When it comes to doing up a house, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the interior house renovation and simply overlook the outside space.
As a result, it can come as quite a revelation when you finally do take the time to focus on your external property and commit to garden renovation.
That being said, an outdoor redesign isn’t a walk in the park: things can and usually do go wrong, leading to unforeseen headaches and hassles you could do without.
To help you through the dark times and limit the roadblocks along the way, we’ve outlined the whole process below with this guide to decking garden renovation.
Step 1: Plan
There’s an old military phrase that rings true in a number of fields – garden renovation being one of them – and it goes like this: “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents P**s Poor Performance”.
Crude, maybe. Accurate, without question. While you may not need military precision for your garden revamp, it certainly does pay to be organised.
In order to ensure your project goes off without a hitch, prior planning is key. The last thing you need is to get halfway through a project and realise it’s not quite as you envisioned.
Sketch out how you want your garden to look and where you want your deck to be positioned. Simply putting pen to paper can go a long way in helping you visualise what your new garden will look like.
Be sure to record dimensions and measurements in your sketch where possible. This will help you when it comes to pricing up quotes for materials down the line.
Step 2: Design
Once you’ve settled on the where’s and how’s, it’s time to pick out the what’s by choosing a design and making that mental plan begin to take a physical shape.
At TimberTech, we have a huge selection of composite decking designs on hand to give you the ultimate freedom of choice: from the quintessential charm of the EasyClean Legacy Vintage White to the ominous mystique of the EasyClean Tropical Storm Grey.
What’s more, in addition to a myriad of individual design ranges, we also have a choice of composite decking board types to choose from as well, providing both capped and uncapped composite decking.
While uncapped composite decking is inherently hard-wearing and sturdy, our capped composite range is as good as it gets. Boasting a protective polymer sleeve for moisture protection, capped decking is virtually impermeable and extremely durable, even in the harshest of conditions.
Step 3: Execute
Right, you’ve planned your design, you’ve chosen your board of choice and you’ve had them all delivered to your front door. Now what?
If you happen to be a confident and competent MVP of DIY, you may fancy your chances at installing your own deck. Self-installation can be cheaper and is a common option for those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and/or have the time to do so.
That being said, laying down composite decking can be tricky, so you may want to call in our team of experts to help with installation. After all, garden renovations don’t often come cheap, so it’s worth getting it right first time. A botched job now could cause untold damage later on.
If you do plan on installing the decking yourself, be sure to refer back to the Decking Installation Resources for details. Alternatively, why not have a browse at our TimberTech Installation Videos for a fool-proof, step-by-step guide.
Step 4: Maintain
Once your deck is finished and your garden renovation is complete, all that’s left to do dust off that sun lounger, set it to recline and pop that bottle of wine in celebration of a job well done.
Composite decking is intrinsically low-maintenance requiring very little upkeep, giving you fewer things to worry about and more time to relax.
If you do want to keep your decking surface in tip-top condition over the coming weeks, months and years, simply give it a scrub and a once over with a jetwash to periodically to keep it looking as good as the day it arrived.
For more information on doing up a house with garden decking, why not drop us a line today? Call on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to find out all you could want to know ahead of your garden renovation.