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Decking Installation

A deck can offer you the perfect outdoor space that provides you with a seamless link between your house and garden, helping to bring the outside "in." Therefore, getting the installation right is essential. 

We are a trusted decking installer for all decking projects. We will professionally install your timber decking using timber or timber composite and bring out that aesthetically appealing space you need. Our technicians will provide you with design options and a quote for your timber decks, whether you need an attractive feature to entertain your guests or you want a veranda to view your extensive lawn.

The key to decking installation is in laying your foundation properly. The following information will help you understand how our professionals will put together your deck boards and the procedure to install your decks.

What's Deck Installation?

Decking installation is laying decking for your decking project. A DIYer may learn to lay decking with competence because it's a viable, low-risk project that saves you lots of cash.

We install timber decking, ensuring that you have the deck boards you need and the right artisan for your job. In this example, we'll focus on decking installation using timber and composite. However, for composite decking boards, be sure to consult on fixing them with the manufacturer's guide.

What's Deck Installation?

We Plan and Prepare First

For a successful deck installation, planning is key. First, choose that location you want it to be featured in; do you need a sunny or shady place? Is privacy a requirement? If you choose a shady spot, are you ready to clean to prevent algae and moss growth? Avoid wet areas because they don't rhyme with decking.

Afterwards, plan your deck to scale on paper. You can sketch or draw the deck as accurately as possible using an easy scale and proportion. Designing your deck carefully limits your wastage and cutting and helps you when ordering the materials you require. You can contact us for a planning consultation or a quote.

Our professionals always remember the deck expansion spaces between your decks, and they feature 5-8 mm gaps between your decks to ensure a professional finish. Should your deck be boarding a house, we ensure that it's 150mm below the damp-proof course without covering any air bricks, which prevents associate risks of damp.

We Plan and Prepare First

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Our Technicians Ensure Decking is Done Right

With us, be sure of a right and well-done job. That's because our screws and structural-treated timber are designed for decking, ensuring that it's installed to last. What's more? After our craftsman cuts any surface or drills any hole while working your decking, they ensure it's coated with two coats of preservative as the rest of the decks, hence guaranteeing your space's longevity.

We use modern state-of-the-art tools to get the job done, and while sawing, we ensure we use a 90-degree guide or a set squire to make accurate cuts that bring out your desired decking. While fixing your decks, we ensure that we mark the pilot holes as precisely as possible, as we sad-cut the timber ends to remove any splinters. For any lengthwise cutting, we use a circular saw or a handsaw.

Our Technicians Ensure Decking is Done Right

Observing Safety

While installing decks on your own, please ensure that you secure your timber as you ensure safety while drilling or sawing; these include:

  • Wearing safety goggles while drilling
  • Wearing protective gloves while handling deck boards and while applying the preserver
  • adhere to manufactures' guidelines for safety and drying while applying the preserver
  • While using a jigsaw, wear a safety dust mask and goggles
  • Treated timber offcuts shouldn't be thrown away or burnt; look for a way to recycle them
  • Ask for assistance while moving joists since they're heavy.
Observing Safety

Step-by-step Guide on Deck Installation

Materials

  • Concrete slabs
  • Weed control fabric
  • Wood for framework
  • 50mm number-8 decking screws
  • 25mm x 50mm wood for stakes
  • Decking
  • 100 mm nails or nail gun 'clips.'
  • Wood preserver

Tool List

  • Tape measure
  • Battery drill/ screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Gloves
  • Jigsaw
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Workbench
  • Nail gun (optional)
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer

Preparing the decking space

For a decking space, you need a solid deck foundation. As such, an existing concrete base or patio is ideal. First, measure and mark your decking space. For decking over your lawn, you can dig out the recommended spacing of 50mm and cover your decking space with landscaping fabric.

Then add gravel to the area. Add paving stones on the gravel to soft decking ground to support your joists and preserve your decking timber.

Adding a wall plate

For a fixed deck attaching to your house, you require a wall plate which takes a few steps to make. Here's our procedure on how to add a wall plate.

Step 1

Mark a vertical line where you will place the end of the wall plate. This line marks the corner of your decking. If you're planning a still check or a step, ensure you check the designs as you take a deck board offcut. Hold it up and mark a small line beneath.

Step 2

From the marked line, drop your board by 10 mm, allowing expansion. Draw a level line which will be your guideline to attach your wall plate to the house; hence expand the line across the decking width.

Step 3

Cut your joist to the required length. You can measure and cut your joist accordingly where you need to avoid an obstacle.

Step 4

Measure 100mm from one end and mark the wood. Using a set squire, draw a straight vertical line from your mark

Step 5

Here, you'll mark the place to drill the pilot holes. Measure 50mm from the bottom and 50mm from the top of the line and mark your wood. Repeat the measurement down the length of your wall plate. The recommended interval is 600 mm.

Step 6

When you reach the wood's far end, measure a 100mm section and mark. Now drill your pilot holes with a 6mm drill bit.

Step 7

As you follow your guideline, hold the wall plate in position. Support the timber decks with packers where need be as you ensure the wall plate is level. Double-check it to ensure the deck bard fits beneath your sill.

Step 8

Using a drill bit (7mm), bore guide holes into your house's wall. Someone may assist you in holding the timber in place. Then move it away and complete drilling directly to your house wall.

Step 9

Fix the wall plate by inserting 6mm x 100mm screws through the holes and hand plastic or galvanized washers on end. Put a 10mm gap between the wall plate and the wall. Then tighten the screws using your hands before you use a driver bit to secure it.

Assembling Frame

Step 1

Where your decking joists are shorter than your decking, you'll require the two parts combined. Where you don't need to join your joists, you can directly put them in place. T join your joists, measure, and cut the required section to the desired length.

Step2

Measure and cut a 600mm-section and mark it at the centre. Ensure the CenterPoint aligns with the joist. Then, measure 75 mm from opposite sides of the wood, and for every four marks, draw a vertical straight line using a set squire.

Step 3

Lebel two evenly spaced holes into the lines you've drawn than drill using a 6mm drill bit, use 100 mm screws. If you're fascia boards, countersink your screws, then move the joists into position.

Step 4

Place the frame at the required level by placing risers and paving slabs at 500mm intervals and check the spirit level. Double-check the corners using the set squire.

Then join the frame by marking and drilling pilot holes before fixing two external 150mm timber drive screws into the corners. Countersink the screws if you're using fascia. Where you have hard-to-reach corners, drill skewed pilot holes at a 45-degree angle into the timber and fix 100mm screws to secure your joints.

Adding Internal Support joists

Step 1

Measure 400mm from the middle of the external joists and label to determine the number of internal joists you need. Then measure 400 mm intervals across the joist as you ensure you don't exceed these recommended intervals. Then measure and cut the joists accordingly.

Step 2

To extend the internal supporting joists, be sure to follow the method above used in external joists with an additional 600mm section toward the opposite side to hold the joist in place. Then, offset your bolts slightly to ensure they don't meet.

Step 3

Then secure your workbench's joist hanger on both ends using 30 mm exterior screws. Secure the joist in place, ensuring it aligns with the joist's 400mm space demarcation. Here you could use assistance, therefore, use extra hands or packers.

Step 4

Extend your 400mm markdown to the external face and measure 40mm from the top and bottom down, marking two pilot hole guides. Drill holes using your 6mm drill bit and then drill and secure countersink holes using 100mm timber drive screws. Repeat the process for the other joists ensuring the joists' tops are frame-flushed before securing.

Step 5

To secure the joist to an unexposed frame side, drill two holes on each side before you secure it with the screws. Once your joists are in place, put 30 mm screws to each joist hanger and repeat until you secure the joists completely.

Step-by-step Guide on Deck Installation

Add noggins

Step 1

Measure and prepare sufficient noggins to ensure the space between them doesn't exceed 1200mm. Staggering your noggins helps you avoid skewing the screws. As you plan when to position then, please remember that trick.

To attach your screws, put the noggin in position and add packers. Then draw a line to the noggin's centre on both the joists it joins to. Measure and label 40mm hole guides from the bottom and 40mm from the top on both sides.

Step 2

Before you secure the noggins with 100mm external drive screws, first drill the holes and once every noggin is in place, level and check whether each joist is supported at 500mm intervals. Where your decking has an obstacle like an extra noggin or a drain, add more noggins for additional support.

Add noggins

Fitting your Decking Boards

Step 1

While laying deck boards, pre-drill holes by a 2mm bit to avoid splitting and damage. For smoother finishes, ensure you countersink the holes. For a fascia board, ensure you allow an overhand as you screw through to secure the boards firmly to the decking frame.

If you're using other boards, screw into the second grove from each side as you fix the frame using 64mm screws. Repeat on both sides to straighten the board permanently. Screw from top to down the board as you set the screws in each joist.

Step 2

To maintain a 5-8mm gap between deck boards, create a spacer from a timber offcut and use it to equalize the space from the first board down. To cut a board to fit any obstacle, develop templates and mark saw guidelines on the wood, and use a jigsaw to make the space you need.

For Fascia boards

Step 1

Where you're placing your fascia decking project, measure 50mm from both ends and mark your fascia board. Measure and mark 600mm interval lines starting at the 50mm line.

Step 2

Place your fascia into position and put small packers or wood offcuts beneath the fascia for levelling. Then pre-drill holes into the 2nd grove and secure 64mm screws. You can add lighting and railing to your decking.

Fitting your Decking Boards

Deck Boards Aftercare

After we finish installing your decking, we further protect your timber by applying a decking stain. Our aftercare decking paint comes with different colours to choose from.

In shady spots, it's vital to apply the wood preserver annually for the wood's safety. you can also keep your decking clean by removing any dirt and leaves and brushing it regularly.

We understand how vital airflow and drainage are for a successful decking installation. That's why we ensure that we raise the decking area with a 5% angle to secure your space drains effectively, and we offer you any advice you may need about composite or timber decking.

Deck Boards Aftercare

Composite decking Projects

For water-resistant, minimal-maintenance composite decking, we are here for you. Our composite decking is mould, fungi, rot, and waterproof, plus it's free from the traditional challenges facing timber decks.

Composite decking material contracts during cold and expands in hot weather. Hence, we provide the proper spacing to ensure your decking lasts through the yearly seasons.

Composite decking Projects

Why Choose Us?

We design, supply and install decking, whether it's composite timber or garden decking. We are a professional team delivering quality as you demand, ensuring that you get the outside comfort you deserve.

We guarantee extreme satisfaction from inception to construction and design as we go beyond our clients' expectations. With our diverse skills and experience, we offer a variety of products for all your decking needs. You can reach us through our online shop, and we'll be sure to help you as you want.

Why Choose Us?

Is a composite deck worth the money?

Yes, it's worth it! Undoubtedly, composite decking material comes at a higher price than wood. Its remembrance of natural wood plus its efficiency makes composite boards an excellent choice for decking. It cleans easily, requires lower maintenance than wood, and has many more advantages making it an ideal option and worth every coin!

What should you put under decking?

Using crushed gravel with an added weed barrier is your best choice. Instead of absorbing the moisture, it sheds it keeping the area drier without decay.

Should you put plastic under a deck?

No, because plastic under your deck traps moisture increasing the rotting rate, especially with timber decking, and attracts more insects. Unless it's part of the deck system drainage system that's dry whereby the drainage collects the water and diverts it elsewhere, don't use plastic under your deck.

Is a composite deck worth the money?

Final Word

Deck installation can be challenging, especially without the right skills. That's why we are here for you, catering to all your decking needs guaranteeing you the best experience. With us, you can choose a variety of deck-placed patterns that are aesthetically appealing, giving you that desired outcome. Contact us today for a quotation, inquiries, or consultation, and you won't regret it.

Final Word

Our Patterns & Colours

cheshire cobble

cheshire cobble

circle pattern

circle pattern

compass

compass

english cobble

english cobble

european fan

european fan

farmyard cobble

farmyard cobble

grand ashlar

grand ashlar

lakeland weave

lakeland weave

large ashlar

large ashlar

large cobble

large cobble

london cobble

london cobble

old english

old english

opa locka

opa locka

random stone

random stone

riven slate

riven slate

running bond

running bond

small ashlar

small ashlar

smooth cobble

smooth cobble

walkway slate

walkway slate

Decking Installation FAQs

How much does it cost to install a composite deck?

Composite deck boards are a combination of recycled plastic and timber fibres. This combo makes a durable waterproof product and, therefore, an excellent choice for decking. Hence, the cost is variable but as an example starts at £140 to £170 per square meter. This covers the boards, the fittings, the pre and post preparation and labour.

How do you prepare the ground under a deck?

You can eliminate the growth of unwanted vegetation underneath your deck by covering it with landscaping fabric. You first add coarse sand for the drainage and then cover it with your landscaping fabric. You can bury it under a few inches of gravel.

What is the correct way to install deck boards?

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How do you prepare the ground under a deck?

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Is decking cheaper than paving?

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What can I put under my deck besides lattice?

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What can I put under my deck to prevent water?

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