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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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Read More: Decking Trends 2021

With the end of 2020 in sight (thank goodness!), 2021 is fast approaching and with it comes a whole host of new outdoor trends that homeowners and outdoor designers will be keen to implement into their planned outdoor redesigns.

Here at TimberTechUK, we love keeping on top of all things modern and trendy in the decking world and bringing them to you, our loyal customers. So, here we bring the decking trends that we think will take 2021 by storm! 

 

Staycations 

We doubt that the word 'staycation' was ever said prior to 2020 but as a result of COVID-19 stopping us from travelling abroad for our holidays, many of us have been forced to stay in the UK for our planned breaks. This has led to many people visiting and experiencing parts of Britain that they've never been to before, however, many people have also chosen to invest the money that would've gone onto a holiday away into improving their own homes and in particular, their gardens and decks.

This is a trend that we expect to fully continue going into 2021 with many households remaining reluctant to travel overseas and instead using the money to create an improved living space in their very own home.

 

Creative deck designs 

Creative outdoor designs were something that we predicted would pick up throughout 2020. This was definitely the case with some outstanding outdoor plans being brought to life and something we fully expect to continue moving into the new year with creativity becoming commonplace. A few of the creative deck design features that we expect to make a return throughout 2021 include:

  • Varying boards widths 
  • Single and double picture frames 
  • Multiple board colours 
  • Breaker boards 
  • Unique inlays 

 

Deck lighting 

A staple in the deck design world, lighting continues to become an essential element of any modern deck design. This is in no way, shape or form going to slow down as we enter 2021, with more decks being designed to incorporate lighting features.

As a result of more people and families potentially staying put throughout 2021, enabling your deck to become a place where you can spend even more time has never been more important. Adding deck lights allows you and your family to continue enjoying your outdoor space even when the sun has set. Their simple installation also means that you can become creative when choosing where to install them.

 

Covered decks 

The final 2021 decking trend that we think will gain more traction is covered decks! As people move away from seeing their garden as a separate space to being more integrated with their interior space, covered decks are becoming a more popular garden feature. 

With a plethora of cover options to choose from, including awnings, verandas and pergolas, there really is no excuse to not consider adding some deck cover next year. Not only does it provide essential shelter when the weather decides to act up, but it also brings an eye-catching element to your garden that most do not have. Also with suitable cover, you are able to bring your inside outside and create a proper outdoor space! Decorate your deck with accessories and items that match the design of the interior of your home to bring a true transition from outside to in!

 

And there you have it, TimberTechUK's 2021 decking trends! We're excited to see how next year plays out and all of the wonderful deck designs that are sure to emerge. For more deck ideas and inspiration, be sure to visit our design page below, we're sure it has something that can spark your imagination! 

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As the old saying goes, "if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail." This is often used for many scenarios in life, whether that's before an exam, a presentation or just day-to-day life itself. It can also be applied to deck design, however. As failing to prepare a new deck sufficiently, will only lead to far greater problems later down the line.

When it comes to installing a new deck in your garden, the planning and design phase is probably just as, if not more important than the actual installation. With so many variables to account for, such as the number of deck boards required, fittings and fixtures such as screws and clips and how best to utilise the space you have in your outdoor area, there is huge room for error. By precisely planning your deck, you minimise the chances of things going wrong, leading to a smooth and easy deck build, something that every homeowner would want! 

So, how do you go about planning a deck project? TimberTechUK are here to tell you! 

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Planning your deck project 

For the planning of your deck project, there are several things that you'll need to consider. The first of these is where in your garden is your deck going to be located. This may not seem like a particularly important issue but trust us, it is. Knowing the optimal location for your deck may be the most important part of the whole planning process, as the last thing you want is to finish installing your deck to realise it would have been better suited on the opposite end of your garden.

Understanding where the sun rises and sets in relation to your garden should be a priority. Ideally, you'll want your deck to be in the sun for as long as possible, so learning the sun's path should be one of the first things you do to ensure you're not left in the dark (unless that's what you want).

The next thing to consider when planning your deck is the nature of exit and entry to your home. If you want to utilise existing doors, steps and walkways in your garden then you'll need to plan the design of your deck around these. If not, you may find your deck becomes an awkward feature that doesn't allow you to get around your garden as easy as you first thought. By building your deck to compliment your building, you will create an outdoor space that feels like an extension of your inside, rather than just another exterior structure. 

Planning permission is another crucial element of any deck planning process. In the UK, there are rules around the size of your deck in relation to the size of your building and garden. For example, surfaces including decking, are not permitted to cover more than 50% of a property's garden. Therefore, if you are considering installing a deck which does cover a large part of your outdoor space, it is recommended that you discuss your plans with your local authority planning office before you begin your installation. The following situations require planning permission before building a deck:

  • If your deck is installed within 20 metres of highway 
  • If your deck is more than 30mm (1ft) from the ground 
  • If any area of your deck exceeds 3m in height 
  • If your deck would affect the value or privacy of surrounding properties 
  • If the deck is situated within a conservation area or national park or is attached to a listed building

 

The design of your deck

Understanding and knowing what deck design you're going to have is also another crucial element in the planning process. The way in which you're going to use your deck will have an impact on the way the sub-frame is designed and built. Typical deck designs include:

  • Ground-level decks
  • Partially-elevated decks 
  • Elevated decks 
  • Multi-level decks 

If you plan on building your deck for a large number of people, for example at a bar or restaurant, you may need to look at commercial specifications such as fire-retardant-treated sub-frames and deck boards that have high levels of grip or slip-resistance. The direction that you'd like your deck boards to be installed will also dictate how your joists and sub-frame is built. Deck boards with smaller cross-sections will need more joists and greater support.

During the design process, always plan to a deck with is free draining. For suitable water run-off, your deck should be installed on a slight gradient (at least 1 in 80). Install grooved decking down the fall to allow run-oof and ensure the groove ends can drain freely. You may be required to pack out the fascia. Installing deck boards in a particular way, such as a quadrant or checkerboard pattern can hinder drainage resulting in more frequent maintenance requirements.

 

Safety measures 

Safety should always play an important role in the planning of your deck project. Whether it's to do with the type of boards you use, the number of levels you intend to incorporate or how hight from the ground your deck is built. Either way, you should always consider what risks are involved with the finished deck when going through each stage of the planning process. 

One way of increasing the safety levels of your deck whilst contributing to an attractive design is through the addition of balustrades. These can serve several functions, ranging from decorative edging to full-blown safety barriers, particularly on multi-level decks. The height of the balustrade that you add to your deck will again depend on how far the deck surface is off the ground. For lower-level decks up to 600mm from the ground, the height of your balustrade should be 900mm. For higher-level decks that sit over 600mm high, the balustrade height should be 1100mm.

Carefully planning how to incorporate these safety measures is of vital importance. 

 

Ready, set, go

Once you have considered all of the above points, your deck plan should be ready to go. Ensure everything that you need is in place to make your installation go as smoothly as possible. If you require information on how to install your deck, you can visit our installation resources page or watch our video below.

 

Alternatively, you can get in touch with a member of the TimbrTech team if you require more information on how to plan or install your new deck!

Splitting your garden over different layers is a great way to maximise space. In fact, adding tiered decking and steps is one of the best-known tricks in the garden design industry to help make small gardens appear bigger. When your entire garden exists on one plane, things can look flat and uninteresting. That's why outdoor steps are becoming increasingly popular. Of course, when you decide to add outdoor steps to your garden, you want to feel reassured that they'll look good, last a long time and be perfectly safe for everyone in your household to use.

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2019 has been a year of amazing decks and garden transformations for our clients, and it doesn't look like we'll be slowing down as we head into the new 'deck'ade!

If you're considering a spot of renovation in the new year, or if you're looking for some garden inspiration then look no further. We've scoured the internet and consulted our customer feedback to give you a good idea of the decking trends you can expect to see in 2020. Let's dive right in..

composite decking configuration

Creative Configurations

Whether you combine different colours, grains or board orientations, something that's not going anywhere in 2020 is creative configurations!

In modern gardens, a simple rectangular deck in a single block of colour is likely to look completely out of place (unless you love the minimalist vibe). 

So, if you're someone with a range of eclectic garden furniture, ornaments and beautiful flowerbeds, we expect you'll opt for an interesting deck design. 

Here you can see an example of a TimberTech deck that was created using two of our gorgeous brown shades and was strategically laid to create a space with character that leads the eye across the garden space. Want to create something similar in your own garden?

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 composite decking cable railing

Cable Railings

We' expect a  rise in the number of garden spaces being given an 'industrial' makeover. Metals, bold lines and shabby-chic furniture will be popping up in gardens up and down the country, and our chunky cable railing will fit right in! 

This railing option prevents slips and falls off the edge of your decking without obstructing your view of the garden. Perfect for you sun worshipers who plan to spend plenty of time in the garden in Summer 2020!

Better yet, our cable railings are infinitely easier to upkeep than glass or wood balustrades because they're made from marine grade stainless steel and are resistant to corrosion. They won't show mucky finger marks like glass, and they won't need sanding or sealing like wooden rails. 

With 2020 set to be another busy year, low maintenance & high impact garden additions are going to become a household staple. Learn more about our cable railing here...

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composite decking balcony 

Rooftop Decks & Balconies

We've had the pleasure of working on a handful of rooftop projects in 2019, and we're really looking forward to taking on a few more projects like this in the new year! 

Predictions show that summer 2020 is going to be another scorcher, and in our opinion, there's no better way to spend a hot summers day than sitting on your balcony or rooftop with a cold drink and enjoying the scenery. So, why not make the most of your roof space and convert it into a TimberTech terrace!

We know what you're thinking wouldn't a rooftop deck get really hot in the sunshine? You'll be pleased to learn that TimberTech's composite decking is resistant to heat. You'll be able to lay on a soft towel and worship the sun or wander around barefoot without the risk of sticking or stinging! 

Better still, our composite decking is fade resistant so even if it's in direct sunlight it won't lose its rich colour. You'll be able to enjoy your rooftop design year-after-year! Find out more about our rooftop balconies here...

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 We hope this gives you a better idea of the decking trends to expect in 2020. As always, if you have any questions, or if our decking predictions have sparked your interest, don't hesitate to contact a member of our friendly sales team. 

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