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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.

 

things to consider before building decking

 

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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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.

 

veranda decking

 

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…

 

veranda decking

 

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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Here at TimberTech, we are often asked how composite decking compares to other decking materials. With so many different decking options on the market, it can be difficult to determine which decking is the most suitable for your garden. In this blog, we take a look at ipe decking to find out what it is and how it compares to composite decking.

Ipe Tree

What is Ipe Decking?

Ipe decking comes from a large species of timber trees called Handroanthus which are indigenous to Central America, Northern Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. Handroanthus trees are often kept as ornamental trees because they produce large and beautiful yellow flowers (as you can see here). Ipe decking has grown in popularity over recent years because it is incredibly hard, durable and naturally insect resistant.

Problems with Ipe Decking:

While ipe decking is one of the more durable natural wood options on the market, it is not without its problems.

  • It can be incredibly difficult to cut and work with because it is so hard and heavy.
  • It needs to acclimatise to your garden to prevent it from splitting or splintering over time.
  • Garden debris left on the surface of ipe decking will stain it. You will need to clean it regularly to prevent this.
  • In direct sunlight, the colour of ipe decking will fade quickly. To combat this, you need to frequently reseal the surface of the deck.

Why choose composite decking?

Composite decking is made using a combination of natural hardwood and polymer which means the finished boards have the natural charm of wood decking but don’t require any of the tedious preparation or maintenance.

  • Composite deck boards never need to be stained, sealed or painted.
  • The synthetic material in the boards prevents them from cracking and splintering like wood.
  • Composite decking is designed to be fade resistant, so it will look great for longer.
  • Composite decking looks just like real timber.

At TimberTech we offer lots of different styles and colours of composite decking, so there’s no doubt you’ll find one that complements your garden perfectly. Why not order 2 FREE samples and see the high-quality of our boards for yourself? If you have any questions, contact us today.

It’ll soon be Christmas, so it’s time to start thinking about how your TimberTech decking can reach its full festive potential. We have put together a selection of decorative ideas that are sure to complement all of our TimberTech products.

Add a Christmas Wreath

A Christmas wreath is the perfect outdoor decoration, combining evergreen branches with decorative ribbons and pine cones. We think a Christmas wreath (or two) would look gorgeous hung from your TimberTech Radiance Rail

Let There Be Light

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without lights. If you haven’t already, we recommend investing in our Energy-Efficient Led Decking Lights. Available in five different colours, these lights will not only make your decking look incredibly Christmassy, but they will also ensure you can use your decking safely throughout the winter months – a great investment or gift.

Alternatively, you could invest in some waterproof Christmas lights and intersperse them through your trees and wind them around your decking to achieve a similar festive effect!

Beautiful Baubles

Add a touch of Christmas to the garden with some beautiful outdoor baubles. We think silver and red baubles, like the ones you see here, perfectly complement our EasyClean Terrain Composite Decking in Silver Maple. For warmer decking shades like Elm or Birch, you could use gold and copper baubles to achieve a similar effect.

Decorating your outdoor areas for Christmas can be just as fun as decorating the house! These are just a few ideas, but we’re sure once you start, you’ll think of many more. 

One of the fantastic aspects of TimberTech's composite deck boards is the longevity and durability that they provide. With the ability to last for such a long time, there is no wonder why we provide a 30-year warranty on all of our composite decking boards, ensuring both quality and reliability and giving you the ease of mind that you will not have to replace your deck soon after getting it installed.

To illustrate this, take a look at the infographic we have made to show the journey over the 30-year warranty. (click here to expand)

Infographic Transcript

We offer a 30-year warranty on our composite decking boards! But let's put that in real terms. Imagine a beautiful baby boy named Dec was born on the same day you TimberTech decking was fitted. A lot can change over the course of 30 years, but as you're about to see, TimberTech decking can stand the test of time!

6 Months 

Baby Dec is starting to learn how to sit up unsupported - The beautiful composite wood decking looks as good as the first day it was fitted

1 Years Old

Baby Dec is crawling and learning to walk! - Still looking 10/10 - the deck boards show no signs of damage or splintering

4 Years Old

Walking and talking, Dec is off for his first day of primary school - Your TimberTech deck is still looking great, plus it's slip-resistant which is ideal for kids

11 Year Old

Primary school all done and dusted, Dec is about to start secondary school - Still in tip-top shape. Guests frequently compliment your 'new' decking. You explain you've had it 11 years

17 Years Old 

Dec is revising for his A-levels and deciding what to study at uni - Your new deck endured a cold, snowy winter and still looks amazing

21 Years Old

Dec graduates from university and hosts a garden party to celebrate - Despite being tested by many parties and social events, your TimberTech decking is still beautiful and scratch-free

25 Years Old 

Dec has a new job and comes back home to visit with his girlfriend - A quarter of a century later, and your TimberTech decking is still free from splintering, warping and rot

30 Years Old

Now married, Dec and his wife bring home their child to see the family and play in the garden - Your TimberTech decking has been with you for a full 30 years and has continued to look great despite almost no maintenance duties!

All of our composite deck board products are available via FREE samples, to order yours, click on the sample button below to visit our sample page. If you have any questions regarding our range of composite deck boards then please do not hesitate to contact us today!

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