Anna Marissax Gardens May 17th 2020, 06:00:00
If you have a garden then you might want to think about updating its look with some garden decking. You’ll find decking looks so much nicer than concrete or paving slabs on a patio. Also, a timber deck creates a transition between the interior and exterior in a way that a concrete or paved patio just can’t. Your garden decking doesn’t have to be the same as your neighbor’s because there are different types of decking and different ways of building the deck.
No matter what sort of wooden decking you choose, a good timber treatment will mean that the wood will fare better in poor weather conditions. Treated timber often looks better than untreated and it is less likely to suffer from woodworm and other problems that can affect the wood. Hard or solid wood may be more hardwearing and durable than you think. If it is treated and sealed properly then it will stay looking good for ages and be much more weatherproof.
A popular material for wooden decking is redwood, as it has a lovely warm and attractive tone. Like many other timbers, redwood comes in some different grades. Which grade you choose will determine how durable the wood is and how long it will retain its original appearance. When you are choosing redwood you need to bear in mind that color can vary from a very lightly toned red to a rich red-brown color. When shopping for wood you need to know that decking comes in different grades and some grades may require a different type of timber treatment to others. Wood that is suitable for decking comes in the following grades: construction common, construction heart, clear heart, and B grade.
A primary consideration when installing a deck yourself is the strength of the foundation. Decks need to stand up to a lot of weight, so a strong foundation is necessary. While you can buy all the materials at your local garden center or store and do the job yourself, unless you are used to building large structures, it is best to get a professional in to do the job.
Some people prefer their decking attached to their home so that the whole thing looks more of a piece, whereas others may prefer to have a free-standing deck in the middle of the lawn. Whatever you decide, you should also remember that once the deck has been constructed, it will need regular maintenance. You should use wood preservatives on your deck as this helps to protect it from the weather, as well as keep it looking good. Some people choose to have their deck made from composite wood but it does not have the same warm looks or natural feel that a regular hardwood deck would have.