decking regulations EC5

To regulate or not to regulate

To regulate or not to regulate the way decking structures are built in the UK There are many different ways to construct a decking platform, too many decking options to choose from but how do we build them? Whether you choose traditional timber, HDPE or aluminium for your frame there is a standard within which … Read more

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Decking design Ideas for Hardwood decking

Decking design Ideas for Hardwood decking The best ideas for your decking will come from the other elements of your garden, well parts of it anyway. Most hardwood decking terraces are to enhance the useability of your garden space. Whether you need more space for seating, relaxing or somewhere to BBQ. Hardwood decking can suit … Read more

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Questions for your garden deck 

Questions for your garden deck  Questions a designer may ask before proposing a decking solution When you have decided to ask decking companies for a quotation for a new deck you are going to be asked as series of questions. You can wait until the meeting or you could prepare a list of answers prior … Read more

Garden decking maintenance tips

Garden decking maintenance tips

Garden decking maintenance tips Garden decking maintenance tips, from experts, will keep your wood or composite decking looking its best all year. Your decking platform is in your garden, outside and is subject the all of the elements from the weather. The UK has temperature of a sweltering plus 40°C to a freezing cold minus … Read more

Can I have a fire pit on my decking?

Can I have a fire pit on my decking?

Can I have a fire pit on my decking? Of course, you may have a fire pit anywhere you like, where you put it is entirely up to you. Whether it should be there is totally different question. Modern gas fires or fires that use a liquid to produce flames are usually acceptable. These sorts … Read more

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Do I need decking balustrade ?

Do I need decking balustrade? Building Regulations say when a balustrade has to be fitted to your decking. It’s there for your safety as it prevents you from falling off when the decking platform is too high. Balustrades can also form handrails when walking up and down stepped elements of the deck or garden. When … Read more

Garden Landscaping advice Selfbuild

Garden Design and Landscaping advice for Self-build projects

.Garden Design and Landscaping advice for Self-build projects Use a professional for advice Whilst you may be using smaller subcontractors or even attempting the build yourself it does pay dividends to see the assistance of a professional Garden Designer. You may find someone suitable in the Association of Professional Landscapers. Get your garden designed before … Read more

Best decking joist tape to protect your decking

Best decking joist tape to protect

Best decking joist tape to protect Using “Decking Tape” to protect your joists Decking Tape has been for years and it’s here to stay. It is a sensible option that ensures maximum protection for your timber joists. It doesn’t matter which structural grading you use or the treatment class of the timber.  By correctly applying … Read more

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Help! My Garden Landscaping has gone Wrong

Help! My Garden Landscaping has gone Wrong This is what you need to do if you think your garden landscaping or decking project hasn’t been installed correctly. “My garden floods, my patio holds water, my wall is not level, the render is coming off the wall, the gaps in my decking are massive, my deck … Read more