Building a deck?
Before you jump headfirst into the world of deck building, let’s explore some timber tips to ensure your deck stands the test of time and becomes the pinnacle spot for unforgettable gatherings.
1. Measure Twice, Cut Once:
Before you get carried away with excitement and your inner architect starts drawing out grandiose plans, remember this golden rule: Measure twice, cut once! Trust us; it’ll save you from the frustration of realising your deck is a little wonky and not as perfectly aligned as you had imagined. So grab that tape measure, get your angles right, and your deck will be on its way to becoming a geometric marvel!
2. Decking Timber: Choosing the Perfect Wood:
Ah, the soul of your deck – the timber! Selecting the right wood can make all the difference. Whether you opt for the classic charm of Cedar, the sturdy and budget-friendly Pine, or the sophisticated elegance of Thermowood, each type of timber has its unique character. So do a little research, explore your options, and pick the wood that resonates with your vision (and your wallet!). Contact us – we will give you all the info you need.
3. Durable & Resilient:
A deck is not just for show; it’s meant to withstand the elements and the test of time. When it comes to decking timber, durability is key. Look for wood that can handle Mother Nature’s mood swings without breaking a sweat. A little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine, and your deck should stand tall, unscathed!
4. Eco-Friendly Choices:
Hey, we love environment as much as we love a good gathering. We encourage choosing eco-friendly timber options. Sustainable wood choices, such as Thermowood or Composite Decking (made from recycled materials), allow you to have your perfect deck while keeping a green conscience. It’s a win-win!
5. It’s All About that Base:
The foundation of your deck is crucial. The last thing you want is your beautiful creation to come tumbling down. Ensure a strong and sturdy base to support your deck’s weight and the enthusiastic dance moves of your guests. Safety first!
6. Seal the Deal – Deck Stains & Sealants:
Once you’ve chosen your timber, show it some love with the right stains and sealants. Not only will they protect the wood from sun and rain, but they’ll also enhance its natural beauty.
7. Let Creativity Flow:
Building a deck is like turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece. Let your creativity run wild! Add quirky features like built-in benches, charming planters, or twinkling fairy lights. Your deck should reflect your personality and become an extension of your home – an outdoor sanctuary where memories are made.
8. Time to Party!
Finally, after all the hard work and careful planning, it’s time to throw open the doors and invite friends, family, and neighbours for a good old-fashioned deck-warming party! Fill the air with laughter, fire up the braai, and revel in the joy of your newly built deck. Cheers to unforgettable gatherings!
Aspiring deck builders – this is for you. From measuring meticulously to selecting the perfect timber, creating a deck promises endless fun and cherished moments. Now, armed with these handy tips and a dose of enthusiasm, contact us at Universal Plywoods to give you all the advice you need on the timber front.