Telford, Shrewsbury and Shropshire Decking
If you are looking for a low maintenance seating area that looks good, you cannot go far wrong with professionally installed decking. We install in Telford, Shrewsbury and the Shropshire county.
Love it or hate it, decking is still very popular. It is a natural product that works well in both traditional and contemporary garden designs.
Although it can be used as the primary seating area in your garden, decking often works best as a secondary seating area at the far end of your garden supplementing the main paved patio.
Location, Location, Location
The first decision is where the decking is to be situated.
For safety, we do not recommend the use of decking next to ground level garden ponds. Even the most sure-footed person can slip on wet decking and although a pond looks great next to decking, you may not want to end up in the pond itself!
Also we do not recommend locating decking under or near to mature trees, as wet leaves can turn timber decking into a very dangerous slippery surface as one of my colleagues can testify to!
Building the Deck
If adjacent to your house, we can install the decking flush with your door step. If the decking is in the garden area there would normally be a step up to the decking.
In either case, there should always be a strong and level framework of timber underneath the decking boards. This provides a strong and secure base on which to sit the deck itself.
Decking boards laid on timber supports which are not thick enough, or worse still too far apart will cause the decking boards to bow and eventually crack.
The finished product may look good but it is only as good as the structure underneath it. For Telford decking, Shrewsbury decking, or anywhere in Shropshire, we can install professional decking to suit your individual needs.
Timber Decking Baords
Timber decking is available in an assortment of lengths, widths and thicknesses. The timber decking we use is fully pressure treated (tanalised) to protect the grain.
We normally recommend and use 32mm ribbed redwood boards for durability. Please note that cheaper decking boards are available at certain DIY superstores but these are normally untreated thinner 25mm boards.
Be wary if you are offered the cheaper double-sided decking boards as the timber is weaker and more prone to warping. At Shropshire Garden Design we only use single-face decking. The underside has no grooves in the timber and you should have no problems with this type of decking.
Note however that whichever boards are used, timber is a natural product and even though the timbers are pressure treated, they will warp over time. Wood expands during hot weather and contracts in severe cold and this can also cause cracking over time.
Decking boards should always be secured onto the sub-frame with decking screws. A lot of installers will use standard screws or worse still a nail gun to save them time and money. This will result in split boards which will then need to be taken up and replaced so is always a false economy.
The majority of customers only require the deck itself, but depending on your requirements for the decking area, you may wish to consider decking panels or balustrades to run around the perimeter of the deck.
Panels / Balustrades
Metal decking panels are typically black or silver powder coated and are designed to be used in conjunction with a rebated timber hand and base rail.
Timber Balustrades consist of timber newel posts, hand rails, base rails and spindles. The newel posts are normally secured into the supporting frame work prior to securing the decking boards.
The hand rails and base rails are then secured between the newel posts, and spindles are then secured between the two rails at equal intervals.
Another alternative to full balustrades is to secure natural manilla rope between the newel posts. This gives a more informal look.
Bespoke stainless steel balustrade systems are also available on request as are glass balustrade systems which look great and provide an uninterrupted view unlike steel or timber balustrades.
Steel and glass balustrade systems are however very costly compared to traditional timber balustrade systems.
We normally recommend and install decking boards with small gaps between each board to allow rain water to drain away, and allow the timber room for expansion.
Once the decking is installed, there is the option to stain the timbers but note that if this is done, then the process will need to be repeated every 2-3 years as the decking stain may blister over time as the wood dries out.
For Telford decking, Shrewsbury decking, or anywhere in Shropshire, give us a call and we can give you a no obligation quotation.
Shropshire Garden Design are responsible for installing one of the largest decking projects in Shropshire. Click here for more details.
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Telford timber decking at new build
Shewsbury timber decking
We are based in Telford and we serve the Telford area including, Admaston, Apley, Aquaduct, Arleston, Brookside, Church Aston, Dawley, Dawley Bank, Donnington, Donnington Wood, Doseley, Edgmond, Edgmond Marsh, Hadley, Homer Lake, Horsehay, Ketley, Ketley Bank, Lawley, Lawley Bank, Leegomery, Lightmoor, Lilleshall, Little Dawley, Madeley, Muxton, Newdale, Newport, Oakengates, Old Park, Overdale, Priorslee, Randley, Shifnal, St Georges, Spring Village, Stirchley, Sutton Hill, Trench, Wellington, Wombridge, Woodside, Wrockwardine, Wrockwardine Wood|
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