Real Wood Decking
Patio heaters, wood burning stoves and clever outdoor lighting have ensured comfortable outdoor living for many more months of the year. The average patio is now used for entertaining, a children’s play area, a snooze zone for the family pets as well as a garden extension for potted plants and flowers.
Long lasting and sustainable real wood for patio living is no longer the stuff of dreams. Hardwoods such as teak or softwood like pine are ideal for decking. Once you have located the position of your decking, the size and shape and most important of all, the main purpose for the decking, you are ready to go ahead and find out whether planning permission is required, check costs and of course decide whether you think laying decking is something you can do yourself.
If you have some building experience and enjoy working out of doors, or even if you have never laid decking in your life, you can lay your own decking by following a few simple rules.
First you need to level the ground and clear it of any weeds and other debris. Mark out the area clearly using string and measuring pegs. Lay a tier of terram or other weed barrier and cover with scree.
Now you have to cut your wood planks to form a frame which inside you will place joists. Make sure these are 400mm (about 15¾ inches) apart for maximum strength. When you have marked out where each joist will go inside the frame then go ahead and saw them to size. First place the floor joists and sides in position.
Continue making decking and joists and use countersunk screws for additional strength and holding ability. Use a spirit level on each joist.
Lay decking boards themselves at right angles to joists already laid. Cut each plank as required and be sure that the first board you lay is completely flush with the frame edging. Two screws should be enough to hold the decking on to the joist. It is always a good idea with decking to leave a 3½mm (1/8th inch approx) gap between each of the boards.
The final stage of laying decking is to place protective facing on the cut ends and seal all joists and boards with exterior wood preservative to protect from the elements.
Whilst there are many outlets from which one can purchase wood suitable for decking it is worth remembering that your new decking will become almost like an extension to your home and as such should be constructed with natural wood to ensure longevity and to retain its initial good looks.
If you are now thinking that sourcing real wood for decking seems rather wasteful then consider approaching a Wood Floor Sanding London specialist company who may be able to source recycled real wood floor sanding planking for your decking at a fraction of the cost. In approaching a reputable wood restoration specialist you may also discover that it is not too expensive to have the decking professionally fitted too which means quality craftsmanship, fully guaranteed work and a patio of which you can be proud.
If you are in the market for a patio this spring why not speak to a floor specialist before purchasing engineered wood planking from your local DIY store? You may be glad you did.
By their very construction, real wood boards will last for many lifetimes requiring only the most basic maintenance and perhaps a refinishing every decade or so. Add quality real wood decking to your patio space and enjoy your garden for many years to come.