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At the beginning of last month, we shared some ideas of how you could use great garden accessories to give your deck an added dose of character and homeliness. Now we're into March, with Spring drawing ever closer, we thought we'd share a few more ideas of how you can spruce up your deck with a few more beautiful garden accessories!

Beautiful Bunting from The Stripes Company

There's no better way to add a colourful, carnival feel to your garden than with a bright length of bunting. Ideal for stretching along your deck rail, or even hanging above your decking, this simple but attractive garden decoration is a perfect finishing touch for any garden party.

Lovely Lanterns

If you want to add a touch of candlelight to your deck during the evening, lanterns are a perfect way to do so. Allowing you to add the warming glow of a candle while protecting your deck from the flames,  lanterns are a pretty and practical addition to your outdoor dining area. You can find lots of different lanterns in any good garden centre or store with an outdoor section. The Range stocks a huge selection of lanterns, from simple to decorative designs.

Cool Cube Stool From Wayfair

To give your deck an unusual, modern twist, why not try adding some decorative seating? These cubes look great during the day, but by night, they really come into their own, giving off a soft glow to light up your deck.

For more garden decoration ideas, follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Grey decking is becoming increasingly popular amongst our customers, and it's not difficult to see why. As the popularity and appeal of the industrial trend continues to gain momentum, it's hard to recall a time when home and garden accessories in muted colour palettes weren't a staple in many homes.Whether it's from our commercial or residential customers, there seems to be an increased appetite for an alternative to the traditional warm, natural wood tones, in favour of a cool, subdued grey palette. Although we agree that both warm and cool decks can look fantastic in any outdoor space, we thought we'd focus on the use of grey decking today, to offer some inspiration to those who may be seeking this alternative. 

Use One: Brighten up a Shaded Area 

Light grey decking can be an ideal way to add a bright, modern addition to a shaded area with lots of greenery, providing an interesting contrast to the more traditional aspects of a garden design. As you can see below, our VertiGrain decking in grey works fantastically in large spaces, bringing an increased sense of light and space in a more secluded area.

VertiGrain Grey Decking

Use Two: Contrast With Warm Tones

If your property has warm coloured brickwork or dark wood finishes, grey decking can be a fantastic way to create a stylish contrast between the two areas. Thanks to the warmer tones in our Edeck boards, our customers are able to bring a new contemporary edge to their property without creating a sense of mismatch. The deck compliments brickwork perfectly, combining traditional and modern elements to create an attractive and functional space.

Use Three: Go all Grey

Grey decking can look fantastic in combination with grey walls and furniture, creating a stunning monochromatic look without appearing too uniform or drab. When combined with brightly coloured accessories and plants, all-grey spaces can appear stylish as well as homely, as you can see from this image of our Ashwood deck below.

Ashwood decking

Use Four: Pair With White Accessories 

Grey decking looks incredible in combination with white garden dining sets and other outdoor living accessories, producing a stunning yet subtle monochromatic finish. It also looks incredible against garden greenery. 

For more deck design ideas and inspirations, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Recently, one of our satisfied TimberTech customers got in touch to share some images from their finished garden project. We thought we would share them with you to show how versatile composite decking can be, and to demonstrate how our products could be integrated into your own garden space. 

Cedar deck 1

As you will notice from the image above, our customers used our stunning Cedar VertiGrain decking to add new dimension and texture to their garden.

This image also shows how versatile our composite decking can be, for example, being used as a bright and minimal seating solution.

Cedar deck 2

  Our customers also created a dedicated dining area at the end of their garden, by adding a raised deck platform to their space.

Cedar deck 3

Our decking also works particularly well in this hot tub/veranda area, due to it's water and slip-resistant properties, making it ideal for use near water. 

To see more images of our Cedar VertiGrain decking click here, or follow us on Twitter for more garden inspiration!

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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