With the warmer months fast approaching, its time to start planning garden improvements so that your outdoor space is in tip-top condition for summertime
One of the best ways to get more from your garden is to add a garden deck. This may seem like a complex project, but it can be easier than you think. We've caught up with the experts at TimberTech, to find out their top tips on creating your dream decking.
Choose your material
Before you begin planning your deck design in greater detail, it’s important to choose the right material and colour to suit your project. Composite decking is an extremely versatile material that’s capable of withstanding many a cold, wet winter without showing signs of wear. Composite deck boards come in a range of colours, from traditional warm browns to modern muted greys, so you can be sure of finding a shade to suit your property.
As well as choosing the right material for your deck, you will also need to consider whether or not you would like to add any additional elements to your design. To improve the appearance of your deck by night and ensure safety in low visibility, you may wish to add built-in deck lights; there are also a number of handrail options on the market, ranging from traditional wooden post designs to glass balustrades and sleek steel cable systems.
Design your deck
From the size and shape of your deck down to the layout of the boards, every detail must be taken into consideration before commencing the installation process. Browse online for inspiration on the types of shapes and patterns that can be achieved, before finalising your plan to give yourself a clear idea of the quantities you’ll require.
Install your deck boards
If you plan on installing the deck boards yourself, it is vital that you read up on the process thoroughly before undertaking the project in order to ensure that you are able to create a stable and secure structure. That being said, it’s often better to hire a team of experienced deck installers to ensure a professional finish – this option tends to cost a little more, but the results are always worth it.
If you decide to use composite decking the boards will not need to be protected with expensive stains and sealants as they are resistant to water and mould. Just keep your deck free of debris with a regular sweep, plus an occasional wash with warm, soapy water.
Information courtesy of TimberTech. For more information and free samples of low-maintenance garden decking please visit www.timbertechuk.co.uk/decking-sample.