Top Decking Mistakes to Avoid
If you’re considering constructing your own deck, it’s important that you be well-prepared just like decking Brighton are for any job. In this post, we’ve compiled a complete guide to the biggest mistakes you should avoid when doing any decking in your garden. By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll be on your way to constructing a beautiful and secure deck that will last you for years.
From protecting your deck against the elements to deciding which material to craft your deck out of, keep on reading to build to perfect back garden deck.
Prepare and Apply for Everything
Before you begin any manual work on your deck, it’s imperative that you check for any permits or applications necessary to build a deck in your town. Once you’re certain that everything is in order and you have the proper permits, make sure to prepare and design your deck thoroughly before beginning any construction.
From drawing your board layout to deciding on what kinds of materials to use, you should have a complete blueprint for your deck before you begin any work. Decking Brighton avoids silly mistakes by always having a comprehensive step-by-step plan before starting any work.
Use Galvanised Bolts, Nails and Steel
Not using galvanised steel to keep your deck together is the definition of a silly mistake in the deck building world. Coated in an all-important layer of zinc, galvanised steel is protected from rusting and corrosion, making it an essential part of any deck.
Not using galvanised steel will result in large amounts of rust building up on your deck as it gets wet, which happens quite often in the UK. This rust will weaken and break apart the integrity of your deck and the materials themselves, so make sure to avoid this novice mistake by picking your bolts, nails and screws in galvanised steel.
Protect your Deck Early
Just as important as using galvanised steel for your materials, it’s just as important that you protect the other materials of your deck to be weather and termite resistant as soon as possible. Pick more durable hardwood materials (rather than softwood) to avoid sagging, and check for any early signs of termites within your wood.
Most importantly, apply some form of waterproof sealant that is also mould and mildew resistant to your deck planks, and you’ll be set to brave any kind of weather on your deck.
Avoid Softwood Planks
While you might be tempted to use softwood planks for their affordability compared to hardwood, this is another rookie mistake that can compromise your entire deck’s structure. Softwood planks are much weaker than hardwood and composite planks, and will often split or crack before too long.
Decking Brighton also prefers hardwood because while more expensive, it will be much more economical compared to softwood in the long term. Softwood stains easily, changes colour quickly, and isn’t durable enough to last more than a couple of years.
For More Advice from Decking Brighton, Call CPS Landscapes Today
Now that you know the biggest mistakes to avoid, it’s time to start planning and designing your new deck. Of course, if you’re looking for decking Brighton’s expertise, be sure to call CPS Landscapes at 01273 421733.