Installing decking can instantly transform the outside of your home, creating a dedicated area for you and your friends and family to enjoy. There are loads of fantastic design ideas out there to fit a variety of different spaces, so whatever your requirements you’ll be sure to find something which works for you. If you’re thinking of having decking installed ready for the summer read on for our top tips…
Do Your Research
Have a think about what you’d like your deck to look like bearing in mind considerations such as if to use decking boards or decking panels, size, colour and where it would be situated.
If you’re struggling for inspiration – searching on Pinterest is a useful way of finding innovative and interesting ideas. Also, by searching on DIY websites, you’ll get an idea of the options available and you might even spot some interesting designs such as anti-slip and artificial grass which you may want to incorporate into your design. Don’t worry if you’re struggling to decide or don’t know what will work best within your budget – a local carpenter/joiner will be able to help answer all of your questions.
Accessorise the Decking
Make your decking stand out with accessories! Plants are an easy way to inject a splash of colour into your design and decking lighting will keep your summer parties running well into the night – whether you’re looking for integrated or remote controlled colour changing lights, mains powered or solar there are plenty of options available. Ask a qualified electrician in your area if you need any advice or lighting installing.
If you’re entertaining friends on a weekend then why not consider an outdoor kitchen or pizza oven and a comfortable seating area. Alternatively, add some luxury by installing a hot tub, perfect for relaxing – a local hot tub installation company will be able to help with this, ensuring everything is plumbed in correctly.
Maintaining Your Decking
Once your decking is installed it’s important to keep it looking great for years to come. If your deck has become damaged, or you have any rotten decking boards then call in the professionals – find a local carpenter/joiner to make the repairs and make sure your decking is ready for summer.
Take steps to protect your deck before damage occurs. Protect your wooden decking by using either decking paint, decking stains or decking oils to keep your deck looking great for longer. Tasks such as sweeping your deck and keeping it clean by using decking cleaner (available from DIY stores) to remove algae, moss and mould ensure that it continues to look in pristine condition.
If you’re looking for someone to advise you on the best decking options and install decking in your garden ready for summer you’re in the right place – we can help you find a carpenter/joiner in your local area to assist.