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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.

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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 its 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.

 

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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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So, you’ve decided on a veranda – now what?

When you’re thinking about sprucing up your home with a sizeable addition to your property, it’s easy to overlook some of the equally big decisions that come with it. For would-be verandarers, choosing veranda decking is unquestionably one of those biggies.

Beautiful decking can enhance an otherwise unremarkable veranda design, while a poor choice of decking can ruin a beautiful veranda. On the other hand, if you knock it out of the park with both, you can create an outdoor environment that isn’t just an extension to your house but a true showpiece of your dream home.

 

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Types of veranda decking

When choosing veranda decking, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be torn right away between the choice of traditional timber and modern composite decking.

Classic vs contemporary; charm vs practicality; authentic vs cutting-edge. Decisions, decisions!

For us at TimberTech, there’s no choice necessary – it’s composite all the way!

Made from a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, composite blends old with new in a perfect cocktail of decking delight.

Not convinced? Here’s a closer look at why composite decking is the best choice for your veranda…

 

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Benefits of composite decking

Offering all the perks of modern technological advancement with all the allure of a genuine wood-look finish, composite decking is the perfect middle man between synthetic plastic decking and traditional wood.

Better still, composite decking provides a far more authentic aesthetic than plastic yet also requires less maintenance than wood – virtually no upkeep at all – bringing together the best of both worlds in one perfect package.

Best of all, it also comes with a variety of other bonuses that will keep your veranda looking sleek and sharp for longer. Unlike traditional wood decking, composite decking doesn’t warp or fade in the sun, nor will it bow or crack like plastic. Meanwhile, composite also offers better slip-resistance, which can be an invaluable quality if young children or elderly relatives will be using your veranda.

 

Composite decking vs capped composite decking

If you’re already convinced and you now have your mind set on composite decking, there is one more choice to consider.

Underneath the overall range of “composite decking” sits two sub-categories: standard composite and capped composite. Capped composite decking offers additional benefits on top of the existing perks of composite decking.

In addition to being durable, low-maintenance and fade resistant (as well as visually stunning), capped composite also has the added advantage of being protected by a moisture-resistant polymer sleeve.

The addition of the extra layer of polymer makes capped composite boards extremely stain resistant – an ideal attribute if you plan on wining and dining on your veranda. Any spills can be easily wiped clean without so much as a drop of evidence left behind.

 

Why use TimberTech composite decking?

At TimberTech, we use a unique recycling process to breathe new life into re-usable hardwood, creating strong, durable boards that maintain their authentic beauty. Natural-looking, long-lasting and high quality, our composite decking is eco-friendly as well as economical, giving you environmental peace of mind to go with your beautifully decked veranda.

While composite can be more expensive for the initial outlay, it is undoubtedly a worthwhile investment to be made. Hardwood fades, soft wood warps and plastic can be an artificial eye-sore. If you need to replace your decking for any of these reasons, the cost of a substitute can far outweigh the initial saving.

Our products are built to last and stay looking youthful along the way. The modern materials ensure they keep their finish for years to come even though they require minimal upkeep. They won’t need staining or sealing – an occasional clean is all they’ll need to keep their “just laid” shine.

 

Sound too good to be true? Give us a call on 029 2080 3756 to find out first-hand or use the button below to order a FREE sample and see for yourself!

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We've spoken at length about the benefits of composite decking, but composite wood isn't just for decks! TimberTech also provides a great composite railing system, ideal for anyone looking to give their dream deck the perfect finish.

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What is composite railing?

Manufactured from the same advanced material as TimberTech decking, our composite railings provide stain, fade and abrasion resistant fencing to complement your durable composite decking.

Additionally, our composite railing is also made with a PVC co-extruded surface for an ultra-sturdy handrail that’s solid, dense and won’t fade or falter.

Part of the RadianceRail range, our composite railing products boast all the same contemporary benefits as our high-quality composite decking.

 

Why choose composite railing?

Our composite railings have all the aesthetic allure of natural wood with the added benefit of modern composite durability.

The composite construction means that your rail will be far better equipped to deal with inclement weather, as well as being able to withstand the test of time.

RadianceRail won’t rot like wood or crack like plastic and can maintain its look and performance year after year after year.

 

RadianceRail composite railing form TimberTech

Simple to install, no visible brackets/screws and minimal squeaks, creaks and rattles, the RadianceRail range is the modern railing for the 21st-century deck.

Crisp, clean and vibrant, our reliable composite railing is the perfect addition to any deck and extremely versatile. Whether you want to use it for a gate, porch or balcony, RadianceRail composite railing won’t let you down.

 

For more information on RadianceRail and our composite railing systems, drop us a line today. Call now on 029 2080 3756 or drop us an email using the button below.

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