Whether you’re completely revamping your garden, or giving it a lick of paint, it’s important to plan and start the work as early as possible. Garden decking can be a simple enough job if you plan to do it yourself, however it’s not the easiest project for someone inexperienced in DIY. Whether you plan on doing the work yourself, or getting a professional in, here are some tips to help you get started.
Decking has become a fashionable way of designing a garden. It’s more popular than concrete patios and there are now heaps of companies that specialise in it. If you have decided to get a professional in, make sure you research the company thoroughly, and where possible try and talk to people who have used them in the past for similar projects.
If you’re planning on doing the work yourself, it’s still important to shop around too. You can buy pre-treated decking from all major D.I.Y stores, with prices ranging between £300 - £2500, depending on the size and your requirements.
Once you have either settled on a builder or decided to go it alone, the next step is deciding where the decking will go. Consider how it will fit into your current garden. Will it be a standalone piece, or an attachment at the end of the conservatory or kitchen? Remember to think about the impact your deck will have on the neighbours and surrounding houses too, ideally you still want to maintain a bit of privacy in your garden. The next step in the planning process is configuring the actual area where the deck will sit.
If the area is uneven you may need to dig a new foundation and this may require professional help. Pick an area where there are no trees or visible obstacles close by, and if there is a tree in your garden, be sure to check where its roots are as this can cause complications in the future.
It also a good idea to include weed barrier in the build, this will stop weeds growing in-between the decking.
If you’ve employed a professional just sit back and watch them get to work, if you’ve opted to build the decking yourself, it’s important to carefully follow the instructions included. Ensure each piece is built according to the manual and when in doubt get a professional in. You’ll save a lot of time and money earlier in the build if you bring in a qualified landscaper as soon as you start having trouble.
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