Just seven weeks until the start of Spring….!

cp-new2It may seem a little premature to be thinking about the start of Spring, but we need something to look forward too, and let’s be honest seven weeks passes in the blink of an eye nowadays.  In another month we should start to see slightly lighter evenings and that should help push us along to Spring and out of the Winter doldrums.

We know it’s likely that there’s still the severest of Winter weather yet to come, after all, we haven’t seen the snow yet – just the wind, rain, hail and if the local papers are to be believed, a tornado this weekend just gone!  However we won’t let this deter us, we’re going to remain firmly focused on Spring and the burning desire we have not to arrive at work in the dark AND leave work in the dark!

david_markey_2So, a new stock of  Forestrall pattern standard decking (27x145mm grooved treated softwood decking) has arrived at the yard.  Varying in lengths from 3.0m, 3.3m, 3.6m, 3.9m, 4.2m, 4.5m, 4.8m, 5.1m, 5.4m to 6.0m.  Thoughts turn to barbecues and sipping an ice cold beer, whilst sat on the decking in the evening, and we thought we’d look at the age old argument of Do It Yourself or hire a professional for building decking?

The rule of thumb appears to be if it’s a low level decks then the project is well within the scope of most DIY enthusiasts however for a raised deck or an area of decking that includes changes of level, specialist expertise is required to ensure the deck is structurally safe for the people using it.

We’re “on the fence” (no pun intended!) on this one, as we agree that experience DIY’ers can competently take on decking however the level of finish and quality that you get from employing a professional is more often than not worth paying that little bit extra for.

There are many online guides to laying decking, an example from Homebuilding & Renovating here or from Channel 4 here.

Pricing guides advise that depending on the tradespeople you use, the size of the deck andDeckingFixings
the type of materials, costs will range from around £25.00 per square metre for a DIY decking projects using budget wood through to £100.00+ per square metre for a professional installation using premium materials.

The materials costs for decking can vary substantially. Depending on your budget you might decide to go for the cheaper softwood option, which will still look fantastic years
from now, or you may opt for hardwood decking, more expensive but gives a superior finish. Compare your local timber yard with DIY stores as you will find you often get a better deal from a timber specific supplier, and take the time to look at the different types of decking that are available. This needs to be a considered decision as it is one that you will be living with many years to come.

For decking professionals we’ve discovered The Decking Network which is a free network of all things decking to include photos, forum, blogs, news, information, advice and how to’s.  This is a great platform to get advice on planning permission, building regulations, design, fixtures and fittings.

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or a professional, at Forestrall we will always do our best to guide and advise on the best products for the job in hand, so don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01474 444150 or sales@forestrall.co.uk

If you want to purchase your decking materials on line, then click HERE to head straight to the TimberClick page.

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