Want to know how to get more use and enjoyment out of your backyard immediately?
Build a deck.
A deck extends your home’s indoor space outside, giving you more room to live and enjoy time with your family and friends. They allow you to make the most of our beautiful weather and give you a lovely space to wine and dine outside.
If you don’t have one, here’s a comprehensive guide on how and why 2019 should be the year you install one. If you do have one, follow the tips on how to give your deck some love so you can get more use out of it this year.
There’s a wide range of options available when it comes to decking material and products. The decking material you choose to use will depend on the style and aesthetic you want, the level of upkeep you’re willing to put in, and whether you want an option that is sustainable and good for the environment.
Even though some decking products – like most composites – are low maintenance, it’s still essential you keep them clean and well maintained. Regular sweeping with a soft-bristle broom to stop the build-up of dirt and debris will help your deck look good and enjoy a long outdoor life.
It’s also worth setting aside some time each year to re-seal your deck surface and replace damaged decking boards and fixings if necessary – this is especially important for wood decking.
Deck Planning & Design
When planning and working on your deck design, it’s important to think about how you want to use your deck. If you want a place to retreat and relax, then a small space with built-in seating would be perfect. If you’re planning to entertain big groups of people, a large deck with room for a barbecue and grill could be the way to go.
It’s also important to consider access to and from your home, if you’ll have privacy issues with overlooking properties, and if there are any views – especially city skylines or bushland – that the deck might be able to make the most of.
If you feel confident in your handyperson skills, you might be able to do the deck installation yourself. If this is the case, then a few weekends’ hard work with some friends and you could be enjoying a nice drink on the fruits of your labour.
However, if your deck is on a slope or unstable ground, then it might be worth getting a professional with building experience in. At Decking Perth we’re more than happy to help you organise this. It will make for a hassle-free experience and give you peace-of-mind knowing your deck is well constructed.
Like many things, the quality of the deck can be reflected in its cost. But, it’s also, important to consider the cost of your deck over its potential lifespan. For example, composite decking may have a higher initial cost than conventional decking, but it will last longer and require less maintenance, potentially saving you money in the long run.
The good news is there are many different options to suit a whole range of budgets. And with a good design, quality installation, and regular maintenance and upkeep, you’ll have a deck to enjoy for years to come.
With the endless options of decking you can choose from; it is important to consider location compatibility. The deck needs to like your location and vice-versa.