A good wooden deck will look stunning in your back garden. If you’ve always wanted one, but don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered.
In this very simple seven step guide, we’ll show you how to put it all together in a single weekend. Just imagine how nice it will be to sit out on your new decking this summer.
If that isn’t motivation enough, we don’t know what is!
Get your tools out and let’s get started.
- Plan and sketch – Before you start hacking away at the wood and pulling up the garden, sit down and plan your decking. Do a rough sketch of how you’d like it to look and get it just right. Once you’ve got the look and feel perfect, translate that sketch to a full scale drawing. That will help you get a sense of its proportion and size.
- Measure up – Use your scale plan to start measuring up the decking in your garden. Mark it out with pegs and string and really understand how much room you need. You can always make small adjustments now that it’s all laid out on the ground. Make sure there’s enough room for a table and chairs if that’s what you’re planning.
- Tool up! – Before you start building, make sure you have all the tools and materials for the job. Good quality wood is your most important material here. It needs to be long lasting, solid and good looking. Look for expert timber at http://www.alsfordtimber.com/ and get your hands on the best.
- Prepare the ground – You should still have your pegs and string marking the decking area. Inside that, start bringing the turf up to reveal the soil underneath. Once the turf has gone, firm up the ground and level it out. Put a protective fabric or tarpaulin over the ground to keep moisture and weeds out of the decking. Finally, lay paving slabs or concrete as a foundation for the deck.
- Framework – A strong, steady framework is essential for good decking so take your time here. Lay lengths of timber in a square (on the concrete slabs) to form the raised outer framework. Then lay joists running in a criss cross pattern inside the square. Join this all together with wood glue and screws.
- Lay the decking – Finally, it’s time to finish it with the wooden beams. Lay them one by one across your framework and screw them into place. Always leave a 5mm gap between each one. This will allow for drainage, ventilation and expansion. You can, of course, choose the pattern here. It could be straight, diagonal or herringbone.
- Finish – Your last job is to protect the decking with a varnish. Treat it with a good quality protection coat to ensure it lasts for a long time. Start the process now and you’ll be prepared for spring and summer!
There you have it, folks! A simple seven step guide to the perfect decking area. You can do this all in a weekend and you’ll be astounded with the results. Good luck!