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how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave

If you were disappointed about not getting a dose of sun abroad this year, your prayers may have been answered. According to a recent Sky News report:

"The Met Office has issued amber and yellow thunderstorm warnings for large parts of central and southern England. It comes after it issued its first-ever extreme heat warning, in place from Monday afternoon through to Thursday night, when temperatures are expected to drop."

While most of us are glad to see a bit of sunshine, this extreme weather warning is in place to remind us of the dangers of high temperatures. There are a whole host of problems that can occur when the weather gets hot, so it's important that you know how to stay cool outdoors during a heatwave. Take a look at our hints and tips to help keep you safe if you're sitting out in the heat this week!

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to spend a lot more time at home - and unsurprisingly, the people of Britain have been getting far more use out of their gardens during lockdown.

In a survey conducted by composite decking specialists TimberTech, 62.5% of respondents said that, since the COVID-19 outbreak, they have been out in the garden much more often than before (250 out of 400 responses).

Graph - How often have you used your garden since the Covid outbreak?

A further 17% of respondents said they have been out in the garden slightly more often than before (68 out of 400 responses).

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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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England entered its second nationwide lockdown yesterday. The new restrictions replace the multi-tier system that was previously in effect, means that people in all parts of England must now stay at home and avoid contact with other households. Meanwhile, Wales is nearing the end of a two-week 'firebreak' lockdown, but future lockdowns have not been ruled out.

Whichever part of the UK you call home, limits on where you can go and how many people you can meet will probably remain in force for some time yet. Yes, 2020 is nearly at an end, but even with a new year just around the corner, there's little reason to believe that the coronavirus pandemic will be over any time soon.

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