Back yards can quickly become tired and uninspiring, being relegated to storage space for outdoor equipment you don’t want in your house. However, as the temperatures start to rise, you might want to upgrade your yard by adding decking to your property.
Though a popular addition, there are several things you should consider to ensure that you get the most out of your upgrade. Considering this, here are four things to consider when adding decking to your yard:
How are you planning to use your decking?
Perhaps the first thing to consider is how you are going to use your decking once it has been built, as this will have an implication on several factors such as the type of decking you use.
For instance, will your decking become part of a porch, used as an additional living space? Will you be inserting electrical equipment such as a refrigerator and fans? Or will your decking be exposed to the elements? Are you planning on putting a garden furniture set on top of your decking?
You should also consider safety, is your decking going to be raised? If so, you’ll need to have steps and a rail, as well as rail around the decking to stop anyone from accidentally falling off.
How will you install your decking?
It is possible to install your decking by yourself if you have the correct tools and knowledge. If this is what you are planning on doing, certain types of decking are easier to put together, such as decking tiles. Alternatively, hiring professional deck builders will provide you with the peace of mind that your decking is installed correctly by experts and be built to last.
How large is your decking budget?
Another important consideration is how much money you can spend on your decking. If you are on a tight budget, an economical option might be to choose composite decking, which provides the look of wood decking at a lower cost, and plan on installing your decking yourself.
To make the DIY installation process easier, opt for decking tiles rather than separate planks. If you have a higher budget and would like a luxury, all-natural look, you can invest in wood decking that is installed by experts.
What type of decking do you want?
Decking is offered in a wide variety of different materials and styles to suit every possible taste. The most common type of decking is composite decking, made from a blend of wood fibers and plastic. This provides the look of real wood in a synthetic form, making it easier to maintain and more resistant to scratches, dents, and chips, as well as being more economical than real wood decking.
However, you might prefer the real thing and choose wood decking. If you do decide on wood decking, bear in mind that you will have to carry out annual maintenance, such as sanding and re-staining, to ensure that your decking always looks its best.
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