Here at The Outdoor Look, we stock and provide you with a vast range of composite decking to help your outdoor space become a garden. But is it easy to install? The short answer? Yes. Composite decking is the low-maintenance alternative to using timber for any form of decking. This means there is no hard work sanding and sealing your deck regularly to keep it from splintering. With composite decking, you can still enjoy the look of timber, depending on what type of decking you choose. If you are a keen DIY-er or a first timer, you will be able to efficiently and quickly install your composite decking. In this blog post, we outline a few simple tips on how best to go about creating your new garden with composite decking.
Let your decking adjust whilst you map your area
It is always a good idea to let your decking adjust to the outdoor conditions and moisture for a day or two before you install it, so try and avoid fitting your decking the second it arrives.
Whilst your decking is adjusting to the elements, you can kill the time by mapping out the area that you will place the decking. All you need for this is a measuring tape and a few markers. Mapping the area out beforehand will allow you to work out how high the decking will be from the ground, as well as how wide your decking will be. This can always be done before even purchasing your composite decking so you are buying just the right amount. You will also be able to set your decking at the right gradient. Here you are then ready to dig the spot where you will lay the foundations.
Build the frame
Ensuring that your frame is as strong and sturdy as possible, it is best to make this out of wood, timber or metal that will sink deep enough into the ground. You want to be sure the structure is strong enough to not only withstand the decking, but the added weight of decking furniture and people. You can choose how high or low to the ground you want it with your frame, depending on where you wish to place the decking.
The wooden or steel pillars that sink into the ground will serve as a foundation for your decking. Once these have been set and fitted, you can place the joists that you will on the composite. Make sure your joists are spaced adequately, and that they are laid perpendicular to the house. This means your decking can be laid parallel to your building.
Arrange the decking
If you have built a solid foundation, arranging the decking is the easy part. When laying the decks down, it is easiest to start from the side of a wall or your house and work your way out from there. This will make it easier to fix them down.
If you have chosen concealed clips for your decking, make sure to use starter clips to start the first set of boards that are laid closest to the wall or your house. Once done, you can use your concealed clips or T-clips to install the remainder of the decking. If you have chosen to use screws, you will know to arrange the first board and drive the screw in with a screwdriver. It really is as simple as that.
Cover the edges
Covering the edges of your decking is important not only for aesthetics but also for safety reasons to prevent any one from tripping. Especially if you have any children running around. There are several ways of covering the edges of your decking. One way is by using our “square edge” Boards an edge. This ensures that the edges are covered by the same boards and will provide a neater finish and smoother look. Our L shape Trims can also be used to cover any open edge you may have.