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do deck lights get hot when they're switched on

If you're thinking about adding a deck with built-in lights to your garden, you're probably wondering if they'll get hot when they're switched on. After all, most lights get hot when they're on, so deck lights must do too - right? Well, not exactly. Our deck lights are LEDs which means they're unlikely to be hot to the touch when they're switched on.

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If you're someone who likes the idea of natural wood but can't face the hours of upkeep it demands, you're in the right place! Here at TimberTech, we offer a wide range of composite decking that's been manufactured to look and feel just like real wood but requires a fraction of the maintenance. 

People often ask us - which composite decking looks the most like real wood? We have some composite deck boards that look more like wood than others, mostly due to the colour of the boards. So, if you want to see which of our composite decking ranges look most like real wood, just keep reading.

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how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave

If you were disappointed about not getting a dose of sun abroad this year, your prayers may have been answered. According to a recent Sky News report:

"The Met Office has issued amber and yellow thunderstorm warnings for large parts of central and southern England. It comes after it issued its first-ever extreme heat warning, in place from Monday afternoon through to Thursday night, when temperatures are expected to drop."

While most of us are glad to see a bit of sunshine, this extreme weather warning is in place to remind us of the dangers of high temperatures. There are a whole host of problems that can occur when the weather gets hot, so it's important that you know how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave. Take a look at our hints and tips to help keep you safe if you're sitting out in the heat this week!

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One of the easiest ways to bring your outdoor area to life is to fill it with a wide variety of plants and flowers. This time of year, just before spring, is the perfect time to sow some seeds and watch them flourish. So, if you're interested in adding some plants and flowers to your decking, but you don't know where to start, just keep reading.

how to decorate your deck with plants

Which plants should you grow on your decking?

Whether you're a green-fingered plant parent or not, one of the most fundamental things to think about when you're choosing plants is the amount of available light. When you're deciding which plants would be best suited to your deck, start by thinking about the position of your deck in the garden. Is it in a shaded area or does it get a lot of sun for most of the day? 

Most plants will thrive in the sunshine, but there are some plants that may become scorched if they're sat in the sun for too long (particularly in summer). Here are a few plants for you to consider, depending on whether your deck is bright or shaded.

Shaded Decking

Shaded decking lends itself as a wonderful home for shade-loving perennials. These plants don't require too much sunlight to thrive but will certainly add some texture and colour to a darker area of your garden.

begonias

  • Lysimachia congestiflora (Creeping Jenny) - This plant has pretty yellow flowers and thick green foliage. 
  • Begonias (shown above) There are a few different varieties of begonias, all of which thrive in pots.
  • Heucheras - These perennial plants provide colour all year round. If you combine different species you can create a beautiful patchwork effect.

Bright Decking

Decking that sits in direct sunlight for most of the day is a great spot for sun-loving plants! These plants need a bit of extra care because the soil can dry out quickly. Have a watering can ready if you want to decorate your deck with these plants.

lavender

  • Artemisia (Silver Mound) - Known for its delicate foliage, this plant is able to retain its shape and colour, even during the warm summer months.
  • Lavender (shown above) - This well-known plant has a relaxing aroma and bright purple flowers that will look beautiful on your deck. It thrives in bright, warm conditions.
  • Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) - This species is one of those great, basically un-killable plants. it has colourful flowers loves to live in the sunshine.

One of the greatest ways to decorate your deck with plants is to create a planter made of composite decking. We've helped lots of our customers incorporate a planter into their deck designs and the results are always stunning. Once your planter is in place, you'll be able to curate your very own flower garden or grow a variety of herbs, fruit and veg! 

composite decking planter

The benefit of using high-quality composite decking is that it won't rot, warp or fade over time. This means your new garden planter will look just as good as the rest of your deck for years to come. 

If you'd like to incorporate a planter into your deck design, get in touch with the TimberTech team. This is an innovative way to decorate your deck with plants and get it looking bright and lively in time for spring.

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spring 2021

Can you believe that Spring is just around the corner? 2020 was such a strange and upsetting year, and we're sure that most of you are looking forward to spring 2021! With vaccinations taking place across the UK, it shouldn't be long until our lives can return back to some kind of normality.

That being said, things might not be completely normal straight away. It's likely that interactions between households will continue to be regulated and might even be limited to outdoor spaces and gardens for a while. If you get your garden ready for the sunny months ahead now, then you'll be ready when the time comes for us to see our friends and family again!

Treat yourself to a new TimberTech deck and you'll be ready to lap up the sunshine in spring 2021. Let's take a look at a few popular decking options and explore the different ways you can get your garden ready for the sunny months ahead.

Best Composite Decking for Your Spring Garden

We know that money is tight for a lot of people at the moment, but that shouldn't mean that you compromise on the quality of your garden renovation. If you're looking for a high-quality composite decking option that won't break the bank, take a look at our EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey decking

edge maritime grey

The beautiful contemporary grey shade combined with the beautiful wood-grain effect makes this decking the perfect addition to any modern garden. Like all of our composite decking ranges, EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey is incredibly easy to maintain and even comes with a 25-year warranty so you know it'll look incredible for years to come. We've dropped the price from £61.76 per m² to only £55.00 per m².

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Add some planters

Another great way to get your garden ready for spring 2021 (and use up any leftover decking) is to create a wonderful garden planter. This is a great way to prepare a space for new plants and flowers that will thrive in the spring.

garden planter

These are a great addition to your garden and will also match perfectly with your decking if you use your leftover boards. Of course, if you'd prefer to make standalone planters, you can use any large container. We've seen people use everything from garden pots to old bathtubs!

Seating area

If there's one thing you're sure to make use of during spring 2021, it's a comfortable seating area. Whether you want to entertain guests or relax in the sun with a good book, incorporating a seating area into your garden for spring/summer is not a decision you'll regret.

decking seating area

Spring accessories

Another great way to give your garden a refresh for spring is to update your garden accessories. Think about the kinds of activities you'll want to do this spring, then you can tailor the accessories to suit your needs. 

Want to eat alfresco more often this spring? Take a look at upgrading your BBQ, invest in a new table or think about building your very own pizza oven!

Want to spend more time in the garden relaxing? Consider adding a free-standing hammock or sun lounger, get a fire pit for the colder evenings and make sure you've got a parasol to protect you while your sunbathing.

Want to entertain more guests this year? Invest in an outdoor bar, a garden room or shelter and install some waterproof lights so you can party into the night.

However you see your garden evolving for spring 2021, now is the time to get your plans in action. Get in touch with the TimberTech team to order your composite decking now.

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