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Timber decking project Bristol:

Wooden decking is great option when you require a quick, medium budget clean-looking hard standing area.

A timber deck can be made to stand alone, forming a base for a bench or table and chairs in a sun trap area within the garden. Alternatively it can be designed into a larger timber based theme including structures like fencing, trellis, pergolas, arbours, cladding,  raised ponds or planters and timber buildings. Timber decking also works well in unison with harder landscaping materials like stone paving or walling and softer landscaping such as turf lawns and planting. Timber decking is often used to bridge the gap between these harder and softer areas within a garden and can encase water features and raised ponds. Timber decks are versatile and can be cut to fit to any shape be it free-standing or existing boundaries dictated by straight lines or curved.

We have installed several wooden decks in Bristol over existing concrete areas as a way to disguise unsightly old concrete without the cost of removal.

Timber decking in Bristol; material options:

There are two basic variations of decking off the shelf; these are softwood and hardwood. Both come in many species, sizes and textures. The cheapest option is usually treated pine decking boards. There are a variety of other options including Larch and Cedar. The hardwood options range from a little more expensive to considerably more expensive. The options are many including Balau, Ipe, Iroko, Oak and Teak. Composite decking is becoming more common with several on the market some are entirely plastic others are a mixture of timber and or plastics and can be hollow or solid. Specialised deck boards include non-slip strips and artificial turf inlaid. There are many existing timbers that can be used alternatively as decking, examples we have used include treated scaffold boards and sleepers.

Timber decking in Bristol; the process:

  • Clear the intended site; removing any shrubs, trees, plants and larger more hardy weeds.
  • Put in strip footings or concrete pads for support posts.
  • Lay out professional grade weed suppressing membrane and weigh down in place.
  • Measure, mark up and cut joists. create a box around the area and a series of joists parallel to one pair of ends.
  • Fix in place with appropriate screws.
  • Measure, mark up and cut noggins to position in between the joists.
  • Fix in place with appropriate screws.
  • Attach support posts as required to level the deck joists over the area.
  • Measure, mark up and cut deck boards and position over the joists, remember to allow an overhang where required.
  • Fix in place with appropriate screws. A few spacer’s will allow you to create even gaps over the length of the boards. This increases air flow and can aid in preventing cigarette butts becoming trapped in between the boards.
  • Fit fascia boards if required to cover visible joists.
  • Treat as required with your chosen preservative, oil or stain.

Additions could include: Multiple height tiers, steps, water features or ponds, flower beds, balustrades, and integrated timber structures.

If you are interested in getting a new deck, decking design or decking quote in the Bristol and Bath regions contact us at Aquaflora Landscapes and we will be happy to help you.