The cold winter weather isn’t always the best time to enjoy sitting out in the garden, but it is a great opportunity to work on improving your green space. As specialists in this area, we might be a little biased, but one fantastic option is to lay down some attractive timber decking or composite decking. Sound appealing? We thought it might. If you’re keen to get this sorted before spring arrives, then look no further – below, we’ve explained everything you need to know to kickstart your next decking project.
The first place to start is to determine what decking you want to have and where. So, it’s a good idea to start by asking yourself these questions:
Where will you lay it?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this, but you should think practically in terms of things like ease of access, if it’s in or out of the sun, how much garden you will need to clear and whether or not you might want to cover or extend it.
What size do you want?
Make sure you keep that measuring tape handy, and draw some mock-ups to get an idea of how much space you have to play with. But remember that the beauty of decking is you do have the option to add more boards at a later point.
What decking structure and design do you want?
Popular structures include ground-level, decking with a balustrade and raised decking. Take a look online or get some designs drawn to help you decide.
What type of decking do you want?
This is also down to your personal preference and there’s definitely no shortage of styles from which to choose. However, if you’re planning on building it, make sure you’re up to the task if you want a more intricate or ornate style.
With the design sorted, you need to choose your boards. Both our timber and composite decking is ideal in terms of materials, especially as the latter requires less maintenance in the long run. So, when you eventually pick your preferred boards, you then need to determine how many you’ll need, which is what our handy decking calculator can work out for you.
For those of you who definitely want your decking down for the spring, you might want to consider a decking kit. Ours, for instance, feature different styles and come with all the decking boards, framing timber and screws needed to build your deck. What’s more, we’ve created useful guides to make putting it together a breeze.
If you have an existing decking area that’s past its best, or which could do with a new lease of life, then you can employ some of the above advice to simply spruce up what you already have in place.
You’ll be amazed how much of a difference some new boards or an extension can do in terms of livening up your decking and garden. The best part is that if you’re happy with the existing style, the job of revamping your old deck might also be a lot easier and quicker than you first thought.
One of the great things about decking is it can last a long time, providing you purchase quality materials that won’t let you down. This is where we could help, as in addition to our great choice of timber decking and composite decking, you can find excellent decking kits and boards. Plus, we have all the accessories you need to create the perfect outdoor space that will both look attractive and be something to enjoy for many years.
You have the option to browse our online range and place an order, we have stores located in Wigan, Preston, and Blackpool if you want to visit and see our selection of decking and decking accessories for yourself. If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more about what we have available, you can call us on 0345 0268 799.