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Wondering what to do with your leftover composite decking? We've got some ideas to share with you!

Leftover Decking Boards

So you’ve trawled through page after page of designs, picked out the decking of your dreams, and had it installed in your garden. Your dream deck is finally a reality!

But what if you still have decking left over? Off-cuts and the odd unused board are par for the course, but what to do with them? After all, our composite decking is far too good to simply throw away!

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your leftover deck boards.

 

What can I do with my leftover TimberTech decking?

Depending on how much decking you have left at the end of your installation, it's possible to create a variety of stylish, quirky and outright amazing additions to your outdoor space.

Here are a few leftover decking ideas to get you started - please do not attempt any DIY unless you're sure you know what you're doing!

 

Window Box

A simple yet beautiful way to bring some plant life to your new decking area, a window box can be a fantastic addition to your exterior design.

Solid wood window boxes can cost around the £50 mark, even those that are fairly modest in size. It's even possible to find window boxes of less than 2.5 feet in length on sale for as much as £90.

With just a few spare deck boards and a bin bag for inner lining, you can easily create a natural-looking window feature that brightens up your outdoor space. Alternatively, if you have a little more leftover material to play with, you can utilise your leftover boards to make an aesthetically-pleasing planter or flower bed.

 

Bird House

If you're more interested in fauna than flora, why not use your off-cuts to create a home for your feathered garden visitors? A simple bird house can be constructed from just a few bits of leftover decking, and the end result can be surprisingly impressive.

On the other hand, if you do happen to have a little more material left over, why not treat your pooch and make a hand-made dog kennel? After all, doggy digs can be surprisingly expensive, particularly those that are made from wood.

Meanwhile, if you’re really feeling bold and have quite a bit of decking left over, you could even go one step further and make a Wendy house for your child. While this might seem like a rather daunting task - especially if you're a bit of a DIY novice - you may be surprised by what you can achieve with a Google search, a can-do attitude, and a little perseverance.

 

Garden Bench

If you need some furniture for your newly-revamped outdoor space, why not save yourself a little cash and kill two birds with one stone by turning your leftover deck boards into a nice garden bench or outdoor coffee table?

Speaking of garden furniture, a storage box that doubles up as a seating area is a fantastic way to make the most of the materials you have while also saving on space and expense. A chest-like seat or bench can complement your decked area perfectly.

If you're looking for a bit more of a challenge, you could even create a literal deck chair from your leftover decking. Google is filled with inspiring design ideas of just that, proving that – if you’re a dab hand with a drill and a hero with a hacksaw – the decking upcycling options are almost limitless!

 

TimberTech's low-maintenance composite decking is a superb alternative to hardwood and plastic deck boards. Call 029 2080 3756 or use the links below to find out more!

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Choosing the right colour for your new TimberTech composite deck may seem challenging at first thought, due to the sheer size of the decision with the number of options available to you. Here at TimberTechUK for example, we have a total of 6 colour types, each consisting of different shades, tones and tints, resulting in a total of 16 different boards! So, it's completely understandable if you're standing there scratching your head trying to decide between teak decking and walnut decking, or Storm Grey and Maritime Grey! But you shouldn't let the selection intimidate you, there are a number of tips that help make choosing the right coloured deck a breeze; let's take a look.

 

Start with the basic colour groups 

Despite not knowing exactly which colour you'd like your new deck to be, chances are that you'll have a tendency to lean towards certain colour groups, so that is always the best place to start. You may, for example, love a natural wood look so are more tempted to go with a wood-like colour such as brown, or you may have a coastal home and want your deck to complement this with grey boards. Either way, grouping all of your options into clear segments such as 'Greys', 'Browns', 'Silver' or 'Whites' and picking which colour group you like best is guaranteed to make your decision process a whole lot smoother. 

 

Think about the colour of your home

Leading nicely from our previous point, your home is the biggest feature of your outdoor living space, so you'll want your deck to complement it! By choosing a complementary colour and tone, you will ensure that your deck has enough character of its own to stand out and be set apart from your home, whilst not making too much noise. Here are some of our recommendations: 

  • Home is yellow, beige, brown or tan - Any brown or grey decking will work
  • Home is red, grey or blue - Decking of similar colour or grey will work
  • Home is white - Any colour deck will work here

(Pictured - EasyClean Terrain Stone Ash)

 

Never underestimate undertones 

All decking colours have either warm or cool undertones, something which you may have learnt in school, whether you were successful or unsuccessful in doing so is another matter altogether. Anyway, according to the colour wheel, undertones of yellow, orange or red result in warmer colours and undertones of blue, green or violet result in cooler ones. Grey is considered to be a neutral colour, with undertones decidedly being both warm and cool (cool huh?). To ensure your decking and house colour are in harmony, we advise that you stick to either warm or cool undertones for both!

 

Consider sun exposure 

Another consideration to take into account is the amount of sun that your outdoor space is exposed to. This may seem like an odd thing to think about when it comes to choosing the colour of your deck, but it actually has a significant impact. Think about it like this. Any material that sits in the all-day sun will get warm. When you wear a black shirt, for example, you're likely to feel much hotter whilst sat in the sun than if you were wearing a white shirt. The same principle applies to your deck, regardless of manufacturer. If your deck is in an area that is exposed to the sun all day, every day, you may be better off opting for a lighter colour deck such as our EasyClean Legacy Vintage White. On the other hand, if you have a limited amount of sun exposure on your deck, a darker colour will be less of a concern.

 

Be unique 

If it's a bigger visual impact that you're trying to achieve, one thing you can think about doing is utilising more than one coloured board! For example, you can use one colour for your interior deck boards and a contrasting colour shade around the edges. This is a popular technique known as 'picture-framing' and is a fantastic way to add another dimension to your outdoor space that is guaranteed to catch the eye. Take a look at our installation video below to learn how to create this look! 

Deck Pattern Ideas >   More Deck Inspiration >

 

Use our 3D design tool

We provide a FREE 3D design service that enables you to bring your outdoor living space ideas to life! One of the many great benefits of our design tool is that you're able to test out a selection of decking colours against various outdoor designs, giving you a clear and true idea of how our many composite decking colours will look in your garden. Again, there is absolutely no charge to use our 3D design service, so click the button below to learn more and start your deck journey! 

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Order a sample, or two

Using online tools and looking at galleries is a great way to see how our deck colours may look in your outdoor space, but they can never beat seeing our composite deck boards up-close in real life. Here at TimberTechUK, we offer you 2 free deck samples that you can choose from to see all of the natural beauty of our boards for yourself, giving you a clearer representation of how your choices will look against your home and surroundings. Consider ordering different colours and more than one style of board if you are unsure about which product will be best for you. 

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There's a lot of things that you can think about when it comes to selecting the correct colour deck for your home. Choosing the right board colour is a big decision, but one that doesn't have to be stressful when done in a systematic and thought about way. Remember the tips above and take advantage of all services that we have on offer to find the perfect match! 

For more information on any of our deck boards or services, call TimberTech on 029 2080 3756 or email info@timbertechuk.co.uk

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