes, you’ve guessed it, in the swimming pool. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some strange and sinister composite insect out there that find the balance between woods and plastics and other things used to bind them together utterly delicious.Then there are the beetles and crawly things that are obscured by that weird mix betweenivory and ebony, beauty and practicality. So, beware, keep an eye out, get a brush, fetch the hose and you’ll be fine.

 

May be hard to find other colours to match the garden

Does stone go with other colours? I don’t know. Perhaps you could put them next to the sixteenth-century-well that sits at the bottom of the garden, the one you don’t remember being there when you moved in. Every night to go down, throwing monies of increasing value each time, wondering when this is going to stop, how high the cost. But with other bits of wood it could be a problem. Sometimes our eye falls on something that falls apart, and the problem with things that stand apart is that they don’t take kindly to others.

Conclusion

Composite decking is a mixture of wood and plastic. It’s often recycled, which means you don’t have to worry about waking up one day and finding that all the trees have gone. Getting it in the colour you want makes it even better. Stone decking is the sort of thing you choose when you want to stand apart from the rest of your contemporaries, and the problem with standing apart from your contemporaries is that you have to deal with issues that they don’t.

Ultimately, you’re going to have make compromises when decking your garden in wood reminiscentof a medieval castle. The benefits of composite decking is that it’ll outlive most family pets with little harm or hazard, but the downsides are there too, especially in an ever developing world full of vibrant candies and drinks that if consumed enough will create vibrant puddles on stone.

 

 

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