Planning Your Decking
It is most important for you to choose the best decking solution- because if you do it correctly, you will increase the usability of your outdoor space whilst adding value to your property.
If it is not done well, you could end up with an expensive mistake that doesn’t suit your needs.
It is easy to get carried away! A good plan for your particular garden will depend on its size and shape and what you would like to use the deck area for.
Think about the area of the garden that gets some sunlight in the evening. Are you most likely to be using the decking in the late afternoon/early evening?
If you have a sloped garden, it isn’t necessary to level it or clear it to create your deck. Supports can be put up and the decking fixed on top. You can transform an area of the garden that was previously unusable into a flat deck that can contain tables, chairs and other furniture. You could also have a storage area under the deck.
A pergola is another great option as it is a permanent structure that can be integrated with the decking. A pergola adds height and impact.
10 reasons to add decking.
Decking can give structure to a garden.
Decking can provide a sitting/dining area.
Decking can add value to a house.
Decking can provide better access in a sloped/ difficult space.
Decking can hide ugly features.
Decking can be a safe play area.
Decking can provide additional space/ storage.
Decking is great for planter and pot displays.
Decking can be more accessible for people with mobility problems.
Decking done well is a good design feature!
Types of decking:
Wood is a primary choice for decking material, however the quality of deck you get depends largely on the wood you choose.
Wood is typically sold by grades. This refers to several hardiness traits as well as overall quality. In general, stronger wood with a better appearance — fewer knots, smoother surface — has a lower grade number.
Wood decking can also be one of several varieties e.g. cedar or pressure-treated (often pine) wood; the primary characteristic is rot resistance.
As grades of wood differ in price, so do the types of wood. Pressure-treated decking is most often the least expensive.
All wood decks must be regularly cleaned; it may also be prone to rotting, splintering, and warping. If not stained, it will weather to a natural grey color, which, to some people, may be unattractive.
If you do not like the natural appearance then there are a range of treatments and stains that can be applied.
Composite is a material that’s composed of wood and plastic waste fibres.
If the composite decking has a protective layer, it is sometimes called capped composite.
Composite decking is typically more expensive than wood. Composite decking materials are often attached with special fasteners which supply a neat finish.
Composite decking is very heavy, but it also does not need staining or painting. However, composite decking must be cleaned regularly.
If manufacturer care directions are not followed, any warranty may be void.
PVC is another viable option for decking. This is made of plastic or another synthetic material.
Composite and PVC decking are less stiff than wood.
PVC decking is available in a variety of colors and finishes with grains to replicate wood; it is also lighter than wood.
There are also several ways to attach the PVC decking materials, including fasteners.
PVC decking materials need to be regularly cleaned and may fade.