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Whether it’s the wear and tear of age rearing its ugly head or signs of shoddy workmanship coming back to bite with a vengeance, warning signs of unsafe decking can come in a variety of forms.

Keep you and your loved ones safe by getting clued up on these cautionary cues with this insightful look into signs of unsafe decking.

Unsafe deck

How to spot signs of an unsafe deck

Unsafe decking can turn a chilled afternoon in the sun into a stressful afternoon in A&E instantly. As such, knowing how to spot the warning signs of a dodgy deck can be tremendously important.

Luckily, that’s where we come in! Here are two easy ways to spot an unsafe deck and prevent any decking disasters before they occur.

 

Get connected

When building a deck, metal connectors are required in key areas to keep your decking securely in place; e.g. post to beam, joist to beam, etc. Loose and corroded connectors can be a warning of bad things to come and a tell-tale sign that needs your attention ASAP.

Similarly, missing connectors can be a sign that metal connectors haven’t been used at all and connections have been made by simply nailing the wood together. If the wood rots, these nailed connections likely won’t hold and could turn your decking into a danger fast.

 

Touch wood

If you own traditional wooden decking, you can naturally expect your deck surface to show signs of age as the years progress and wear and tear takes its toll.

While treating the wood can help hold back the hands of time, it will merely be delaying the inevitable. Chances are, you will have to deal with one of these wood-related issues sooner or later.

 

Rotting wood

Rotting wood can see your once beautiful deck change colour, lose it’s looks and become dangerous all in one fell swoop. For instances like this, it can be easily detectable, characterised by softness, with surface wood capable of being scratched with a nail.

However, wood rot can also effect select areas of your boards that aren’t as easy to detect. Rotten wood within the framework – e.g. the posts, joists, etc. – can make your entire deck unstable, so be sure to check these areas particularly closely.

 

Cracked wood

Similarly, cracked wood can be just as dangerous, if not more so, depending on the extent of the crack. Splits can weaken the structure significantly and act as the literal chink in the armour of your decking.

Cracks are common in natural wood as it begins to age, making older decking a prime candidate for cracked woodwork. Worse still, numerous cracks can cause serious structural damage, presenting a veritable timebomb for the inevitable structural failure.

 

Slippery when wet

Slippery decking can turn your outdoor space into a scene from Home Alone in the time it take for a single shower to fall. However, it’s not actually the rain alone that makes the deck slippery. The slip/slide-factor is actually down to a form of fungus and mould that grows on the wood when its wet.

Characterised by a black staining, this fearsome fungus can form on traditional wood no matter what season it is, making wood decking a slip-hazard year-round if not properly cared for and maintained. Worse still, it can ruin your deck complete, damaging it beyond repair.

 

Why choose TimberTech?

One of the best ways to ensure your deck is safe and sound is to opt for composite decking over traditional wood. The state-of-the-art composite decking from TimberTech is designed for durability and safety, and is superior to standard wood decking in virtually every way.

Unlike the real-wood decking of yesteryear, TimberTech composite decking is extremely durable and resistant to a number of challenges that both the elements and life throw at it, from spills and scratches to sun and snow.

With slip-resistance and split-resistance as two of the main product features, you’re instantly protected from two of the main hazards related to decking. Meanwhile, the expert fitters at TimberTech can assure your deck will be firmly installed and well-connected from pillar to post.

 

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How long does composite decking last?

Axl Rose once said, nothing lasts forever… even cold November Rain. Sadly, this line also applies to composite decking and even the extremely long-lasting materials of TimberTech can’t quite claim to last forever.

Nevertheless, while our decking won’t last forever, they do last a considerably long time; most TimberTech decking ranges come with an impressively colossal 30-year warranty. With that kind of assurance, you can rest easy knowing that your decking is durable enough to withstand copious amounts of rain, be it November rain or otherwise!

 

For more information on TimberTech products and guarantees, call today on 029 2080 3756 and speak to one of our team personally. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch online using the button below.

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When it comes to garden revamps, the prospect of an outdoor overhaul can be an exciting scenario.

In fact, the mere addition of decking to your outdoor space can completely transform the way it looks and the way you enjoy your garden.

However, while it can be all too easy to get swept up in the delirium of deck-based dreams, there are a few important factors to mull over before you lay down the boards.

Here’s our choice checklist of things to consider before building decking.

 

things to consider before building decking

 

Decking Dilemmas

So, where to begin?

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve at least considered the option of decking in your garden, if not gone a little further and begun browsing materials, styles and colour options.

If that sounds like you, great – that’s where this blog comes in!

Before you settle on the deck of your dreams, it’s important to remember these key points.

 

Soak up the sun

One of the many reasons people often opt for decking is so they can make the most of sunny weather. As such, knowing where to place your decking can be a pivotal point in the journey.

If you have a north-facing garden, a decking area directly outside your back door will likely find itself in a blanket of shade come 3:00 p.m. You can squeeze the most out of the sun by having your deck area further down your garden at the far end to avoid the shadow of your house.

On the other hand, if you have a south-facing garden, you may have the opposite problem and find that back door decking can become a sun-trap that’s uncomfortably hot during times of extreme heat. You may want to prepare for the heat by accessorising your deck with a parasol, awning or veranda.

 

Lighten up

When you’re ordering your decking, it’s easy to be overcome with images of sunny weather and cold drinks on summer days. As such, evening enjoyment can be commonly overlooked.

Try to keep in mind lighting before you build your decking. Most decking can be laid with built-in up-lighting within the deck itself.

If this is something you have your eye on as a potential lighting solution, it can be easier all round to arrange this fixture prior to building. Retroactive fitting could be troublesome.

 

Size matters

Depending on what you can afford in terms of both finances and space, the size of your decking area can have a profound effect on what you actually use your decking for.

If you can’t fit a dining table on your decking area, chances are that deck-top dining is literally off the table. Similarly, if you envision yourself using your deck for barbeques and cook outs, be sure your area is big enough to house your barbie and any associated equipment.

Naturally, not everyone will be able to afford a huge decking area, while others may have a smaller garden that simply can’t accommodate one. Meanwhile, some may not want a large deck in the first place.

Either way, the size of the surface can be determining factor in your outdoor enjoyment so keep that in mind to ensure its fit for purpose.

 

Dress code

Deciding how to dress your decking can be a big part of the overall presentation once you’re finished. While this can seem like a job for way down the line when the deck is done, how you plan to dress your decking can potentially influence the choice of boards.

For example, if you’re a huge fan of bright red flowers and know with a degree of absolute certainty you’re going to accessorise your deck with bright red flowers, it makes sense to choose a deck colour that complements this preference.

Similarly, if you plan on including additional features on your deck – such as railings, furniture, etc – opting for a decking style that fits your chosen outdoor features ahead of time can be a wise move.

 

The next step

Adding varying levels to your garden can be a great way to add another dimension to your outdoor living space, making it more aesthetically appealing while also making it seem larger from a visual perspective.

A raised deck area with steps leading up to it can be perfect for feature decking areas further down your garden, while steps down from a decking area immediately outside your back door can also have a similar effect.

For those looking to completely transform their outdoor space, varying levels in your garden can be the perfect way to do so. Meanwhile, it can also help to separate your garden into designated zones – e.g. the parents relaxing on the deck while the kids play on the grass – allowing you to truly make the most of your garden space.

 

Board games

Perhaps the most important decision you’re going to make when it comes to your decking is the actual boards you choose. After all, these are going to be a permanent fixture to your garden landscape for the foreseeable future and a rushed decision now could haunt you for years to come.

The phrase “fools rush in” is the perfect idiom for this scenario. If you’re torn between two or three materials, why not request a free sample of each and compare? This can help you get a feel for the look and texture of the board, allowing to fully visualise what a finished deck may look like.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that there’s really no rush when it comes to decking deadlines. It’s your property, it’s your decking and, most importantly, it’s your money – make sure you get the deck that’s right not just the deck that’s right now.

 

So, there you have it: a hefty half a dozen things to keep in mind before making your decking decision. For more information on our various decking options, give us a call on 029 2080 3756 today or drop us a line now using the button below.

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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! 

Use Our FREE 3D Design Service >

 

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

Do you have composite decking in your back garden that's due a clean? Cleaning your composite decking is simple, just grab the bits of the equipment listed below & follow a few simple steps. Your composite decking will look brand new in no time! Here you can see our infographic and a transcript of the information provided.

Please let us know if you have any questions about cleaning your composite decking. We can be reached by calling 029 2080 3756.

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Transcript:

 

How to Clean Composite Decking

Equipment Needed:

  • Power Washer
  • Scraper
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Stiff Brush

Step by Step guide:

  1. Clearing and Preparing Your Deck

If you choose to use a composite cleaner and have furniture or anything that’s not made of composite material, it needs to be removed.

  1. Remove Debris

Ensure all loose debris and leaves are removed from the deck surface using a blower or a broom. Use a scraper or putty knife to remove any standing dirt in between boards.

  1. Mix Cleaning Solution

If using a composite decking cleaner, carefully follow mixing instructions. However, most composite deck boards can be cleaned with a simple soapy water solution.

  1. Apply Solution & Clean

Apply cleaning solution to the deck, working in 5 metre sections at a time, use a stiff brush to remove noticeable dirt and grime. Improve efficiency by allowing one section to soak up the solution whilst you’re cleaning another.

  1. Rinse Well

Once you’ve scrubbed a section, rinse off with a power washer and move onto the next section until the entire deck is clean!

 

Conditions

Ice & Snow – To remove ice and snow, use rock salt or calcium chloride remove residue by rinsing with water or mild soap/water solution.

  • Tannin, Mildew, Dirt & Grime

 Rinsing off your composite decking periodically is important to prevent build-up of pollen/debris, leading to mildew stains. Allow suitable gaps between boards to allow draining.

  • Spot Stains

Clean spot stains using a soap/water solution. Leave cleaned areas to weather for 8-10 weeks to regain colour.

  • Scratches, Nicks, Cuts & Grooves

 Scratches, nicks, cuts & grooves can be removed by brushing in the direction of the grain. Brushed area will weather back in 8-10 weeks.  

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