Installing decking into your garden can completely revitalise the look and experience of your outside space. Decking not only creates a platform for sitting and soaking up the sunshine, but it is also incredibly functional for gatherings such as BBQs, and can create a striking structural centrepiece in your garden.
As the weather gets warmer, summer 2014 is a perfect time to think about looking into professional garden decking installation. Decking can be easier to assemble than patios, and wood is actually very versatile in creating the exact effect you are imagining. Wooden decking is strong, reliable, and blends into the environment of your garden, looking natural and elegant.
Our decking designers and decking installers in Exeter are experts in creating a design to suit your needs on projects of all sizes. We supply the highest quality of beautiful, weather-resistant materials, and creating a bespoke finish for a gorgeous decking space to last a lifetime. Here are some tips for when you are planning your new decking.
What to consider when planning your garden decking
Where to build garden decking
The first thing you will need to consider when designing your decking is where in your outdoor area it should be positioned. A deck can really be built anywhere in your garden. Many people choose to extend their deck from their home, inserting patio doors so that they can simply walk out onto the decking. This can look very stylish and means that you can enjoy your garden with very little effort. A standalone decking can also look very striking and creates a centrepiece in your outside space. Whether you want to place the decking in a corner, along one side or in a central position is entirely up to you: anything is possible!
When designing your decking, consider where the sunlight falls on your garden throughout the day. You might be looking for a real sun-catching spot, in which case, make note of where is the warmest area of your garden. However, you could also take into account shade and create a decking with a cooler area for those hot summer months.
If you intend to use your decking for entertaining, it’s important to situate it in an easy accessible, visible and central area so that guests can use it as a point for socialising. It is also a good idea to think about which areas of your garden provide the most beautiful views – this is something you will experience on your decking every day.
Designing your decking
When designing your decking, it’s important to consider not only functionality, but how it will contribute to the overall appearance of your garden. You will want to enhance the features your garden already boasts, and create a statement.
Will you go for a classic, simple rectangle? This look will never go out of fashion, and is great for patio tables, barbeques and multi-purpose use. It creates clean lines in a garden and can look incredibly stylish.
Or are you thinking of a more unique design, something to add a bit of interest to your space? Perhaps some steps, or multiple levels? Anything can be achieved by our specialist decking installers, so whatever idea you have, we can make it happen! Think creatively, reflect your personality and work with what you’ve got and you will have a beautiful decking that will renovate the appearance of your garden entirely.
Which are the best materials for garden decking?
Our decking experts at CPM Exeter use highest quality of materials that will withstand anything the temperamental British weather can present your decking. We can source any type of wood and fittings to create a truly unique finish that will perfectly complement your garden and tastes.
There are many types of wood to choose from when building a decking. The two main categories are softwood and hardwood. Softwood is, as you might have guessed, softer, and comes from coniferous trees. This is a very popular choice, as it is available in a range of profiles, grooved, reeded, or flat, and it is also very cost-effective. A softwood decking can last up to 25 years and is quick to install. Hardwood decking is made from timber of premium quality, harder and more resilient than softwood, but is also more expensive. Hardwood comes in a variety of gorgeous colours, which require more attention to maintain, but with the correct care it will last forever. Every different type of hardwood has unique characteristics and appearances, each of which are truly beautiful.
You can choose from almost any type of wood to suit your garden. Our expert decking designers will guide you in picking out the materials to create a stunning finish.
Contact decking installers in Exeter today for specialist advice!
If you want to transform the look of your garden and create a space for enjoying the sunshine for years to come, contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation to make your decking dreams come true!