Decking is a beautiful addition to any home. Adding value to a property, creating practicality outdoors, and offering a place to relax or entertain guests are just a few of the benefits they bring.
If you like the idea of expanding your home outwards with minimal cost and fuss, then decking is your best bet. With just some basic DIY skills and the right products to hand, you could be well on your way to transforming the outside of your home.
So, for some helpful guidance and tips along the way, continue reading on. Here’s how to create a long-lasting and practical deck for you, your friends, and family to enjoy.
1. Choose a suitable decking material
Choosing a decking material the first and most important decision you’ll make when building a deck. They each have their own aesthetic appeal, maintenance requirements, and other important consideration to keep in mind when choosing. At the end of the day, it comes down to what’s right for you, based on personal and practical tastes.
Here are the most popular material options to choose from and why:
- Pressure-treated wood – Among the various types of wood decking, pressure-treated wood is the most common. It’s treated with chemicals that contains insecticide and anti-rot properties which helps to enhance its natural durability. Pressure-treated wood is also easy to find, cut, and work with. However, compared to composite and hardwood decking, the most important differences involve the splitting, warping and cracking tendencies of pressure-treated wood. Pressure-treated wood also requires regular maintenance.
- Cedar decking – Commonly regarded and a higher-quality material than pressure-treated wood, cedar gradually weathers into a soft grey tone through the years. It’s a lightweight option that’s easy to work with as well, making it great for DIY projects. It contains natural tannings for resistance against decay, infection, and rot. As with pressure-treated wood, cedar will require a fair amount of regular maintenance. It’s more expensive than previous option too, but you pay for the extra quality - so expect cedar to outperform pressure-treated wood.
- Composite decking – There are many types of composite decking, as “composite” refers to different materials combined to make a new finished product”. But you’ll often find that it’s low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and wood used to create composite decking. The great thing about composite decking materials is that the plastic material provides another level of durability to the wood. It becomes extremely scratch resistant, as well as protected against chips, warping, and splitting. Composite decking is also very low-maintenance – something that traditional wooden decking doesn’t provide. With minimal care, you’ll notice your composite decking remains in top shape for much longer.