Many people like to relax in the garden during the warm weather and wooden decking provides a stylish area perfect for social gatherings or just chilling out on your own. But if you’re starting from scratch there are a few things to think about before you begin:
It’s likely you’re going to be using your decking when the weather’s warm and the sun is shining. Therefore, it’s important you choose an area of the garden that catches the sun at some point during the day.
On the other hand, it may be that you want to use the decking to as a place to relax away from the sun’s rays. Plan accordingly. Make a note of which parts of the garden get light and shade use that to decide where your decking should go.
One of the great things about building decking for your garden is you don’t need planning permission as long as it is no more than 30cm above the ground and it takes up less than 50% of your garden’s surface area (including other extensions and outbuildings, like sheds).
There are a number of things to consider when choosing what timber you want your decking to be constructed from. Appearance, durability, cost and availability can all be deciding factors in the decision-making process.
Oak tends to be the most popular choice for many wooden products – it is low cost, compared to other woods and is strong and durable. Pine tends to cost less than oak, making it a great economy option. There are also hardwood options such as ash and mahogany, which are stronger, offering a longer lifespan, but tend to come at a higher price.
In terms of appearance, ash is usually very light with a pronounced grain. Oak and pine also have a lighter, golden shade to them, while mahogany is known for its darker red-brown colour. All of these timbers can be treated with oil or a finish to get the desired shade you’re looking for.
It’s not just the decking itself you need to think about. Handrails and spindles complete the look and offer a defined border to your decking, as well as offering added protection for those using it. You should also consider the furniture layout for the decking. Are you going to have a table as well as chairs? What is the maximum capacity?
Once your decking is in place, you may want to think about those extra finishing touches. UK Stair Parts has a range of products for both softwood and hardwood decking including handrails, spindles and newel posts, with the option of next day delivery if you need parts urgently.
Written by David Chapman of UK Stair Parts