Adding a new deck to your garden can completely transform the way the space looks and feels. A deck is a great place to enjoy meals, entertain guests and relax in the sunshine. With the right kind of decking, you can even use your new garden space throughout the autumn and winter months.
Undertaking a garden re-design is a mammoth task, certainly not one to be taken lightly. But, with the right guidance, you can design, plan and install a deck that complements your garden beautifully. This blog looks at some of the things you should consider before you start building your deck.
Here comes the sun
The position of your deck will determine how much sun it gets, so, if you want your decking to be a sun-trap, it’s important you bear this in mind.
If you already have a south-facing garden, you’re in luck! South-facing gardens tend to get the most sunlight during the day, so your deck is pretty much guaranteed to be a sun-trap wherever you decide to put it. For this reason, it’s important that you invest in a suitable cover to protect you from the sun on particularly hot days. An awning or parasol should do the job nicely.
On the contrary, if you have a north-facing garden, you may want to install your deck near the bottom of the garden so that your decking isn’t in the shadow of the house from around 3 pm onwards.
The benefit of having a bit of shade in the afternoon means you’re unlikely to overheat while relaxing on your deck in summer. The downside? It can be a little chillier in winter. Why not invest in an outdoor heater or a fire pit to raise the temperature a few degrees when you need it?
Light and bright
When deciding how your deck will look, it’s important you consider some safety features. For example, how you plan to light the area up so that you can walk around your new deck early in the morning or later at night.
Rather than having lamps on the decking, you could choose to have lights integrated into the decking boards themselves. There are lots of decking companies that offer integrated decking lights, giving a modern, seamless feel to the finished deck.
If you prefer something more traditional, you might opt for lanterns, candles or solar-powered lights around the perimeter of your deck to provide illumination all year round. Either way, it’s important you take your deck lighting into consideration before you start building your deck. You don’t want to find that your new and improved outdoor space is unusable because it’s too dark!
Safety, Safety, Safety
We know that thinking about safety can be rather dull in comparison to the more creative aspects, but it’s absolutely vital that you consider it nonetheless. It’s true that some decking types are safer than others.
Timber decking takes on water because it has a porous surface, this leads to the formation of ice, mould and eventually rot over time. As well as being an eyesore, timber decking can be a safety hazard after only a few years.
Composite decking, on the other hand, has a polymer sleeve that prevents water from seeping into the boards. This makes it far less likely that mould, rot or ice will form on the surface! The polymer sleeve is vital in making composite decking a safety-friendly choice for all kinds of gardens.
Hopefully, these pointers will help you plan and install your new deck without a hitch!