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Are you a fan of ITV's Alan Titchmarsh Show Love Your Garden? Well the team at TimberTech have been glued to their TV sets over the past five weeks as Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and the rest of the Love Your Garden team have transformed the gardens of truly deserving people into practical, modern outdoor living spaces.

 

Did you see last night's episode? Episode 5 of Love Your Garden which aired at 8pm last night on ITV was of particular of interest to us here at TimberTech. Alan Titchmarsh and the team helped to transform the unruly garden at the new home of recent ex-serviceman Ian Costello. Having recently been invalided out from the army Ian has moved to new living accommodation in Norwich, and whilst the interior of the bungalow is ideal for him and his family, the garden was very overgrown and unruly.

In stepped Alan and the Love Your Garden team to create the ultimate outdoor living space for Ian and his family - incorporating an open sided outdoor cabin with a fantastic dining table with built-in BBQ, a hot tub, as well as a separate children's play area, incorporating a Wendy house, play area and a vegetable plot. All of these new features in Ian's new garden looked amazing, but what was even more striking was the way all of these new features were intertwined with the inclusion of a wide expanse of composite decking.

The inclusion of the grey composite deck really helped to pull together all aspects of the Costello's new garden. The integration of this multi-levelled composite deck meant that the garden could be used for a variety of applications - the low maintenance composite decking was ideal on a wide expanse for lounge furniture, as well as being ideal for smaller areas such as for paths. It was also ideal for creating multiple levels in connecting the raised deck to the lower deck steps. Lastly it was used very cleverly around the Hot Tub area, and being slip-resistant means that it's safe for the entire family.

Composite decking really is a versatile form of outdoor flooring, and what's more as presenter David Domoney pointed out in last night's Love Your Garden show; unlike softwood which is high maintenance and will rot; and unlike hardwood decking, which still requires maintenance, composite decking is virtually maintenance free, and long -lasting! It is however important to understand that as with softwood and hardwood decks, composite decking comes in varying grades. Quality may vary, and whilst some boards are hollow, some are also solid and therefore provide improved strength and long lasting performance. TimerTech composite deck boards are solid in profile, and as with the decking featured by David Domoney last night, TimberTech's most popular ranges can be fixed using a secret fixing system. Furthermore, TimberTech composite decking is guaranteed for 25 years.

So why not order your FREE sample pack and brochure today to feel the difference.

Case study:  Wild Swans Production – The Young Vic Theatre London

TimberTech decking has transformed all kinds of spaces from the gardens of luxury homes to beachside balconies and even lifeboat stations.

But for the past three months it took to the London stage after set builder Simon Heap spotted the quality wood composite decking as an ideal solution to the challenges he faced creating the set for a production of Wild Swans at the Young Vic Theatre.

He needed something strong and durable that could withstand everything the show’s demands threw at it but still looked good and in-keeping with other parts of the show.

Not only did the TimberTech boards have to endure a cast of more than 20 actors’ feet for eight shows a week over three months, the boards were covered in dirt, scraped clean and swept then completely flooded for each and every performance.

Because of these demands, Simon, who runs Made 100 exhibition services, was set the challenge to come up with a design and build solution.

He ordered TimberTech’s high quality VertiGrain Grey boards to cover the 113m x 4.8m area.

“This stage was going to get completely flooded every single night as it had to emulate a paddy field for part of the performance,” he said.

“Because of this and all of the other demands and abuse a set has to withstand, it had to be heavy, substantial and durable and TimberTech ticked all the boxes.

“Its design meant it could withstand the water and would not warp but also looked like traditional floorboards for other scenes in Wild Swans. It needed to stand up to the challenge - which it did, so we were more than happy with the product and its performance!”

TimberTech is made from a unique mix of wood and polymer, and looks just like traditional timber decking, but with virtually no maintenance – just regular sweeping and an occasional power wash will keep it looking as good as the day it was installed.

It is also weather-resistant, so won’t stain, warp or fade like standard wood decking – TimberTech even offers a 25 year residential warranty on all of its decking products.

The decking is easy to install with a fixing-free finish, and is a greener option too – not only do you eliminate chemical wood preservers and staining products, the boards are made from excess wood from the furniture industry ensuring eco-friendly, long-lasting decking which doesn’t cost the earth.

If you would like to use TimberTech to create the perfect space, whether for your home or a more unusual project, click here to order a free sample, or call our sales  team on 029 2037 1584 for a full consultation. 

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We’re officially in the midst of winter. The weather is cold and the snowy weather here! I recently came across an article on eHow about deck winterization. You’ll notice when you’re reading through these tips that the winter effects on a TimberTech deck are much less cumbersome than a wood deck. In fact, because TimberTech never needs to be stained or sealed, you can eliminate some of the steps altogether – making TimberTech live up to its brand promise: Less work. More life.

TimberTech does not require any specific winterization tips. However, as mentioned in the article, removing all pots, planters, and debris – such as branches, leaves, dirt or pebbles that have accumulated can also help reduce the risk of moisture buildup and staining on a TimberTech deck. Now that winter has hit and your deck may be buried, you can remove any of the snow and ice by using either rock salt or calcium chloride. These will not damage the surface. These products may, however, leave a white residue, which can be removed by either rinsing with water or using a mild soap/water solution. Also, remember to use care not to damage your deck surface when shovelling off the snow or ice. Plastic shovels work well for this. Avoid shovels that have a metal leading edge. For TimberTech’s full care and cleaning, instructions see our care and warranty section 

by Neil Orpin
TimberTech Deck Installer

 

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