The use of decking timbers to create improved garden features is one of the most common alterations in the average UK home. Timber decking is becoming extremely popular because it can be used in exactly the same way as paving. It provides a firm base for chairs and tables and ensures that garden furniture does not sink into soggy ground. You can use decking timbers almost anywhere in the garden to create a play area or a location for relaxation. It can be laid on flat ground or a slope, in the shade or out in the sun and is very versatile and durable.
Features of Decking Timbers
There are hundreds of different wood types to suit every need and this means that homeowners have a virtually limitless choice of designs. Here are some more decking timber features:
- Pre-treated to ensure it stays resistant to insect attacks and rot.
- Fluted deck boards to help rainwater drain off while reducing slip.
- Can be used to create pergolas which can be created as either a freestanding structure or else it can be connected to a building.
- The components of pergolas can be used to make walkways or archways.
- It is possible to build decks off sloped ground.
If you are looking to complete a basic decking job, you really only require basic carpentry skills as the construction of a deck is relatively simple. It is important to note that decking timbers will expand and contract like all natural timbers depending on the weather conditions it experiences. When you begin a decking project during a hot summer period, the boards will shrink while they will expand if the job is undertaken during a cold spell. This means you should purchase decking timbers at least a week before you intend to begin the project to allow the wood to adjust to its surrounding atmosphere. Keep it covered and store it as close to the site of the project as possible.
Safety & Planning
Please remember that when you cut the decking timber, the newly exposed wood also needs to be treated with preservative before you begin laying it. It goes without saying that common sense safety procedures should be followed. For example, goggles are needed to stop splinters getting into your eyes, a mask should be worn to prevent inhalation of dust and gloves should also be worn to stop splinters penetrating the skin. If using power tools outside, always use an RCD device.
Before laying the first piece of decking timber, you should be 100% sure on the location and design of your project. Decide on whether you want it in the shade or in the sunlight. This is an important consideration because decks in permanent shade will be more likely to see algae growth due to damp. Take the privacy of your family into account: Do you want a nice secluded corner of the garden or do you want the decking and subsequent garden accessories to be in full view of the neighbours? Whatever you decide, there is decking timbers to suit your needs and if treated correctly, the wood could give you years of reliable u