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How To Execute A Perfect DIY Decking Build

Now the country is slowly getting back to some semblance of reality after the worldwide coronavirus pandemic of 2020, people across the country—inspired by so much time spent at home—are itching to transform their outdoor space and garden before the arrival of winter.

DIY projects experienced a colossal surge in popularity as well, and with this in mind, here is a guide to building one of the most effective, useful, and aesthetically transforming additions to any back garden—safe and secure decking.

Types of Decking

There are essentially three fundamental materials that can be used to build decking.

Softwood decking—the most affordable of the three—is relatively simple to mount yet does often require more regular and thorough maintenance than its rivals do. Hardwood decking, in contrast, is the most expensive material and is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of the options; whereas composite decking consists of a mixture of plastic and wood, which requires little to no maintenance, yet is equally as expensive as hardwood. 

Logic dictates, then, that the best material with which to build your decking’s foundations is softwood, which you can easily alter and change to suit the colors and finish you desire and that can last over 30 years if properly maintained. 

Preparation

Before you don your overalls and crack out the Bluetooth speaker to start building your decking, it is crucial to measure your space. Ensure you are careful to take any relevant planning permission regulations into account and, as a general guide, when planning a dining space add approximately two meters to the length and width of the table to allow for movement and seating. When choosing where to place your decking, choose an area that receives as much, or as little, sunshine or shade as you prefer—and always be sure to avoid soggy land. 

Essential Tools and Equipment

The essential equipment you will need to either invest in, or indeed borrow, includes a strong spade, a drill and relevant attachments, a paintbrush, a steel tape-measure, a builder’s square, a straight edge tool, a spirit level, and a strong panel saw.

Other necessary tools include wooden pegs, a large bag of gravel, screws specifically suitable for decks, joists and boards for decking, and a recognized brand of weed-control fabric. 

Step-By-Guide to Building Your Own Decking

  1. Draw a to-scale plan of the area and mark out the space in your garden. 
  2. Remove all plants and turf and ensure the ground is entirely level. 
  3. Lay weed-control fabric on the earth and spread gravel on top. 
  4. Assemble the base frame of your decking, fixing the outer frame first. 
  5. Attach the inner joists and use the correct screws in each location
  6. Lay the decking boards from one end to the other carefully and precisely

Maintenance is crucial to ensure your softwood decking remains in excellent condition, which involves regularly cleaning the area thoroughly with a stiff brush and water.

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