4 cool ideas to get your decking ready for summer 2021

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Let’s be honest, Spring 2021 has been a bit of a washout so far – especially in the past month or so! Unfortunately, it looks like things will be a little rainy for the time being, but there are already rumours of an impeding heatwave in June. Whether or not that actually happens, hopefully at least we’ve got some sunshine to look forward to!

Personally here at Savoy Timber, we always like to stay optimistic when it comes to stuff like this, so with that in mind we’ve come up with a couple of cool ideas you can work on in the meantime, so that your timber decking or composite decking is ready to get some proper relaxation time in when the sun finally comes out.

Get some creative illuminations on your decking

Just recently on the 17th of May, restrictions eased further across the UK, allowing for bigger groups to meet indoors and outdoors. Notably, overnight stays are now legal once more – so if you’re planning on doing some entertaining out on your decking, and staying out there into the night, it’s a good plan to get some lighting out on your decking. As for the type of lighting in question, that’s all up to you! You can choose some simple solar-powered lights for practical safety purposes, or get a little more creative with some coloured options to cultivate a specific mood or feeling out on your decking.

It’s also worth considering heat lamps, just in case you ever need to banish those lingering chills on otherwise comfortable summer evenings.

Settling down in all-weather decking shelters

Historically, the summer weather can be choppy across the UK, but particularly so in the temperate North of the country (where we’re based here at Savoy Timber!). If you’re confident of reliably sunny weather, a pergola or an arbour are both excellent options for enjoying some shelter from the elements in your garden. If you’re (rightly) suspicious of that flighty old sun, however, you might want something a bit more protective, like a gazebo. Best of all, a gazebo can be outfitted with a whole range of creature comforts, like lighting, heating and comfortable chairs.

Enjoying an outdoor bar

This is one of those fantastic garden additions that you can ostensibly enjoy with company – but let’s be honest, there’s nothing stopping you from getting stuck in on your tod either! If you’re handy enough with your toolbox, and you enjoy having a cold one in the sunshine, building yourself an outdoor bar is a fantastic project to while away some of those long weekends. Just take care to ensure that your outdoor bar is built on a very solid surface that can indefinitely withstand its full weight. In other words, it’s probably better to place it very close to (rather than actually on) your decking.


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Sitting back in a hot tub for entertaining

OK, so this is one of the more ambitious and costly potential options on the agenda, but there’s no denying that it’s one heck of a party piece, and it’s one that you and all the family can get plenty of enjoyment out of all summer long, too. Now, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of choice available, but even the smaller jacuzzis will probably end up setting you back close to a four-figure sum, so be prepared for that.

Just as with the outdoor bar above, you’ll probably need to do a lot of research in advance to decide on exactly where’s the best place to position it. You’ll probably want to keep it fairly close to your decking for easy access, but not actually on it – once again, it might not be guaranteed to take the weight. You’ll also want to consider how close it’s located to trees, gutters or sheds, too, as it may make it accordingly easier or harder to maintain – you’ve got to keep it clear of contaminants that may drop or flutter down into it! Sure, it might involve a bit of work, but the thought of sinking down into that enveloping warmth in the sunshine might just be enough to make it all worth it.

Unfortunately, we can’t help with your jacuzzi ambitions here at Savoy Timber – but you can certainly count on us to be your one-stop shop when it comes to timber and composite decking! If you fancy browsing our products for yourself, feel free to pay a visit to our DIY stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan. We’re dedicated to helping you to shop safely during the ongoing Covid-19 situation, so don’t forget to check our latest Covid-19 service update before you visit!