What Is Timber Decking
If you are looking for a way to add value to your home and create a stylish outside space for you and your family and friends to enjoy, then timber decking is a great way to do this. Decking is a timber framed and decked area built off the ground, often attached to the back of a house of building but can also be freestanding. A timber deck basically consists of boards that are laid on top of load bearing timbers above ground using decking boards typically between 19-27mm thick, 75-200mm wide, with a gap of up to 10mm between each board. The framing timbers are usually around 100 x 50mm or 150 x 50mm.
Advantages of decking
Well built decking can do wonders for the way that your home appeals to others, as garden decking is a great way of increasing the living space of your home and adding to the enjoyment of your garden using natural materials. The sun warms and dries the boards quickly and the heat permeates the whole area to make it comfortable to use. This enables the deck to be used much more flexibly than a slabbed patio area susceptible to weeds, which would stay cold and damp much longer.
Building your own decking
As daunting as this task may seem, building your own decked area is actually quite straightforward and Timberclick provide detailed guides on how to build decking and a materials list guide. If you are considering decking for your home, you might be wondering what kind of materials you should use and how the deck should be laid out.
When considering outdoor decking, you should remember that your deck can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. While the deck should compliment your garden, this still leaves you with a variety of options. You can build a deck for your second floor landing or as a tranquil place to sit next to a garden pond.
Decking layout and maintenance
The layout of your deck should be one that complements your garden without taking up too much space. If your timber decking is too large, it could potentially make your garden seem a lot smaller and this could end up detracting from the value of your home. There are many successful examples of how outdoor decking can be beneficial to your garden and your home.
Decking should be cleaned periodically as mud, leaves and moss in damp areas all conspire to make decking look tired and become slippery / potentially unsafe. Scheduled cleaning will also keep your looking its best, protecting your investment long into the future. For safety, nuts and bolts should be checked at the beginning of each year to ensure they are still holding the structure safely, as timbers can expand and contract through the seasons.
Decking for your home and garden
Whatever design, style, and decking floor materials you choose should reflect your home’s personality while still being functional and appealing. After all, your new deck will hopefully be a place that you will want to relax on, for a long time to come. With a carefully planned design and installation, you can ensure that your decking will remain useful and bring pleasure for many years to come.