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When it comes to doing up a house, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the interior house renovation and simply overlook the outside space.

As a result, it can come as quite a revelation when you finally do take the time to focus on your external property and commit to garden renovation.

That being said, an outdoor redesign isn’t a walk in the park: things can and usually do go wrong, leading to unforeseen headaches and hassles you could do without.

To help you through the dark times and limit the roadblocks along the way, we’ve outlined the whole process below with this guide to decking garden renovation.

 

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Step 1: Plan

There’s an old military phrase that rings true in a number of fields – garden renovation being one of them – and it goes like this: “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents P**s Poor Performance”.

Crude, maybe. Accurate, without question. While you may not need military precision for your garden revamp, it certainly does pay to be organised.

In order to ensure your project goes off without a hitch, prior planning is key. The last thing you need is to get halfway through a project and realise it’s not quite as you envisioned.

Sketch out how you want your garden to look and where you want your deck to be positioned. Simply putting pen to paper can go a long way in helping you visualise what your new garden will look like.

Be sure to record dimensions and measurements in your sketch where possible. This will help you when it comes to pricing up quotes for materials down the line.

 

Step 2: Design

Once you’ve settled on the where’s and how’s, it’s time to pick out the what’s by choosing a design and making that mental plan begin to take a physical shape.

At TimberTech, we have a huge selection of composite decking designs on hand to give you the ultimate freedom of choice: from the quintessential charm of the EasyClean Legacy Vintage White to the ominous mystique of the EasyClean Tropical Storm Grey.

What’s more, in addition to a myriad of individual design ranges, we also have a choice of composite decking board types to choose from as well, providing both capped and uncapped composite decking.

While uncapped composite decking is inherently hard-wearing and sturdy, our capped composite range is as good as it gets. Boasting a protective polymer sleeve for moisture protection, capped decking is virtually impermeable and extremely durable, even in the harshest of conditions.

 

Step 3: Execute

Right, you’ve planned your design, you’ve chosen your board of choice and you’ve had them all delivered to your front door. Now what?

If you happen to be a confident and competent MVP of DIY, you may fancy your chances at installing your own deck. Self-installation can be cheaper and is a common option for those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and/or have the time to do so.

That being said, laying down composite decking can be tricky, so you may want to call in our team of experts to help with installation. After all, garden renovations don’t often come cheap, so it’s worth getting it right first time. A botched job now could cause untold damage later on.

If you do plan on installing the decking yourself, be sure to refer back to the Decking Installation Resources for details. Alternatively, why not have a browse at our TimberTech Installation Videos for a fool-proof, step-by-step guide.

 

Step 4: Maintain

Once your deck is finished and your garden renovation is complete, all that’s left to do dust off that sun lounger, set it to recline and pop that bottle of wine in celebration of a job well done.

Composite decking is intrinsically low-maintenance requiring very little upkeep, giving you fewer things to worry about and more time to relax.

If you do want to keep your decking surface in tip-top condition over the coming weeks, months and years, simply give it a scrub and a once over with a jetwash to periodically to keep it looking as good as the day it arrived.

 

For more information on doing up a house with garden decking, why not drop us a line today? Call on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to find out all you could want to know ahead of your garden renovation.

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Dogs can make a wonderful addition to the family home and can, more often than not, become a much-loved part of the family themselves.

However, like any family member, living with them does require a degree of sacrifice at times. From holiday headaches to vet bills, owning a dog isn’t always a walk in the park.

That being said, one sacrifice no dog owner should have to make is their dreams of garden decking. Luckily, you can have your cake and eat it with a diet of composite decking from TimberTech.

Dogs and Composite Decking

One of the primary concerns many dog owners have over incorporating decking into their home design is its potential for dog-ravaged destruction. After all, why pay top dollar for designer decking if it’s going to fall foul to canine claws in no time?

Despite those logical reservations, composite decking and dogs can actually make a natural fit. This is especially true when it comes to dogs and the top-quality decking from TimberTech.

Our composite decking is inherently cool and doesn’t absorb the heat, making it the perfect lounge area for a doggy daydream on a lazy summer’s day. Meanwhile, it’s low porosity also makes it extremely slip-resistant, providing a firm surface for overzealous paws, even after bouts of rain.

What’s more, composite decking will never splinter, providing your furry friend with a safe surface that won’t hide any hidden dangers. Most of our composite decking boards also come with a 30-year warranty too, providing your canine companion with a dog-friendly deck that will last a lifetime.

 

Best Decking Material for Dogs

When it comes to knowing what is the best decking material for dogs, there’s no question about it, capped composite decking wins every time, paws down.

In addition to boasting all the benefits of traditional composite decking, each capped composite decking board is extremely resistant to scratches and abrasions, giving you the ultimate dog-proof decking solution on the market.

That being said, when it comes to keeping your deck clean and tidy, dogs can really mess things up – and we mean that quite literally…

 

Say “No-No” to Doo-Doo

A prime concern of dog owners that are considering decking is their pooch’s penchant for toilet breaks. A quick search online will see a whole host of horror stories emerge about dogs giving their owner’s new decking a urinary paint job (or even worse).

If you too share this concern, capped composite decking could put your mind at rest. Capped composite decking from TimberTech comes complete with a protective polymer sleeve that’s incredibly moisture resistant.

In the event that your hound does a howler on your new decking, the capped composite nature of the boards will leave your surface completely protected. Simply wipe clean, discard of the evidence and your deck will be as good as new!

Best of all, our capped composite decking even comes with additional fade and stain cover included in the warranty, giving you even more protection and further peace of mind.

 

What are you waiting for, dog owners? Start living your decking dreams today with Fido by your side! Call 029 2080 3756 now for more information or click the button below to get in touch online.

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There was a time when decking required a whole host of treatments in order to keep the boards looking sharp, healthy and colourful, year after year.

Worse still, these processes had to be done with frustrating regularity, making timber maintenance a regular chore for homeowners that opted for decky décor.

Luckily, that all changed with the introduction of “no fade” composite decking in the late ‘90s and the UK has been enjoying long-lasting colour in their outdoor design ever since.

But is composite decking fade proof? And, if not, just how fade resistant is it?

We aim to answer that question and more right here, as we shine a light on the fade-fighting capabilities of composite decking boards.

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Do composite decks fade?

Unlike traditional timber, composite decking is extremely fade resistant and capable of maintaining its “like new” looks for years to come.

Meanwhile, our capped composite decking features additional fade protection in the form of a shielding polymer sleeve for the ultimate protection against sun fading.

 

Is composite decking fade-proof?

Despite its unrivalled powers of fade resistance, as the saying goes, Father Time is undefeated and the passing of time can take its toll even on the durable surface of composite decking.

The sun impacts materials at an atomic level, breaking down chemical bonds and fading colours in the process. As such, virtually all man-made materials will suffer some form of fading when exposed to a continued onslaught of UV rays.

While composite decking is extremely resistant to fading, it isn’t “fade-proof” per se. Any company that boasts such claims is suspect at best – so avoid at all costs.

 

Effects of sun on composite decking

The sun’s impact on a surface depends largely on the durability of the material in question. The poorer the material, the worse the fade will be.

Continued exposure to the elements can naturally lead to a gradual discolouration, particularly in the event of continued exposure to extreme sun and heat.

Despite this fact, the effects of sunlight are far more forgiving on composite decking than traditional wood. Natural wood will fade to a dull grey, whereas composite decking will merely get marginally lighter in tone.

For capped composite decking, our capped products will experience little to no colour change in its 25-year lifespan. So confident are we in this statement that we even offer 25-year fade and stain warranty for our capped composite decking options, with some products even offering a 30-year warranty with fade and stain cover.

 

Composite Decking from TimberTech

Not all composite decking is created equally and, as such, the level of fade-resistance can vary dramatically from one brand to the next.

Composite decking from TimberTech is made to the highest standard with the highest quality materials. Backed by a 25 to 30-year warranty, opting for TimberTech decking is a wise option and a safe choice for colour longevity.

 

For more information on TimberTech composite decking, call 029 2080 3756 today or drop us a line 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.

 

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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.

 

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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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