There is hardly anything nicer than walking around with bare feet in the summer. Feeling the grass tickling between your toes really lifts your spirits.
But lawns can have their drawbacks. It is not always easy to find a space that is large or flat enough to set out all of your garden furniture. It can also be slippery and dirty after it rains. In these cases, a smart solution can be an area with a deck, where barbecue and outdoor furniture can be safely placed to stay clean and steady.
A beautiful deck enhances the appearance of your house, and can even be a cosy suntrap where you can eat, read, recharge your batteries, hang out with friends, throw parties or just lay back and enjoy some peace and quiet.
A wooden deck offers many advantages. To begin with, it’s easy to keep clean. Simply rinse off the deck with water if you happen to spill something. It dries quickly after a cleaning or rain. Wooden decking also feels nice to walk on, as it usually has a steady temperature and is essentially maintenance-free. Last but not least, it naturally also increases the value of your property.
How do I know whether I have permission to build a deck?
Do I need special permission to construct an area with a deck? No. In the UK, you don’t need to apply for planning permission, as long as the decking is no more than 30 cm above the ground.
However, if you are planning an extension to an upper level of a building, you may need to apply for planning permission. As a general rule, decking that forms part of a balcony that will project out from a building will always require planning permission.
The size of your deck may also influence the need for planning permission. You probably will not need to apply for planning permission if the deck does not cover more than 50% of your garden area – but you should take other outbuildings and extensions into account when calculating this. To be on the safe side, we recommend checking with your Local Planning Authority before finalizing your plans.
How do I lay a deck?
Before you start building, you must first carefully prepare the ground. The surface must be steady, well-drained and flat.
The ground should be dug out to create a solid surface. You should then cover it with a layer of sand or gravel, which should be packed firmly using a vibrating packing machine. The edge of the deck should be slightly detached from the house so that rainwater will flow away from the house foundations.
After that, you can simply start building your deck.
As land-based wooden structures may suffer from many natural stresses, the material you choose should be adapted to withstand these. This applies not only to the structure itself, but also to fittings and screws.
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Decking should be securely anchored to the ground in order to withstand wind and weather conditions. If you use ground screws instead of digging foundations or casting a concrete base, you will save a lot of time and work for yourself.
The framework of the deck can be mounted onto a number of ground screws that are drilled approximately 1 meter deep into the ground. The mounting is fast and you can place the screws exactly where you want your framework. After installation of the ground screws, the rest of the work can begin immediately.
The result when using ground screws is more stable than with a concrete base that you dig into the ground. You can even install ground screws during the winter. In other words, it offers a solution with a number of advantages!
We install ground screws for various purposes, including for the anchorage of balconies and decks. The jobs are carried out by over 100 certified installers across the country.
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