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Creating a garden that can be enjoyed by the whole family is a primary objective for many homeowners looking to revamp their outdoor space.

This is a concern that is often held in particularly high regard for those with young families and older relatives.

Both children and the elderly can be at greater risk to trips, falls and injury, so a safe decking area is paramount.

Here are a few top tips to keep your decking as safe as houses.

 

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Slip-Hazards

If you’re intending on using your deck for activities likely to result in a wet surface, it’s worth investing in the appropriate slip-resistant decking material.

Whether you’re considering investing in a swimming pool or hot tub, the likelihood of the surrounding decking becoming covered in splashes and spills is a veritable certainty.

Invest in capped composite decking to keep slip hazards to a minimum. Protected with a polymer sleeve, capped composite decking is extremely moisture-resistant and dries notably quicker than other decking materials.

 

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Hand Rails

For additional safety for your deck users, it may be worth adding a handrail system to your decking area. In addition to looking sleek and stylish, they also boast a number of safety benefits.

Composite deck railings can help provide stability for users, which can be particularly reassuring if your deck is elevated off the ground, e.g. a roof or balcony. Meanwhile, even on level ground, handrails double up as an effective boundary to contain exploring youngsters.

For additional designer flair, why not consider our range of glass balustrade surrounds, perfect for safely enclosing your deck area, while maintaining complete transparency for total visibility.

 

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Lighting

Adding appropriate lighting can not only be a great way to make the most of your decking area after the sun goes down but it can also be a fantastic way to illuminate potential hazards to deck dwellers.

Adding built-in deck lights into your decking design is an effective way to highlight decking edges around the perimeter, while they can also be used to great effect on steps and stairs to accentuate their presence.

For any elderly family and friends that may suffer from deteriorating eyesight, this can be particularly useful and help limit potential trips and falls by warning of changing height levels.

 

For more decking safety tips or additional information about how to limit hazards in your deck design, why not drop us a line? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to get in touch online now.

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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.

 

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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.

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