Can decking be smooth?
Grooved decking can look really attractive, but in certain circumstances, a smooth decking board is preferable. Smooth decking boards have a highly uniform look and in many instances provide a more desirable walking surface than grooved boards.
Does decking have to have grooves?
There is a growing preference to fit deck boards grooved side down with the reeded or smooth side facing up. It is entirely up to you whether you lay the boards grooved side up or down but, there are a few things you should bear in mind. Deck boards with grooves are designed to channel water away from the deck.
How do you soften the look of decking?
Go Vertical with Plants Hanging baskets are a popular decorating choice on decks and for good reason. A few hanging baskets help soften the open sides of covered-deck spaces with lush blooms and foliage.
Should decking boards be grooves up or down?
Any decking board manufacturer or professional will tell you: “The proper way to install a decking board is ridge side down.” The ridges are designed to allow for airflow, to stop moisture sitting in the ridge, and allow for a stronger structure.
How long does softwood decking last?
between 10 to 15 years
Hardwood decking has known to last over 40 years, although pressure treated softwood can last just as long if it’s treated well. Left untreated, softwood decking can last between 10 to 15 years, so over time hardwood can be a more economical material.
How can I do decking cheaply?
One of the most popular choices for cheap decking online is to use pallets. Pallet decking is all about taking wooden pallets and using their slats to create new shapes and designs.
What should you put under your deck?
A layer of crushed gravel, with or without plastic or weed barrier cloth, is the best choice for using under a deck. It sheds moisture instead of absorbing it, keeps the area under the deck drier, and won’t decay.
Can grooved deck boards be used with smooth deck boards?
Grooved or ribbed boards can also be used alongside smooth deck boards as a design feature. Many manufacturers now offer dual purpose boards offering you two surface style options. Simply lay these with your preferred option on top.
What are the dimensions of timtimber decking?
Timber decking available in boards machined from 150mm wide and 38mm thick. All the boards have been pressure treated for long life and low maintenance. Available in 3.6m lengths.
What material is used for slatted decking?
4 GROOVED TIMBER BOARDS ARE GENERALLY USED FOR SLATTED DECKING, BUT SUSTAINABLE COMPOSITE MATERIAL IS ALSO AVAILABLE. NZBC CLAUSE B2 DURABILITYrequires that decking and associated fixings must have a minimum 15-year durability.
What is composite decking?
Composite decking uses recycled materials, so it provides a sustainable alternative to timber decking. It looks like timber but is UV, insect, mildew and moisture resistant, is low maintenance (no rotting, splintering, warping or loss of colour) and comes prefinished so it requires no painting, staining or oiling. Check the slip resistance