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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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Here at TimberTech, we take great care to offer a wide range of high-quality decking options, suited to a variety of projects in both domestic and commercial spaces. To ensure that you make the most of your chosen product, it's essential that the deck is installed correctly in order to deliver longevity and a great-looking finish. 

Here are a few of our top tips for those who are thinking of installing our composite decking themselves:

  • Always keep the shallow groove (which appears on one edge of each board) consistently on the same side. The fibres of the board are directional, so this will ensure that the sun casts a consistent shadow, giving a uniform shade throughout.
  • Use the CONCEALoc® bracket to fix the first and last board.
  • For the neatest possible finish, pre-drill 4mm pilot holes (do not countersink).
  • When face-fixing boards, drive each screw until the screw’s head is flush with the surface of the board. Do not over-drive.
  • Maximum span between joists is 400mm for residential decks.
  • We recommend a 3-4mm gap between boards (CONCEALoc® is designed to automatically create a 4mm gap between the boards).
  • To aid water run-off, the deck should slope 13mm for every 2.44m away from the house.

These are just some brief guidelines for installing composite decking, for a more comprehensive guide visit our Deck Installation Resources page, to download our Complete Guide to Maintaining and Installing Decking and Dryspace. We also have some videos of our products in action, to give you a more vivid impression of our installation process. 

If it still seems a bit too complicated or time-consuming for you to undertake yourself, remember we offer a professional decking installation service to handle the construction of your project! This service lets you sit back and relax while your deck comes to life, at the hands of our experienced team of professional installers.

For more information about any of our products or services, call us on 02920 371584, and we will advise you in more depth about the options available to you.

 

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