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Creating a garden that can be enjoyed by the whole family is a primary objective for many homeowners looking to revamp their outdoor space.

This is a concern that is often held in particularly high regard for those with young families and older relatives.

Both children and the elderly can be at greater risk to trips, falls and injury, so a safe decking area is paramount.

Here are a few top tips to keep your decking as safe as houses.

 

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Slip-Hazards

If you’re intending on using your deck for activities likely to result in a wet surface, it’s worth investing in the appropriate slip-resistant decking material.

Whether you’re considering investing in a swimming pool or hot tub, the likelihood of the surrounding decking becoming covered in splashes and spills is a veritable certainty.

Invest in capped composite decking to keep slip hazards to a minimum. Protected with a polymer sleeve, capped composite decking is extremely moisture-resistant and dries notably quicker than other decking materials.

 

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Hand Rails

For additional safety for your deck users, it may be worth adding a handrail system to your decking area. In addition to looking sleek and stylish, they also boast a number of safety benefits.

Composite deck railings can help provide stability for users, which can be particularly reassuring if your deck is elevated off the ground, e.g. a roof or balcony. Meanwhile, even on level ground, handrails double up as an effective boundary to contain exploring youngsters.

For additional designer flair, why not consider our range of glass balustrade surrounds, perfect for safely enclosing your deck area, while maintaining complete transparency for total visibility.

 

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Lighting

Adding appropriate lighting can not only be a great way to make the most of your decking area after the sun goes down but it can also be a fantastic way to illuminate potential hazards to deck dwellers.

Adding built-in deck lights into your decking design is an effective way to highlight decking edges around the perimeter, while they can also be used to great effect on steps and stairs to accentuate their presence.

For any elderly family and friends that may suffer from deteriorating eyesight, this can be particularly useful and help limit potential trips and falls by warning of changing height levels.

 

For more decking safety tips or additional information about how to limit hazards in your deck design, why not drop us a line? Call now on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to get in touch online now.

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So, you’ve finally decided to go ahead and purchase composite decking from one of our stunning decking ranges, congratulations on a very wise investment! However, the decision making doesn’t end there. A host of questions still remain now that you have chosen the flooring option for your outdoor living space. To make things easier for you, we’re going to run through a few things that you may want to consider when building your deck.

Location

The location in your outdoor space where your deck is going to be built may already be determined before making your purchase, however, after deciding to choose our composite decking you may think that your new deck may be better suited within a different position. This could be due to our decking complimenting a certain feature or area in your garden, taking advantage of a specific view or to be more or less exposed to the weather and elements. All of these things may impact the location in where your deck may be built.

Installation

The way in which your new deck is going to be installed is another thing you may need to think about. If you have adequate DIY skills, you may decide that you can save time and money by installation your deck boards yourself. If you don’t possess the skills, however, you may decide to utilise our installation fitting service with our team of professional and friendly deck installers, allowing you to sit back and relax while your dream outdoor living space comes to life.

Design, Size & Shape

The design, size and shape of your new deck will be dependent on the location that you decide to build it. Once a decision has been made on where your deck will be built, you can then proceed with choosing the design. This is something that we can also provide assistance with our deck design inspiration and FREE 3D deck design service. Here you are able to view an array of deck designs, including a range of layouts and patterns and then watch see your design come to life by collaborating with our expert team of CAD designers.

Extras: Balustrades, Lighting & Steps

Basic platform decks are by far the simplest to build and offer a classic, clean appearance. If it’s an eye-catching deck that you’re after however, this is something that you may want to avoid. As a result, a multi-level deck may be the deck for you. If this is the case and your deck now sits higher than a few feet off the ground, a balustrade system and steps may be something worth considering. We offer a variety of balustrade, railing systems and steps that not only provide an extra element of safety but also add a stylish touch to your deck. If you plan on utilising your new outdoor space at all times throughout the day and night, installing deck lights may also be an added benefit, allowing and anyone else to see your beautiful new deck no matter the time.

These aren’t all the things that you need to consider when building your deck, but will definitely go a long way in helping you achieve your dream outdoor living space. If you require any further information or assistance with any of the mentioned points or services, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. Call us on 02920 803 756 or email us at info@timbertechuk.co.uk where a member of our customer service team will be more than happy to help.

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Here at TimberTech, we specialise in more than just high-quality, low-maintenance decking – we also happen to know a thing or two about installing composite decking rails.

Whether you already have a decking or are getting a deck installed, adding a handrail to the edge of your decked area has benefits both practically and aesthetically. Installing a composite decking rail looks great and can help prevent any unfortunate falls – particularly important if your decking covers a raised area.

So, if you’ve never fit a handrail before and want to get an idea of what to expect, you’ve come to the right place! All of TimberTech’s decking rails are made to be as simple as possible to fit – because we like making your life easier.

 To help you along the way, we’ve put together a basic checklist of things to consider when installing a composite decking rail:  

Pick your material

Before we can get into how to fit your decking handrail, you first need to select the material you want – TimberTech offers a deck handrail or a sturdy aluminium railing depending on the look you’re after. Both are incredibly low-maintenance and look great!

Plan ahead

Installing a composite decking rail can be tricky business without the proper prep. It may sound obvious, but it’s important you take the time to carefully plan exactly where you’ll feature the handrail on your composite decking – do you want it around the whole perimeter or just the one side? Use your measurements to order the decking handrail in a quantity that meets your specs.

Secure your posts

Secure the base posts of your decking handrail in the selected corners, these act as the foundation of your decking rail – the rest of your handrail will be assembled around these. Use the baseplates to keep the posts secure, it’s important your posts and baseplates are in the correct place before you permanently fix them here – if they are the wrong distance apart it can throw off the rest of your measurements!  

The Handrail

Secure the ‘corner connectors’ to the top of your posts – the handrail will be connected between these. Go along the length of the decking, securing corner connectors and adding the handrail between them till your handrail runs as desired between all of the posts.

Extra Details

While you should now have the basic outline of your decking handrail, a lot of the finer installation details will depend on the specific composite decking rail you have decided upon. Generally, the next thing to do will involve slotting the extra posts into place between your corner posts – whatever the next step, with TimberTech the installation process should never be too difficult, so get out those instructions and finish off your handrail!

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We hope these handy tips on how to fit a decking handrail have made the whole task seem far less daunting! But, if you’re feeling unsure, or are simply too busy to undertake the decking rail installation yourself, you can always make use of our team. They install decking professionally, it will be no bother for them to install your handrail for you! Hit the button below to find out more!

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If you have any queries or questions about the handrail options offered by TimberTech, feel free to get in touch! Drop us a line at info@timbertechuk.co.uk or give us a bell on 029 2080 3756. It’s what we’re here for!

There are so many benefits to having decking if you have the space for it - it looks great, it adds value, it’s low-maintenance and it's practical as well.

But the deck itself is not necessarily the end of the makeover – is the deck raised? Or do you have a multi-level design which facilitates steps? Do you want to frame your deck ? or do you have small children? If so you are likely to benefit from adding a Railing System – to frame and provide safety.


There are two types of decking handrails that we recommend - composite, or aluminium. TimberTech offers some of the best variants of these, and we're going to explore the benefits of each:

Composite

If you really want an authentic finish to your decking, make sure you go with composite handrails. You can find out more about our range of handrails by clicking on this link. So, why should you go with the composite style, over any other? Well, there are a large number of reasons, but the first one that comes to mind is durability. You want something that is going to excel in all weather conditions and will also be very low-maintenance for you - and that's what makes our composite handrail the perfect choice.

 



Aluminium

At TimberTech, we aren't just thinking practically, we know that you want to make a visual impact as well. That's why we came up with aluminium impression rail. This is the sort of handrail that will make your decking the talk of the town, and help it stand out against the rest. If you want to read a little more about it we have included a link here for you to check out. With a sturdy design, and effortlessly modern aesthetic, this is the ideal handrail for your decking.

 

 

Showing off your decking, as the centrepiece to your garden is essential. You're going to be using the decking a lot, and it's important that you keep it as durable and visually appealing as you possibly can. This means you have to get the different elements of it spot on, and you can start with the handrails!

  

 

Looking to improve your garden by creating the perfect space to unwind and entertain outdoors on a warm evening? TimberTech's EasyClean Ashwood decking and glass balustrade offer the ideal pairing to bring this fantastic garden feature to your home. 


Ashwood decking

TimberTech's Ashwood decking comes in a beautiful silver-grey colour and a huge range of fashionable garden designs. If silver grey is not your thing, the decking is available in mocha and tigerwood too. You also have a choice of a grooved or ungrooved profile. This decking is perfect for busy homeowners with an eye for contemporary fashion. 

 



Like all of TimberTech's products, the gorgeous silver boards of the Ashwood decking require virtually no maintenance at all. Every board is fitted with a wraparound coating that keeps moisture out, and makes it very easy to clean up in the event of a spill. The wrapping makes this decking perfect for the merciless British weather; whatever Mother Nature throws at it; the decking will stay looking lovely for years to come. 

The boards are 24mm thick with each board having dimensions of 4.8m by 136mm. TimberTech provides a 25-year warranty with fade and stain cover included. 

Glass Balustrade

The perfect partner to the Ashwood decking is Timbertech's glass and stainless-steel balustrade. This balustrade adds a modern feel to the decking and is both elegant and extremely functional. The style will fit in with any kind of home whether you're in the country, in the city or at the seaside.

 


The glass panels give you a great view of your garden, with the stainless-steel handrail finishing the design in striking form. Plus, every post comes with a base plate cover which hides the fixings and gives every part of the balustrade an extra bit of shine. 

Not only is this product beautiful and functional, it's also exceedingly strong. The handrail, made of satin polished marine grade 316 stainless steel, is much stronger than any wooden equivalent. The glass panels are 10mm thick with toughened ultra-strong glass that will never shatter. 

 



The balustrade is modular and so very easy to assemble. Each post is 48mm across. Maximum post centres are 1200mm. Glass panels of up to 1400mm can be added. The handrail can be fitted with rigid saddle supports or jointed so you can fit stairs. 

If you want to find out more about Timbertech's products, call 02920803756.

 

 

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