Planning your Decking Area



Decking is a great way to create an extension to your own living space, and bring the indoors out! Whether you want to add space for outdoor entertaining, a kids play area, or a relaxing spot, decking is quick, easy and versatile.


VERSATILE

Use for sloping parts of the garden or walk straight out from your living space, decking can manage all garden areas, including shady spots where the grass doesn’t grow. Gripsure decking allows you to add in some steps or join two areas of the garden with a walkway, safe in the knowledge it won’t get slippery, even in the most inhospitable areas.

QUICK 'N' EASY

Gripsure decking can be installed by the most inexperienced of DIY’ers, with just a few simple tools. With a helping hand from our range of pedestals, sub-frames can be fitted onto your existing garden surface, without any need for back-breaking digging and messy concrete.



STEP 1: DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO USE YOUR DECKING FOR

Do you want to create a BBQ/dining/entertaining area? Is it a safe walkway or access that you need? Do you want it to be in full sun, or part shade for those hazy summer days? A runout area from the house for the children to safely play on?

Spending some time at this stage will help you determine the location, the size, the shape, the access and the look of the decked area. So it’s important to get it right.

Gripsure recognises that many projects are planned with the all-too short summer months in mind, when in reality decked garden areas will be used all year round, which is why we always recommend the use of our non-slip decking boards for the complete project.

Eating and Drinking On Garden Decking


Example Garden Decking Plan

STEP 2: MAKE A PLAN ON PAPER OR IN THE GARDEN

Once you’ve decided on what you will be doing on the deck, make a rough sketch and add all the items you think you’ll need, it’s surprising how much space a BBQ, outdoor dining tables and a few plant pots will take up.

Even better still, if you're looking to entertain on your decking, arrange your garden furniture in the space you're considering. This will give you a good idea of how much space you might need - and don't forget to allow room to move any chairs around, and to allow for access around furniture.




STEP 3: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS


Is the ground level or does it have a noticeable slope? Level gardens offer the easiest conditions for laying decking, but even the most difficult or steep of slopes can work with decking and are quick and simple if using the Gripsure adjustable pedestals.

Do you have any existing features to work around? From trees to posts, there's no need to remove anything else from your space to accommodate your decking - simply work around them. And if it's a tree, it makes sense to research the species as some trees can be very fast growing and so might need much more room than you first anticipate

How close is the site to your house? Decking can work well both adjoining your home and further away from it. If you're looking to step out from your home onto the decking, there are few important extra considerations that must be made during installation, but we'll take you through those later during the laying process.

How much sun does it get? The south-facing side of the house will offer the most sunshine, however if you're looking to avoid the sun, select a shady spot.

What's the view from the site? Perhaps you have a particularly stunning view that you'd like to look on from your decking, or the rear of your house.

How much privacy does the site afford? Does it offer you the privacy that you want from your neighbours and does it maintain their privacy from you?

Gripsure Contemporary Non-Slip  Decking

Remember! Check for underground service like pipes and cables. If in doubt it's well worth while renting a cable avoidance tool (CAT) to check for any pipes or cables beneath the proposed decking area.



Planning Permission For Garden Decking

STEP 4: DO YOU NEED PLANNING PERMISSION?

 

Building regulations, planning permission and local byelaws can be complicated, subject to change and vary across the country. Because of that, we don’t advise on these issues in detail.

You do not normally need planning permission to put down a deck. The only case where you should apply for planning permission is if your decking area is more than 300mm high but, if in doubt, we recommend that you check with your Local Planning Authority about your project plans before you start.

It's a good idea to speak to any neighbours who may be affected by your decking too. Objections from neighbours is the most common reason for planning refusal or restrictions imposed by the authorities, so make time to have a chat with them, explain your plans and listen to any concerns they might have before taking the next step.




STEP 5: CHOOSE YOUR DECKING TYPE

 

There are three main types of decking out there, all of which we offer a version off with our fantastic non-slip safety surface. Lets take a look at the pros and cons...

DECKING TYPE PROS CONS

Boards

Adds value to the home; traditional timber deck; long-lasting and beautiful

Each board is laid individually making it a little more labour intensive; more versatile than kits or tiles

Tiles

Ideal for small decks; easy to install and remove; can be placed over existing surfaces or used with pedestals

Not always seamless; doesn't last as long as other options

Kits

Ready to use; quick assembly; everything you need is included; very affordable

Fixed size; less flexibility with layout; can't accommodate slopes



MATERIAL PROS CONS

Slow Grown European Redwood (Softwood)

15 year preservative treatment; easy to install; cot effective; can paint, oil or stain

Will have natural timber features of knots and splits

Tropical Hardwoods

Durable to 50 years; beautiful knot free timber that weathers to a natural grey

Not as sustainable as other decking choices

Bamboo

Durable to 30 years; very sustainable as it's a grass that is harvested; very stable and hard

Expensive and can only be bought in fixed 1.85m lengths


STEP 6: CHOOSE YOUR DECKING MATERIAL

 

Modern timber decking is a far cry from the cheap and cheerful materials of the 80’s! There's a wide choice with different benefits and price points which we dipped into in the table next door.



STEP 7: THE FINAL CHOICE - PICK A DESIGN!

There are different ways of configuring your deck boards. Here are some of our favourite designs.


Horiztonal Decking Design
Basket Weave Decking Design
Diamond Decking Design

Horizontal

Basket Weave

Diamond


45 Degrees Diagonal Decking Design
V Shape Decking Design
Parquet Decking Design

45 Degrees Diagonal

V Shape

Parquet


Angle-Cut herringbone Decking Design
Perimeter-Trimmed Decking Design
Alternating Sizes Decking Design

Angle-Cut Herringbone

Perimeter-Trimmed

Alternating Sizes