It’s that time of year again, when the sun comes out and we all look to the outdoors for our evening leisure time. There’s nothing better than enjoying family time in the evening sun after a hard day at work and school, and whether you have a small outdoor area or a decent size garden, there is a space you can use as a social area.
One of the best ways of creating an area that will be used to the full is to install decking; it is not a difficult job although it requires some level of competence in DIY and the right tools, and there is plenty of advice online that will help you get it right. If you are not confident, there are professionals who will do it for you and it is certainly worth getting a quote.
The beauty of decking is that it can be lit and heated, furnished, and even covered if you want an area you can use when the weather is not great, so here are our tips as to getting the best decking area for your use:
Choose the Best Space
Choosing the location of your decking is the first thing you need to think about. Many people build a deck immediately on the exit from the house to the outdoor area. This is a great choice if you have only a small space, as it makes the best use of limited spaces.
If you have a bigger garden, you may want to site your deck away from the house, so that it creates an entirely separate entertaining area. If you choose this option remember to consider that you will need power laid on for light and heat – and entertainment – but this should not be difficult.
The Right Type of Wood
Your decking will be subject to the elements for many years. Of course, you will do all you can to prepare and protect it, but the first thing to do is consider using the best type of wood, and this is definitely a Brazilian hardwood known as Ipe.
This is a very tough wood that is resistant even to termites, is very long lasting, is low maintenance, scratch resistant, and also resistant to mold and fungi. It is one of the hardest woods around and the most respected suppliers are Ipe Woods who will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with a first-class service for your decking requirements.
Use Available Plans
If you are going to do it yourself, check out plans that you can download online. There are many available and the best advice is to keep it simple. Also, make sure you have decent tools, as the best set of tools will make a job a lot easier.
Decking really is an excellent addition to any garden, so why not check it out further and convert that little-used space into something you, your family and friends can enjoy this summer.