Both softwood and hardwood decking can lend an outdoor area unmistakable character. If they are damaged, they can be sanded and oiled. These structures can last decades with proper maintenance. In general, softwood is the cost-friendlier option because softwood is cheaper than hardwood.
What is composite decking?
Composite boards are made from a combination of plastic and wood particles. They are anti-slippery and water-resistant. This affordable alternative to classic boards is low-maintenance. To always look new, all it needs is regular jet washing. Rotting, mould, and fungi are not issues with composite decking.
Homeowners who want to use a multipurpose outdoor surface opt for a deck. You can extend your internal floor space by connecting the back, side, or front of your house to the deck. You can also build a stand-alone deck to take advantage of the sunniest spot in your garden. This decking installation arrangement looks fabulous when a set of folding sliding doors or French doors link the deck to the house.
Before you get started with the installation, keep in mind these projects are very material-heavy. The main frame for a deck that’s 4.3m x 3.1m in size has centres spanning 400 mm. It takes about 45 linear metres of wood to construct.
How to lay decking
Our experts recommend laying concrete slabs at the centre and corner points of the area you want to deck. The slabs keep the wooden frame far away from the damp ground. They also provide a solid foundation conducive to load spreading.
To check if your deck is level, put a straight piece of wood on top of the slabs. Add more slabs to get the level as close as possible. Another option for laying the foundations includes driving pressure-treated wooden posts into the ground at set intervals. These will do a great job of supporting the frame. The approach is very useful if you want to lay a level deck on a sloping site. You could also get slotted, dedicated deck blocks. The slots take the frame’s joists.
Deck timber typically has ridges that run along the board’s length of the board. They are also known as reeds or “grooves.” These ridges on the board may be laid facing up to provide visual appeal and functionality. However, manufacturers recommend installing them face down as the correct way.
Types of decking
Some common types around the world include cedar deck material, pressure-treated wood, redwood, composite, vinyl, and ipe. We recommend the first if physical appeal is your main goal. Nothing can match the natural beauty of real wood.
Can you use fence paint on decking?
Fence paint is not recommended because it is not durable enough for wood designed to be walked on. Fence paint will work on timber used for posts and fence panels i.e. not walked on. It also wears off very easily. It will stain the bottom of your shoes and you risk bringing the paint into the house and carrying it across all your carpets. This has happened to some of our customers.
How much does decking cost?
The costs of these services in the UK vary depending on the job and its scope. Our company operates in London and the surrounding areas and offers very competitive prices. We can also provide expert decking advice. The collective experience of our team spans many decades. We are available on weekends and bank holidays and fully insured. Our trademark is an individual approach to each and every customer’s full satisfaction. Give us a call today!