How much decking will I need?
Firstly you need to calculate the total area in m2
To do this, simply measure the length and width and follow this formula: Length x Width = Area in m2
Next you need to calculate the m2 of the desired deckboard (again this is Length x Width)
Then follow this formula:
Total Area (m2) ÷ Area of Deckboard (m2) = Quantity needed
Example: The area I want to deck is 3.6m L x 3.6m W.
The deckboard I am using is 3.6m x 138mm (the width will change to 143mm in the calculations as we must add 5mm for expansion gap)
The area to be decked in m2 is 3.6 x 3.6 = 12.96m2
The area of the deckboard is 3.6 x 0.143 = 0.52m2
12.96 ÷ 0.52 = 24.92
The number of deckboards I need is 25.
Which of your Deck Boards do I need?
We offer 3 types of Deck Boards; Budget, Standard and Heavy Duty so you may be unsure as to which is most suitable for you.
Firstly it’s important to remember that the Budget Deck Boards are not suitable for areas that will be walked on, they’re for costmetic purposes only and are best used as fascias or cladding.
The Standard Deck Boards are very versatile and suitable for most areas, especially domestic so these are the best cost effective option.
The Heavy Duty Deck Boards are exactly that and best suited for commercial areas (i.e. pub gardens etc.) although they can be used domestically, it’s probably not necessary or cost effective.
When building the frame, how far apart should the joists be?
A maximum of 450mm. Our full guide on installing decking, including the framework, can be found below in our collection of ‘How-to Guides’
If I want spindles, how far apart should they be?
A maximum of 90mm apart (Mandatory regulations to ensure a child can’t get their head in the gap)
How often to I need to treat my decking?
For pressure treated softwood decking, it’s recommended to re-treat it every year to optimise longevity of the boards. If you plan on treating an older deck surface, it’s very important to either clean or restore your surface before treatment. Attempting to apply product to a used, dirty deck will not be effective. After cleaning, leave enough time for the surface to dry thoroughly before getting started.
How often should I clean my decking?
We recommend that you clean your deck at least twice a year, ideally in warm & dry weather conditions. This will prevent any build-up of organic matter & dirt from damaging your deck. If you would like to wash it more often, it won’t do any harm, but it’s definitely not essential.
How can I remove stains or discolouration?
Common causes of discolouration include sunlight exposure, dirt, mildew & stains. After exposure to UV rays & outdoor weather conditions, many decks will fade and experience some level of discolouration.
Most of the time, a simple brush-down with decking cleaner will remove any offending stains. Most products will use a bleach base which will help to rid your deck of mildew and its darkening effect. If this doesn’t go far enough, you will likely need to consider either acid-washing the surface, or restoring your deck