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How to Plan and Build your own Decking Area

May 08, 2020

Building a decking area can enhance your back or front garden by providing extra space for entertaining and dining. If you are looking for a way to add value to your home and create a fashionable outside space for you and your family and friends to enjoy, then composite decking or timber decking is an excellent way to do this. Decking is a timber-framed or composite decked area built off the ground, often connected to the back of a house of a building but can also be freestanding. 

A deck is essentially an open-air extension of your living space either attached to the house wall or freestanding. Decking is usually build to create a space that is ideal to relax outdoors or outdoor entertainment. It also offers a solution to common garden problems such as unwanted grass, spots and slopes.

Depending on the size of the deck the materials required will increase or decrease. A professional will approximately charge the total cost of installing new timber decking to an area of around 30 square metres, using medium quality materials is around £2,600 and usually takes 2-3 days lay. Various different type of decking materials is available in the market today to suit almost every budget. 

List of tools required for Building a Decking area

  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Spirit level
  • Screwdrivers
  • Battery  drill
  • Mitre saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Measure Tape
  • Workbench

List of materials required for building a decking area

  • Slabs 
  • Decking 
  • Weed Control Fabric 
  • Wood Preserver
  • Nails or nail gun clips (100mm)
  • 8-number decking screw (50mm)
  • Wood for stakes (25mmx50mm)
  • Wood for framework

Permission and Building Regulations

Building up decking or other raised platform in your garden is permitted and don’t require any special permission, for houses providing:

  • The decking or platform is no more than 30cm above the ground level. 
  • The decking or platform covers no more than 50 per cent of the garden area together with outbuilding and other extensions. 

Building regulations, planning permission and local laws can be complicated, subject to change and vary from place to place. Because of that, we can't advise on these issues in detail.

  • Check with your Local Planning Authority about your project plans before you start
  • Speak to any neighbours who may be affected by your decking. Objections from neighbours are the most common reason for planning refusal or restrictions imposed by the authorities. So make time to have a chat with them, explain your plans and listen to any concerns they might have before taking the next step.

How to Lay Decking

Composite decks versus timber deck


Composite decks provide durability. Unlike wood and timber, it is designed specifically to resist staining, fading, scratching, and mod. Similarly, composite don’t get warped, cracked, or rot. In addition, they are splinter-free and insect-proof – making them safer for families with kids.

Easy to maintain

With a composite deck, you won’t have to worry about the maintenance such as painting, staining, or sanding. You just need to clean it with soap and water occasionally. This way, you can maintain the beauty and stability of your garden deck for many years.

Greater choice of tones 

Composite decks feature high-quality wood grain patterns as well as rich and saturated colours – making them look more natural. When it comes to colour options, there are many options to choose from, ranging from earth tones to pristine greys to spicy red. 

This also includes tropically inspired deck boards, which feature the distinctive look of exotic hardwoods. 

Selection of accessories

There is a wide selection of accessories too – such as stairs, railings, gates, furniture, etc. – in order to create an amazing and customized outdoor space (tailored to your needs and tastes). 

A greener option

Composite decks are highly sustainable. They provide the feel and look of wood without any environmental impact. Composite deck boards are made up of recycled content, which includes recycled plastic from items such as newspaper sleeves, shopping bags and reclaimed industrial wood scraps. 

Resistance to water

One of the key problems associated with wood decking is that the boards absorb water readily. Without the regular application of paint, sealers, or stains, wood decking is vulnerable to rotting, cracking, splintering, and warping. 

Most of the composite decking products are resistant to moisture – that’s why they are highly sought after in high wet conditions because they don’t decay. 

While all types of wood decking get splintered eventually, composite decking is made in such a way that the plastic material encasing the small wood fibres won’t allow them to splinter. This, in particular, is significant for children and pets, walking on the deck barefoot, etc. 

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