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You’ve decided to add decking to your garden design in Exeter. Here Exeter Landscapes guide. To Achieve great decking, in your garden design Exeter.
Great for creating seating areas. For outdoor entertaining. Great for creating walkways. Linking key areas in your garden design.
Decking · Exeter · Topsham · Sidmouth · Exmouth
DECKING · TOPSHAM · SIDMOUTH
And is great value for money. It’s available in both smooth and ridge boards. It’s easy to install. And maintain! Softwood decking is great value for money. It’s extremely easy to work with.
Opt for smooth boards for a boardwalk feel. Select ridge boards for extra grip. Softwood decking is easy to care for and maintain. Most boards are pretreated. Protecting the board from water and insect attacks.
Hardwood decking is luxurious and warm underfoot. It’s extremely hard-wearing. Resistant to water damage. It’s available in a variety of finishes. Hardwood decking is rich in colour. And luxurious underfoot. Most hardwood boards are smooth-plained.
Great for linking your bifold doors with your outdoor dining space. Stainless steels screw can be used to fix your hardwood boards.
Giving extra strength and peace of mind. It requires little maintenance. Just oil your hardwood deck in Exeter. Once a Year. For a luxurious-looking decking, Exeter.
Softwood and hardwood decking is great for adding an entertainment area, to your garden design, Exeter. Why not add lighting? To your decking project, Exeter.
Adding ambient lighting. Is a great way to extend the party into the night. LED lighting is cost-effective to install.
With low running costs. Add a wise box remote control. And break your lighting into zones.
DECKING PRODUCTS ⋅ EXETER
Decking · Sidmouth · Exeter · Exmouth
· Softwood Decking · Affordable · Easy to Work With
· Hardwood Decking · Rich · Luxurious · Long Lasting
· Composite Decking · Resist to Water Damage · Various Textures & Finishes
· Smooth Boards · Create A Board Walk Feel · Easy to Keep Clean From Debris
· Ridged Boards · Great Anti Slip Properties
Decking is now available in a variety of materials and finishes. The main decking material includes softwood decking, hardwood decking and composite boards.
Softwood is the most affordable board. With composite boards being the most expensive.
LUXURY FINISHES · COLOURED · DECKING
Decking has come on a long way in recent years. In terms of quality. Products, available finishes and colours.
For luxury choose hardwood. Softwood has great value for larger projects. Composite decking is the long-lasting and low-maintenance product.
Personally, I prefer the smooth boards for that boardwalk feel. Most hardwood deckings are supplied as smooth boards. Some of the softwood boards.
Will have one smooth face. And a reverse ridged face. The ridge boards do offer more grip. If wet and icy weather. And if the deck hasn’t been cleaned for a will.
SOFTWOOD ⋅ HARDWOOD ⋅ DECKING · TOPSHAM
Smooth decking boards ⋅ contemporary ‘boardwalk’ feel
Grooved decking boards ⋅ anti-slip properties
Enhanced grip decking ⋅ grooves with anti-slip strips
Softwood decking ⋅ natural ⋅ pre-treated shades
Composite decking ⋅ traditional ⋅ faux timber ⋅ coloured
Softwood decking is a great value. With a quality natural finish. It’s easy to install. The boards a straight. The finish is consistent. And high Quality.
· Softwood Decking · Great for Traditional or contemporary Garden Design
· Boards Are Pressure Treated · Prevents Water Damage · Insect Attack
· Easy TO Clean · Brush · Pressure Washer
· Stain or Leave Natural
· Q-Deck is a premier Decking Product
DECKING · CONTEMPORARY · TRADITIONAL · EXETER
Great for a traditional garden design Exeter. Or contemporary garden design Exeter. We recommend q-deck softwood for decking Exeter.
SMOOTH OR RIDGED DECKING · EXETER
Smooth boards give you that classic boardwalk feels to your decking project, Exeter. Ridge boards offer great anti-slip properties. In wet and icy weather.
TREATMENT · DECKING · EXETER
Most decking boards are tanalised. Pressure treated to prevent, water damage. And inset attack. This means the boards last longer!
CLEANING · DECKING · SIDMOUTH · TOPSHAM
Softwood decking is easy to clean. Sweep away any debris from the surface of the deck. Give the boards a light jet wash.
We light to keep our decking boards natural, Exeter. If you want to stain your deck. Avoid any garish colours.
Always use a good quality product such as Sadolin or Osmo. And test on a small area or offcut. Before committing to the whole deck! Once it’s stained. There is no going back!
Q-DECK ⋅ DECKING · EXETER · TOPSHAM · EXMOUTH
Q-Deck can be used in the construction of our softwood decks. It’s a premier decking product, Exeter. Manufactured from slow-growing quality timber.
PEACE OF MIND…
For peace of mind. Each board is pre-treated with the latest generation of wood preservatives. Including a built-in water repellent.
Preventing decay and insect attack. It’s extremely durable and long-lasting. Q-deck currently comes with a 15-year warranty against decay.
Decking · Exeter · Topsham · Sidmouth
HARDWOOD DECKING · EXETER · EXMOUTH
Rich in colour. Hard-wearing and long-lasting. Hardwood decking oozes luxury. Available in a variety of timbers and finishes. Hardwood decking is available in a variety of timbers.
· Balau Timber is a rich hardwood Decking Timber
· Use Stainless Steel Screws To Fix Boards.
Balau hardwood decking is our timber of choice for decking in Exeter. Is easy to work with. And has a great rich grain. Which not only looks great. It is extremely hard-wearing.
Hardwood decking. Slightly harder to install than softwood decking. And requires slightly more maintenance over time.
Hardwood decking can be slightly harder to install than softwood. Always make sure your chop saws have a sharp blade. Some of your boards may be slightly warped. Boards can be carefully pulled into true. Using wedges!
And lastly. It’s a good idea to use stainless steel screws. These last long. And are stronger than conventional decking screws.
The Hardwood decking boards can move and flex slightly over time. And throughout the seasons. Breaking softer screws!
Composite decking has come a long way in recent years. It doesn’t look or feel like plastic anymore. Available in a variety of finishes and colours. Its colour won’t fade over time. It won’t split or rot.
LOW MAINTENANCE · COMPOSITE DECKING · EXETER
Looking great, year after year. It’s a low-maintenance product. Easily cleaned. And doesn’t need yearly oiling!
COMPOSITE DECKING • ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY
Composite decking is environmentally friendly. Composite decking is manufactured from recycled waste wood residue. Combined with recycled plastic. Such as shampoo bottles.
Maybe consider installing a Millboard decking Exmouth. Millboard is a premier product. Available in a variety of natural styles and finishes. Millboard composite decking gives you the real look and feel of natural timber. Removing the need for time-consuming maintenance.
DECK Millboard has great anti-slip properties. Due to its composition, won’t rot or warp over time. Millboard decking is fixed to a durable base from underneath. Removing the need for unsightly screws.
COMPOSITE DECKING PRODUCTS · TOPSHAM · SIDMOUTH · EXETER
Millboard composite decking ⋅ realistic decking ⋅ variety of finishes ⋅ colours ⋅ exmouth
Smartboard Composite decking ⋅ q-deck ⋅ realistic decking ⋅ exeter
Twinson composite decking ⋅ q-deck ⋅ variety of colours ⋅ exmouth
LIGHTING FOR DECKING · EXETER · SIDMOUTH · EXMOUTH · TOPSHAM Softwood and hardwood decking is great for adding an entertainment area, to your garden design, Exeter. Why not add lighting? To your decking project, Exeter. Adding ambient lighting. Is a great way to extend the party into the night. LED lighting is cost-effective to install. With low running costs. Add a wise box remote control. And break your lighting into zones. DECKING LIGHTING OPTIONS · EXETER LED SPOTS · Lighting options to include LED Spots. The LED spots are easily sunken into the ground, around your decking. And in the surrounding flower beds. The beauty of the spots is they can be easily moved around. And the angle of the light beam can also be changed! LED STRIPS · DECKING · EXETER LED STRIPS · are available in a variety of lengths, colours and bulb sizes. They are pretty easy to install. Weatherproof and can be cut to length. Great for highlighting the edge of a raised decking area · Or for highlighting the risers on decking steps. RECESSED LED SPOTS · as the name suggests they are recessed into your decking boards. Cut the appropriate holes using a hole saw. Each light is then individually installed. Enabling you to place the LEDs exactly where you want them! Decking Pathways · Exeter · Exmouth · Sidmouth PREWIRED LED SPOTS · ‘Daisey Chains’ · It is also possible to buy a ‘daisy chain’ of prewire recessed LED lights. This keeps the installation costs down. However, the wire length may constrain where you put your lights! There are plug-and-play options. Which gives you more flexibility in terms of where you can install the lights! LED UPLIGHTERS · these can be used to highlight architectural foliage and design features in your decking, Exter. IDEAS FOR RECESSED LED LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER The obvious place for LED lights. Is in the corners of the decking. LED recessed lights to look great forming a line at the edge of your decking. Or highlighting a curve at the edge of your decking. Highlighting the risers of the decking also look great! LED COLOURS · keep it simple. Cool white and warm white work extremely well. In terms of aesthetics and usable light. GU10 is the standard bulb. Which will fit your external lights. INSTALLING EXTERNAL LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER Always use a qualified UK-registered electrician for installing any light products! LOW VOLTAGE · MAINS CONNECTED LED LIGHTING Low-voltage systems are available. Running off an external waterproof socket. A plug transformer steps down the mains voltage to 12 or 24 volts. There are easy to install. And can be safer than the mains systems. They are generally cheaper. Some kits are not as robust as the more expensive mains systems. MAINS CONNECTED LED LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER These systems run at a higher voltage. These systems are generally more robust and weather resistant. And easier to maintain. Armoured cables are needed to connect the lighting with a mains feed. Either from the house or garage. CONTROLLING LIGHTING · DECKING · EXETER It’s possible to create a series of zones for your decking and garden lighting. These can be used to create discreet lighting zones. Installing a Wise Box will enable your to control your light using a remote-controlled infrared switch.
LIGHTING FOR DECKING · EXETER · SIDMOUTH · EXMOUTH · TOPSHAM
Softwood and hardwood decking is great for adding an entertainment area, to your garden design, Exeter. Why not add lighting? To your decking project, Exeter.
Adding ambient lighting. Is a great way to extend the party into the night. LED lighting is cost-effective to install. With low running costs. Add a wise box remote control. And break your lighting into zones.
DECKING LIGHTING OPTIONS · EXETER
LED SPOTS · Lighting options to include LED Spots. The LED spots are easily sunken into the ground, around your decking. And in the surrounding flower beds. The beauty of the spots is they can be easily moved around. And the angle of the light beam can also be changed!
LED STRIPS · DECKING · EXETER
LED STRIPS · are available in a variety of lengths, colours and bulb sizes. They are pretty easy to install. Weatherproof and can be cut to length. Great for highlighting the edge of a raised decking area · Or for highlighting the risers on decking steps.
RECESSED LED SPOTS · as the name suggests they are recessed into your decking boards. Cut the appropriate holes using a hole saw. Each light is then individually installed. Enabling you to place the LEDs exactly where you want them!
Decking Pathways · Exeter · Exmouth · Sidmouth
PREWIRED LED SPOTS · ‘Daisey Chains’ · It is also possible to buy a ‘daisy chain’ of prewire recessed LED lights. This keeps the installation costs down. However, the wire length may constrain where you put your lights! There are plug-and-play options. Which gives you more flexibility in terms of where you can install the lights!
LED UPLIGHTERS · these can be used to highlight architectural foliage and design features in your decking, Exter.
IDEAS FOR RECESSED LED LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER
The obvious place for LED lights. Is in the corners of the decking. LED recessed lights to look great forming a line at the edge of your decking. Or highlighting a curve at the edge of your decking. Highlighting the risers of the decking also look great!
LED COLOURS · keep it simple. Cool white and warm white work extremely well. In terms of aesthetics and usable light. GU10 is the standard bulb. Which will fit your external lights.
INSTALLING EXTERNAL LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER
Always use a qualified UK-registered electrician for installing any light products!
LOW VOLTAGE · MAINS CONNECTED LED LIGHTING
Low-voltage systems are available. Running off an external waterproof socket. A plug transformer steps down the mains voltage to 12 or 24 volts. There are easy to install. And can be safer than the mains systems. They are generally cheaper. Some kits are not as robust as the more expensive mains systems.
MAINS CONNECTED LED LIGHTING · DECKING EXETER
These systems run at a higher voltage. These systems are generally more robust and weather resistant. And easier to maintain. Armoured cables are needed to connect the lighting with a mains feed. Either from the house or garage.
CONTROLLING LIGHTING · DECKING · EXETER
It’s possible to create a series of zones for your decking and garden lighting. These can be used to create discreet lighting zones. Installing a Wise Box will enable your to control your light using a remote-controlled infrared switch.
Balustrades are great for adding safety to your raised decking project, Exeter. Balustrades are available in a wide range of materials and designs. Suitable for both contemporary and traditional decking projects.
Add definition and safety to your decking Exmouth. Add a contemporary balustrade. Create an enclosed space for outdoor entertaining. Give your deck that contemporary look & feel.
For ‘low-level’ decks, up to 600mm from the ground. Balustrade height ⋅ 900mm. For ‘high’ for low-level decks, over 600mm. Balustrade height ⋅ 1100mm.
Glass balustrades look great. In both contemporary and traditional garden design projects. They enable a three-sixty view. For your decking project in Exeter. Glass balustrades won’t obscure your view. Relatively easy to install. Great for your decking project in Exeter. Where you need a high balustrade for safety. But you don’t want to block out your view. They are one of the more expensive options. But do look great!
Great for contemporary decking projects. Stainless steel posts can be installed. Giving your an extremely high-end feel. Install timber posts to reduce the decking project costs. Make sure the post are ‘finished’ or add a bevel to the edges using a router.
It’s possible to get the wires and tensioners pre-made. By a variety of companies. Make sure the measurements are exact! These premade systems look the business. And are usually yachting quality. But can work out expensive. Compare to the more ‘DIY’ systems.
DIY Steel Wires · These DIY stainless steel systems are better valued for money. Especially if you are prepared to cut and install the various components. To Your stainless steel wire.
Cutting · the wire will be your first mission. Wire cutters need to Sharpe. One method is to take up the mark to cut. And cut the stainless steel wire using a mini angle grinder. Make sure you have a thin blade. Suitable for metal.
The wires are then connected to the post via loops and tensioners.
TIMBER BALLUSTRADES · DECKING EXETER
Timber Balustrades · look great in both contemporary and traditional decking projects. It’s possible to buy off-the-shelf kits. Giving you all the pieces you need to complete your project. Forget the twee spindles. Go for a simple style. Square post and handrails. Buying a kit does cost a little more. But will take the stress out of your decking balustrade project.
SLATTED FENCE BALUSTRADE · DECKING EXETER
Slatted Timber Balustrade · looks great in a contemporary garden setting. Create a timber frame. Out of 2 x 4″ tanalised timber. And 4 x 4 posts. And clad with 2 x 1″ timber. It’s possible to get a plained 2 x1″ or you can use a roofing baton. Hardwood batons are available!
BALUSTRADES ⋅ DECKING EXMOUTH · SIDMOUTH
Glass balustrade ⋅ contemporary garden design exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Stainless steel wire ⋅ contemporary garden design exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Slatted timber fencing ⋅ hardwood ⋅ softwood ⋅ decking exmouth · Sidmouth · Topsham
Solid timber balustrade ⋅ traditional garden design exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Sometimes is necessary to add steps. However, where possible avoid steps. And opt for gradients. Reducing your trip hazards. However, in some circumstances, this will be impracticable. For your decking project, Exeter
STEPS ⋅ DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
For safety. Steps should be as comfortable as possible. Treads should be as wide as possible. Never less than 280mm. Ideally between 300mm – 450mm. To avoid a trip hazard. Risers should be around 75mm. Consider adding a handrail for safety.
For long flights of stairs. Add a landing between a series of steps. Please ensure you comply with building regulations.
CONSTRUCTING STEPS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
Steps can be tricky and time-consuming to purchase. It’s a good idea to produce a sketch. It will hell to work out the number of steps. And the heights of your risers. And will avoid mistakes during the construction phase.
PRE-MADE STEPS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
You can buy premade step treads and risers. This does save time and takes the stress out of the job! The number of deck rises will depend on the width of the steps. These premade stringers can workout expensive for wide steps.
In some circumstances. The steps will need to be constructed from scratch. The construction method will be dependent on the height of the steps, the soil conditions and the overall design of the garden. Simple clean steps. Always look better. Then anything over-engineered.
SLEEPER STEPS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
For small heights. Use sleeper offcuts to create simple steps. Tie sleepers together with timber lock Screws.
For wider and steps with more steps. Create a sleeper box. Firmly secured to a postcrete frame. Fill the treads with MOT crushed concrete. And top with gravel. Alternatively, fill in with decking boards.
POST & DECKING BOARD STEPS ⋅ EXETER
For a classic look. Create sleek steps out of decking, supported with posts. Set in concrete. Again try to make the steps as uncluttered as possible!
HAND RAILS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
For some steps. Adding a handrail will add safety. It’s vital they are at the correct height and firmly secured. Options include timber, metal or decking glass panels. It’s a good idea to think about hand rails. When designing your steps. Rather than retrofitting it!
Enclose your decking area with a wall. Create an intimate ‘outdoor’ space for entertaining. Add materials to complement the style of your garden and feel. Soften with planting. Create a planting bed at the edge of your decking or use pots. Great low-maintenance plants include lavender, crocosmia, gaura and verbena. Creating a great decking project. Exeter.
RETAINING WALLS ⋅ DECKING EXMOUTH · SIDMOUTH · TOPSHAM
Painted rendered block walls ⋅ contemporary garden design exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Sleeper retaining walls ⋅ traditional garden design exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Natural hedging ⋅ copper beech hedging ⋅ yew hedging
GARDEN DESIGN IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATION
Entertain well into the night by adding garden lighting. Add total control. Install a wise box. Garden lighting is broken down into discrete zones. Each zone is controlled remotely by a handy keypad. Most lights are LEDs. Which are available in a variety of colours. Including cool white or warm white.
GARDEN LIGHTING ⋅ DECKING EXMOUTH ·
Recessed led lights ⋅ decking exmouth · Sidmouth · Topsham
Coloured led strips ⋅ decking exeter · Sidmouth · Topsham
Led up lighters ⋅ decking exmouth · Sidmouth · Topsham
Always check local planning regulations. Remember to keep your deck in proportion to your garden. A deck can’t cover more than 50% of your garden.
CLEAR & LEVEL THE GROUND · DECKING EXETER
You’ve selected a suitable site. Created a design. Chosen your decking materials. You have levelled the area. It’s now time to construct your Decking Exeter. Exeter Landscapes garden design Exeter. Ideas for creating great decking Exeter. Smaller areas can be levelled by hand. For a larger area. Consider hiring a skip loader and a mini digger.
Add a weed barrier under your Decking Exeter. It won’t rot over time. It allows drainage. And more importantly. It will minimize weed growth.
The finished deck height should not compromise the damp-proof course (DPC). Leave a 10mm drainage gap between the decking and any wall. When attaching a ledger board to the wall. Create a 10mm gap. Using a 10mm thick spacer/packer. Encouraging ventilation. Enabling the wall and ledger board to dry.
Keep patterns simple and classic. Decking boards can be laid in any direction. Depends on the design and feel you wish to achieve. As a rule where possible. It’s good practice to place boards at right angles to pedestrian traffic. To reduce the slip hazard. For alternative designs. You can add anti-finishes to your decking boards.
Always add the correct spacing. Between decking boards. Decking is a natural product. It will absorb water. Especially in wet weather. And will expand. Decking will lose water. In hot weather. And will contract. Add the correct spacing between each decking board. Allows for the expansion and contraction of timber. Throughout the year.
Recommended spacing assumes your decking boards are completely dry. Before installing.
Softwood Decking Exmouth ⋅ decking fascia’s ⋅ 6mm min
Hardwood Decking Sidmouth ⋅ decking fascia’s ⋅ 8mm min
Composite Decking Topsham ⋅ Decking Fascia’s ⋅ 6mm Min
DECKING SCREWS ⋅ EXETER
Always use quality decking screws. For hardwood and softwood decking Exmouth. We recommend coated screws. Reducing corrosion and iron staining. Stainless steel screws can also be used for hardwood decking Exmouth. For regular decking boards. Use a 4.5 x 50mm screw size. For thicker boards. Select a screw around 2 1/2 times the thickness of the deck board. Always use two decking screws per board. Attach each screw – 15-20% of its width in from each edge of the board. To prevent hardwood boards splitting. Pre-drill a pilot hole for each screw. Always corrosion-resistant screws for constructing the carcass. Timber lock screws are great for adding extra strength to your decking Exeter.
HIDDEN SCREWS ⋅ DECKING EXETER
There is a range of hidden screw systems. Available for your decking project Exeter. This will increase the cost of your decking project, Exeter. In terms of materials and the extra labour to fix them. Make sure the screws are easy to remove. Without damaging the boards. Most are!
Whilst constructing your hardwood deck. You might find. Several of your hardwood decking boards are not perfectly straight. Especially compared with softwood decking products. You will need to straighten them. Create several hardwood wedges from offcuts. Get to some help. Using your wedges. Apply a little pressure to bring the boards back in line. And screw in place!
This is generally more of a problem with hardwood boards. Softwood board will warp. Especially in dry hot weather! Remember, most timber suppliers will exchange boards!
Treating Your Decking⋅ Exeter
When treating your deck. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. To the detail. If doubt contact the manufacturer. When working with new products. Always test on a small area first. Before treating the entire deck.
Remove any build-up of dirt, soil, or leaf litter. This will increase your deck’s drainage. Preventing mold and algae formation. And reducing your timber’s over-all fungal infection. Periodically sweep and hose down your Decking Exeter. Jet wash thoroughly and the end of the season. Mould and algae build-up is a slip hazard. Remove black speckled mold early on. With a kitchen scourer and proprietary deck cleaner.
To remove food stains. Such as ketchup, wine, soup, fruit juice and cola, coffee. Clean the deck with a pressure washer. Combined, if necessary, with a mild cleaning product. For stubborn stains. Scrub well with diluted bleach. And rinse well. Apply Net-trol. To replenish the faded colour.
Pressure Washing ⋅ Decking Exeter
Be careful. Pressure washers are getting more and more powerful at a lower and lower price. Don’t go too close to the grain. It can tear the timber. This not only looks bad. It can expose the deck to water damage and insect attack.
Take your time. If the deck doesn’t clean up with just the pressure washer. Use a recommended decking cleaner!
Rejuvenate your tired decking Exeter. Apply Net-trol by Owatrol. Wood cleaner and colour restorer.
To remove old decking oil. Apply aquanett by owatrol. Add net-trol. To neutralise the treated areas. Apply your new decking oil. Such as textrol . If your decking is extremely dirty and stained. Use prep deck stripper/cleaner by owatrol. In place of aquanette. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Leave hardwood decking to weather and season. for at least 6-8 weeks. clean thoroughly with net-trol by owatrol. wood cleaner and colour restorer. oil deck with deks olje d1 by owatrol. repeat this process after 12 months. oiling your decking with textrol by owatrol. in place of olje d1. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Apply after laying your decking Exeter. Protects decks from excessive moisture during its first year. Slows down the ‘greying’ of timber. Due to UV light. Prepares deck for recoating with textrol. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Great wood preserver. Apply to any crosscut Timber. Timber cut along the grain. Use two coats. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Water-based product. Permanent waterproofing product. Use on new and weather decking Exeter. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Pigmented decking oil. Seven shades are available. Use on weathered woods only. Leave new decks for 12 months. Before applying. Creates a full protective coating. Great finish. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Removes black stains from decking Exeter. Caused by iron and water. Will rejuvenate a ‘greyed’ deck. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Reduces tannin bleed on new decking. Tannins will stain paving and timber areas around your decking Exeter. Always read the manufactures instructions before applying a product.
Here is our guide to decking trends in 2022. What new ideas for your decking and garden design projects.
Composite decking is gaining in popularity. Composite decking synthetic man-made products. It cuts like wood. It’s extremely durable and rots free. It’s resistant to mould and insect attacks. It’s available in a variety of shades and colours. Some contemporary some more traditional. Such as faux timber. For get the maintenace. Forget staining the deck! We like the faux timber products!
Composite decking products include cladding, timber for creating curves and bullnose steps and coping. Cladding can be effectively used to create raised beds, boxing in your decking frame or create steps and balustrades. It can also be used to update or hide tired structures in your gardens. Outbuildings or old sleeper beds. And to finish steps and stairs. Creating a cladded riser.
Composite decking can be used to create a contemporary or traditional raised bed. Construct a frame out of cheap softwood sleepers or stack some 4 x 4” fence posts. Clad the outside of your timber with your composite decking. Add a bullnose decking board to clad the top of the raised bed.
Bullnose is pieces of composite decking that have a bullnose finish to one of the edges of the decking. They can be used as coping on raised beds or cladding projects. They are also great for finishing off steps. They have the same thickness are regular decking boards and appearance.
As mentioned. Composite decking cuts in a similar fashion to normal traditional timber. It can’t however be planned. Routed. Sanded, shaped or filled. Any cuts will have an unfinished look. And need to be painted with special paint. Boards are pretty consistent in size, width and thickness. The ends of decking boards can be rough where the composite deck has been extruded. And can benefit from trimming with the chop saw. Screws systems are hidden and easy to use! And are stainless steel!
Carcassing for the deck’s frame can be constructed out of traditional tanalised timber or from a composite frame. The composite frames is a bit more expensive. Bit will be more durable! Then the traditional timber. Use 400mm centres for your frame. A construct out of 4 x 2” or 5 x2” timber. The frame can be screw or nailed together. Screw can be tigher, and harder wearting. And importantly easily removed!
It’s a good idea to try at least to get a good level and add a weed membrane. Once the frame is constructed. Go around with the level and check your heights. Chock up any low areas with timber offcuts. Bash down any high points with a sledgehammer. As have a good walk around the frame. Looking for movement. And chocks under any areas of the deck that reflex.
Composite decks can be constructed with a hidden screw system. The screws pull through the board and are hidden. This does make a slight problem if you want to remove the board. It’s best to secure the decking or cladding with a few screws. Once you are happy with the deck. Secure with the retaining screws.
Balustrades are back. Forget the ‘twee’ turned spindles. Or planks of wood. For a contemporary garden design. Its either glass or steel wire. For a traditional feel is chunky plain timber, Iron or slatted fence.
Glass balustrades always look great. Especially for a raised deck. It looks contemporary and sleek. Great for decks with views or contemporary gardens. The price of glass balustrades has fallen in recent years. With more suppliers getting in on the act. With an array of fixing methods available. They are more expensive. But can give your a great view. For your decking project, Exeter.
Create the ultimate deck. It will give you a high-end feel. A hardwood deck, and stainless steel tensioned balustrade. Stainless steel posts are a must. Give you a high-end engineered nautical feel. Great for contemporary decking, Exeter.
Always go plan with chunky timber for a quality traditional feel. A finished post will always look best. Although cheaper posts. Can be routed. With around over a bit to create a professional finished look. It’s a bit tricker for the ends of the post. You can sand these if not confident. The post can then be stained to look like more expensive hardwood!
Create Your Own Balustrade System ∙ Exeter ∙ Topsham ∙ Exmouth ∙ Sidmouth
A great way to save time and money is to create your own. Balustrade system. Post can be constructed from planned and routed 4 x 4” posts. A would buy my own handrail. Forget the spindles. Add a contemporary twist to a traditional design. Add steel braided wire between the posts. These can either be floating. Anchored at each of the decks. And run through holes drilled in each post. This will save you a lot of money on fixings. Including tensioners. Or fix the wires between each post.
It’s possible to buy all the bits in eBay. Braided stainless steel wire. And all the connectors. It can then be cut to size on site. Using a small angle grinder rather than a hack saw will save you a lot of effort.
Create a timber frame. Any then clade with a contemporary slatted fence. Planned softwood slats look great. And are great value for money. Hardwood is rich and luxurious in grain and appearance.
It’s worth cladding both sides of the balustrade. And it’s worth hiring a nail gun!
Add the wow factor to your decking project. Combine lush foliage with vivid vibrant colours. Combine smooth hardwood decking with a hardwood slatted fence. Soften with tropical planting.
Plants structure ⋅ tree ferns ⋅ shields ferns ⋅ bamboo ⋅ fatsia japonica ⋅ phormiums
Plants for colour ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ irises ⋅ kniphofia ⋅ canna Lillies
Complement your natural timber decking. Add a planting screen. Enclose your decking. Add purple beech hedging. Creating an ‘outdoor room’ for entertaining. Mask unsightly garden features. Add a bamboo screen. Train a climber. Over a timber and wire frame. For saftey. Always add a ballustrade for drops in height.
Screening plants⋅ photinia hedge ⋅ purple beech hedging ⋅ black bamboo ⋅ trachelospermum climber ⋅ multi-stemmed silver birch.
PLANTING IDEAS ⋅ INSPIRATIONS
Timber decking manual ⋅ Patrick Hislop
The complete guide to decks ⋅ black & decker · Decking Exeter
Ortho’s guide to decks & patios ⋅ eric clough
Building and designing decks ⋅ Scott schuttner · Decking Exeter
Pure deck-adence ⋅ tina skinner
Ultimate plant guide ⋅ garden design ideas ⋅ plants for places ⋅ planting combinations · Decking Exeter
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More paving ⋅ pointing ⋅ Sealing stone · Decking Exeter
How to plant ⋅ planting ⋅ watering · Decking Exeter
Ideas inspirations guide ⋅ includes images of past work
Garden makeover guide ⋅ slatted fencing ⋅ low maintenance gardens
Lawn care guide ⋅ turfing ⋅ soil types ⋅ drainage
Garden clearance guide ⋅ clay soils ⋅ levelling · Decking Exeter
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