Make the most of timber landscaping opportunities this summer

As summer approaches, demand for timber landscaping in the form of decking, retaining walls, planters and even cladding, creates strong sales opportunities for merchants. This is why International Timber believes now is the ideal time for merchants to stock up on top-of-the-range timber for landscaping and garden projects.

Landscaping can increase a home’s resale value by 15-20% on average, making it a popular choice with homeowners looking to improve and add value to their property. In turn, this demand creates strong sales and upsell opportunities for merchants, and stocking a wide variety of quality timber is one of the best ways for merchants to capitalise on the upturn in outdoor home improvements.

In addition, merchants should advise their customers to invest in timber decking designed to the highest standard to achieve maximum return on investment. The quality of the timber is key as decking is exposed to various weather conditions and undergoes regular wear and tear, therefore, it’s crucial to invest in timber that is naturally resistant to moisture and rot.

Phil Taylor, Regional Sales Director at International Timber, said: “We provide hardwood decking that is highly resistant to fungal growth, which offers naturally superior levels of durability and wear resistance without additional chemical treatment. Expert guidance can be provided to merchants on the benefits of using hardwood timber for decking purposes, ready for the outdoor home improvement season.

“As well as durable hardwoods, International Timber supplies a range of softwood decking for a more a cost-effective option. In addition, a variety of modified decking is also available. Products such as Accoya, Thermowood decking boards and slip-resistant decking, provide further options for every type of project, as well as an opportunity to gain additional margin.”

Merchants looking to meet demand for decking this summer should consider stocking a wide breadth of product options, as consumer trends adapt, and homeowners look for more tailored solutions.

International Timber also offers technical advice to help support its merchant customers when providing timber for landscaping and garden projects.