Decking is a versatile feature that can transform your garden – find out about installing garden decking in our guide.

Garden decking can be used as an outdoor dining space, a pool area, a space for kids to play or somewhere to relax. Decking can also boost the value of your property and enable you to get more use out of your garden all year round. To ensure that your decking looks great and lasts for years to come it’s important that you make sure it’s properly installed – here’s a guide to fitting decking.

The frame

 

The key to constructing a good decking area is the frame. If the decking is being built on an existing patio it should be built of sawn treated timber 50 mm by 150mm (approx.). Before building the frame you need to decide which way the final decking boards are going to run and build the main joists of the frame in the opposite direction at approx 400mm centres. The frame can either be built directly on to the patio or can be built using 100mm x 100mm wooden posts to increase the height. If the 100mm x 100mm wooden posts are used they should be every 1.25 metres along every second joist. In general the more the posts the better as this will help stop the deck from having too much of a spring. Before building the frame it is a good idea to cover the base with a ground sheeting material to stop any weed growth once the decking is finished. Screwing the frame together is the best way to ensure you maintain the strength over a number of years. Building a deck is a great addition to any home. level and build the decking so that the frame has a slight fall about 1 in 100, which means for every metre the frame travels the change in level, will be 1 cm. The fall should be away from any buildings.

Once the basic frame has been constructed it should be strengthened with cross members to add additional strength.

 

 

The finished surface

 

The key is to keep the wood in as long a lengths as possible. When laying the surface you need to screw it to the frame. This is best achieved by marking out the lines you wish the screws to go and pre drilling the holes, finally using an electric screw driver to secure the decking boards .Nailing the boards to the frame is a waste of time because the boards will twist pulling the nails out.

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