Non-Slip Decking: Solving your slippery problems

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Timber decking

Non-Slip decking is the crown jewel of decking planks. Timber decking is environmentally friendly, temperature neutral and perfect for any area.  However, there are a few specific areas that come to mind: patio decking, poolside decking, and jetty decking

Why consider timber non-slip decking for your deck?

What is non-slip / anti-slip decking?

In essence, anti-slip decking is decking that has either a coating or a texture that reduces the risk of slipping when it is wet. In the case of wood decking, the texture is added with a specialized machine to create prominent ridges on the wood. These ridges prevent people from slipping.

Note: Decking planks are used for the exterior of your home. This includes, but are not limited to:

  • Patio Decking
  • Poolside Decking
  • Pergolas
  • Jetty
  • Forest Walkways

All of these surfaces are likely to be exposed to water from nature like rain, the sea, dams etc. Therefore, it is important to have solid, anti-slip decking planks to ensure the safety of the people making use of the area.

Why choose wood non-slip decking?

There are many decking materials available, but the most loved decking material is always wood decking. Why do we believe that wood beats all of it’s competitors?


While you may get a wood-look deck, nothing beats the feel and look of REAL wood. Timber adds a feeling of luxury and style to any area. Aesthetically, it will be almost impossible to find something to beat the real thing. Therefore, it is to go-to option for most homeowners.


Wood decks are more affordable than their counterparts. So even if you are working on a budget, you will find that wooden decking planks are your best option. You can choose between softwood, hardwood, treated or not treated decking planks. Therefore, there’s a range of options available to you, at an affordable price. Music to any homeowner’s ears!

Timber decking benefits

Longevity and Design

When investing in a wooden deck, you need to ensure that you check the quality of the timber and supplier. Proper wooden CCA TANALISED TREATED deck planks made from S5 (Construction Grade) timber are the most durable.

Wooden decks might need ongoing maintenance; however, this is not always a con. This means that you will be able to change the aesthetic whenever you want to. Tired of the Mahogany color deck? Simply switch over to the Oak next time.

One of the popular alternatives, composite decking, fades over the years with direct sunlight. It turns into a paler version of the originally installed decks. And the only way to get it back to its original state is to replace the whole deck. This can be a frustrating and costly experience.

Environmentally friendly

Wooden decks don’t reflect the rays of the sun, so they are cooler than plastic, cement or tiles.  In case of a storm or earthquake wood will reintegrate and decompose back into the environment where cement, plastic and tiles will take centuries to degrade.

Therefore, all things considered, wooden decking is your best option for longevity and design combined.

What is the difference between hardwood and softwood decking planks?

Before making a purchase, you need to know what you are buying. There are two main types of timber that are used for making decking planks. Softwood and Hardwood.

Softwoods have a lower density compared to the hardwoods. This makes them softer, which can make it more prone to small dents and scratches. These decking planks are the most affordable. At Sabie Poles, our softwood decking planks are CCA Treated to ensure that they will be protected from the natural elements and insects that might damage the timber.

Hardwoods have a higher density. Therefore, they are more scratch and dent-resistant. However, insects and other wood deteriorating factors are less likely to damage hardwoods. Therefore we leave the hardwood decking planks untreated. Hardwood will last a long time without any additional treatment. Therefore, they are more pricey than softwood decking planks.

For more in-depth information regarding softwood vs. hardwood decking planks, you can view our post: Timber Flooring

Why choose Sabie Poles’ non-slip decking planks?

At Sabie Poles, we ensure quality, every time. How do we do this?

  • Quality Checks

We ensure that each plank that leaves our manufacturing facility is of the highest standards with no loose knots. You can be sure that you are only getting the best when the decking planks are delivered to your door.

  • S5 Construction Timber Quality

Our Decking planks are made to last. We ensure this by using S5 grade timber to cut the decking planks. Therefore, it is guaranteed that the planks are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear.

  • Commitment to Our Mission

Our mission has always been to do business on the principle of honesty, excellent customer service and the best quality at a fair price. We take care of our customers. We always strive to help our clients whenever possible, and we make sure that they are happy with the products they receive

Sabie Poles decking planks range

At Sabie Poles, we have various decking planks available to purchase. They can all be viewed on our online quoting system: Decking Planks

Treated with Tanalised CCA Treatment class H3. Available in the following sizes:

22mm x 106mm and 32mm x 106mm

These decking planks are also available in Non-slip or plain texture.

Untreated. Available in 22mm x 90mm, with non-slip or plain texture.

Looking at building your own deck? Contact one of our sales agents for more information. Additionally, you can contact us on Facebook and keep up to date with all the latest news and events at Sabie Poles.

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