How to choose the right type of decking

Having a nice deck is one of the most popular ways of adding value to your home while creating a perfect place for outdoor eating, entertaining or just relaxing and enjoying warm summer days. Weather you prefer contemporary or traditional decking there are loads of options to choose from but you need to take into consideration a range of factors before starting your project.

Timber or Composite Decking

The first choice you will need to make is whether you are going to use timber or composite decking. There are a number of pros and cons for both –  timber decking is  generally  cheaper,  while composite decking requires less maintenance, comes in a wider range of finishes and generally has a longer life span. However composite decking doesn’t always have that warm, natural feel of real timber so it is down to personal preference and suitability for every particular project. Experts often advise that in order to minimise the chance of creating potential problems later on,  it is best to avoid mixing them - for example installing composite decking on timber joists.   

Before selecting your decking, you may also wish to consider:

Site:

Is the site flat, sloping or on difficult terrain – can changes of level be built-in to add interest?

Position:

Is the deck shaded, in the sun, or will it combine elements of both? Do you wish to include features to add shade or screening from the wind?

Privacy:

Is the deck intended to be a private space or on public view? Will trees, shrubs, boundaries and buildings provide privacy?

Services:

Will the deck's location interfere with drains and manholes? The design can look to incorporate the need to access such services.

Usage:

Is the deck primarily for adults or for family use? You may wish to incorporate a children's play area, featuring swing / sandpit, seating or entertaining area etc.

Features:

Many features can be incorporated into deck design – planter boxes, seats, trellis, arbours, pergolas, storage boxes - almost anything is possible.

Styling:

What style of handrail and balustrades will need to be built in? Do you want a contemporary or traditional look?

Deck Boards:

What type of board will be used for the surface of the deck? We have a wide range of deck boards available, providing a number of variations in grain pattern and colour. There is also a wide choice of boards in different colours and finishes, each creating a different effect, whether you opt for timber or Millboard composite decking.

Planning:

Is planning or building regulation approval required? Not usually, however if your deck is above 600mm high different regulations will apply and we would recommend you check with your local authority before starting the project. For more information see our “Timber Decking Regulations” Guide which outlines advice given by the Timber Decking Association, Building regulations and British Standards

At Fountain timber, we stock a wide range of home-grown and Scandinavian decking boards, decking components and accessories, as well as Millbord composite decking - all in a range of differet sizes and styles.

Our “Fitting Your Decking” guide will help you with the installation process.

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Fountain Timber Products can take no responsibility for the advice offered on this page. Before starting any DIY / Gardening project be aware of the 'Health & Safety' issues - if in doubt seek professional assistance.

 

If you need further advice with your purchase please ask our experienced staff, we will be happy to help!

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