Designing and Installing decks
Decks come in a vast array of styles and materials. And each project has its particular requirements and needs. We’ve built a deep knowledge of all the factors that go into each and every deck building project. Sometimes your budget will drive decisions relating to the deck building materials used. Other times money is no object but we still have some space considerations to factor in which may constrain a project’s scope.
Whatever the factors are affecting your particular deck build, we harness years of experience to find the most effective ways of accommodating them. We’ve truly seen and done it all!
So, whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance, platform deck made from composite deck materials a budget deck or a high-end multilevel deck. Great Oaks landscapes can get the job done.
Types of Decking
IComposite decking has increased in popularity in recent years, manufactured from a mixture of recycled plastics and wood fibres, composite decking can offer a more sustainable solution than traditional timber. Composite decking offers greater protection both from rain and the sun’s UV rays, without the need to treat it and will not fade, crack, split, splinter, go mouldy or rot over time. Installation of composite decking uses the same tools as traditional wood decking with the added benefit of side grooves for hidden fasteners. A hidden fastener system makes use of grooves built into the sides of the decking planks for a smooth surface without any screws showing.
A softwood deck means that the timber is made from a softwood tree. It’s the most popular and least expensive type of decking. The designs usually come in boards that are 150mm wide and 35mm thick and are reversible. One side is smooth and the other is ribbed or readed design. Customers can choose whatever side they prefer to suit their design or preferred aesthetics they would like to create.
Hardwood is very long lasting and will be durable well into the future. This is why lots of people choose hardwood over softwood decking. The appeal of hardwoods lies in their naturally rich, deep colours that weather over time to develop a beautiful warmth and character. Hardwoods can be stained if you wish, to your distinct colour preference. Hardwoods are highly resistant to fungal growth and offer naturally superior levels of durability and wear resistance, without any additional chemical treatment. With only nominal care and maintenance with treatment oils or stains, they retain their natural beauty year after year – a major plus for the busy lifestyles we lead today.