There are a number of practical and aesthetic benefits for opting for timber decking over traditional hard terraces or patios. Whether you’re planning a complex project that will include multiple levels, or are constructing a simple ground-level deck, take a look at the tips below to get started. If you’re searching for quality decking supplies, look no further than Challenge Fencing!
1. Ensure that you’ve got all of the planning permission that you require: In England, planning permission isn’t required if your decking is no more than 30cm above the ground and doesn’t cover more than half (or 50%) of an outdoor area, together with other extensions and outbuildings, such as sheds. If you would like further information about planning permission for decking and other regulations that might affect your project, please visit Planning Portal , the online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
2. Elevated or ground level decking? – This is often down to personal preference, as the results achieved look very different. Both raised and ground level decking offer property owners the opportunity to enhance their garden’s appearance, but a raised platform is a brilliant way to deal with sloped, uneven grounds and presents the opportunity for an additional level at a later date. However, raised decking is very likely to require a professional with the necessary expertise to carry out the construction. Decide which you prefer and do the appropriate research. If you do opt for a raised deck, remember that a balustrade will be essential to increase safety.
3. Design with use in mind – When you decide on a plan for your deck, remember to combine pretty with practical. In other words, leave space for your washing line, dustbin and that all important barbeque. Decide before you begin the construction where you’ll place seating to entertain guests, too. While there’s no pressure to keep to your original design idea, the last thing you want is to begin construction and realise that there’s no space left for practicalities.
4. Buy quality only – While everybody loves a good deal, long-term it’s best to purchase high-quality deckboards and other decking supplies such as stainless steel or coated screws (made especially for pressure-treated wood); after all, there’s nothing worse than a relatively new deck you’ve spent time designing and constructing getting rickety before long!
5. Think beyond brown – Many homeowners stick with the original wood brown of their decking, but there’s a whole world of specialist paint and coatings that can withstand the outdoor elements, so don’t be afraid to try something new and add some colour to your project.
We provide a range of essential decking supplies here at Challenge Fencing, perfect for your new garden design! Find attractive Canterbury, Cambridge and Winchester style deckboards, as well as single spindles and balustrades. If you would like further information on our products or would like to receive a quote, don’t hesitate to contact our expert team. Call your local branch or visit us in-store!