Introduction to Decking
A deck can provide an outdoor space to relax, entertain guests, and enjoy the beautiful weather. However, before you begin building your timber deck, there are a few things that you should consider to ensure that the project is a success. That’s why we put together this short article to help you along you way.
Perfect Your Planning.
The first thing to consider is the planning phase. This is an essential step in ensuring that your project runs smoothly and meets your expectations. You should consider the following:
- Decking Design: You will be asking yourself “how do I design the right decking area for my space?” The main points to consider are the size, shape, and layout. You should think about how you want to use your deck and plan accordingly. eg. If you want to put heavy furniture on it and entertain lots of people, you will want to make sure the joists are closer to one another, or that you use anti-slip paint or a thicker board.
- Materials: The materials you use for your deck are critical. Consider the style of decking timber you want to use (such as smooth or grooved boards- both look fantastic). All of our decking timber is beautifully machined and treated redwood, giving you the best natural finish as well as providing the strength and longevity expected for such a product. You’ll also want to consider any other materials you may need, such as screws, nails, and joist hangers, all of which we provide on our site. You can get everything you need in one easy delivery!
- Location: Think about where you want to build your deck. Consider factors such as sun exposure, wind, and views. Will you want your decking on a raised level with steps or laid at ground level? You should also check with your local council to see if there are any permit/planning requirements.
Consider The Construction…
Once you have completed the planning phase, you can move on to the construction phase. This is where you will build your deck. Here are some things to consider during this phase:
- Level: Ensure that your deck is level. This is important for safety and will help your deck last longer. We provide a wide range of timber posts perfect for the base for a raised-level decking project. As well as the concrete postfix to make your job that bit easier!
- Joists: Joists are the horizontal beams that support the decking boards. Make sure they are spaced correctly, and use joist hangers to secure them to the support posts.
- Decking: When installing the decking boards, make sure they are spaced correctly and use the appropriate fasteners. Consider using a decking oil or stain to protect the timber from the elements.
Maintenance Is Key!
After your deck is built, you’ll want to ensure that it lasts for years to come. Here are some tips for maintaining your deck when you first build it and for years to come:
- Clean: Regularly clean your deck to remove dirt, grime, and any other debris. Use a stiff brush and warm water to get the dirt off. You can also jet-wash your treated timber decking.
- Inspect: Inspect your deck regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear.
- Treat: Treat your deck with a protective coating, such as a sealer or dedicated decking stain, to protect it from the elements.
In conclusion, building a wooden decking area can be a great addition to your home, making a statement in your garden and giving you much more area in your property to utilise in so many ways, but it requires careful planning, construction, and maintenance to last the test of time. By considering our advice outlined in this article, you can ensure that your deck is a success and lasts for years to come!
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