Decked out for summer

Decked out for summer, getting your decking ready

Every summer Aussies love to spend time with their families and friends hanging out on the deck, normally enjoying a BBQ, a few drinks and good conversation. Its a great Aussie tradition that has seen the common deck turn into a multi purpose area. With the introduction of cafe blinds, alfresco doors, plasma screens and heaters these areas can be used all year round. If you’re considering building a deck, pergola or an alfresco area, here are some of the considerations before proceeding.

Firstly, I would advise you to speak with your local council to see if a permit is required, and if there are any special conditions applicable to your area, such as fire risk, some timbers perform better in these types of areas than others.

Secondly design, be sure to make the most of your space and try to think to the future, for example if you intend to add cafe blinds at a later date, make sure you place posts in positions that will take standard sized off the shelf blinds, If you have to have them made to suit, it will be far more costly.

Choosing Decking

Choice of timbers, there are quite a lot of options when it comes to decking, so take the time to investigate what’s available, often you can match the decking with your internal floorboards, bringing the outside in and the inside out, creating a visually bigger area. This will attract so much attention from passersby, you may consider installing Shutters in order to be able to stop these people peering through your windows. We suggest you visit a site like https://www.shuttercraft-norwich.co.uk/ for more information on the styles available!

Consider building your deck over winter, there are a number of advantages to this. Most people will build a deck in the spring or summer months, right when they should be enjoying it. The advantages of constructing your deck over winter are;

Huge cost savings, all decking materials tend to be up to 30% to 40% cheaper over winter, once spring arrives, it is known in the industry as decking season and supply vs demand raises the price of the materials, also the availability of trades is considerably less and they will tend to charge more for their work. Finding good trades people is always hard but you will have better luck in the winter months. Once you’ve got the decking installed, you’ll want to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Using a pool deck sealer may help with this so if you have just had a decking installed, check it out.

At Connollys we have huge decking samples on display and we supply everything you’ll need to create a beautiful deck that will give you, your family and friends a lifetime of memories.

TO VIEW DECKING SAMPLES, PLEASE VISIT OUR SHOWROOM AT 148 GAFFNEY ST COBURG NTH

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