Ashley Smith Exterior Design - Decking
Whether you're looking to fill a small space or create something more substantial, your new deck isn't just another garden feature, it's an exciting and affordable way of enhancing the beauty and value of your living space.
But more importantly, it will give you your well deserved private oasis within the walls of your own home. We cater for almost any situation, so whether you want a split level deck or you're looking to cover uneven ground, we're more than happy to come along and offer our creative input to help get the ball rolling.
Our most popular style of decking is of course, the classic timber deck. With your timber deck, you have a choice of Softwood or Hardwood.
Rich in beauty and highly economical, the pressure treated Scandinavian Redwood (Softwood) would be the mainstream approach. It is flexible to work with and provides a handful of options in dimension and design and, when looked after (see aftercare below), will serve you many glorious summers, while maintaining it's former beauty.
A Hardwood deck will inevitably outperform any Softwood deck, as it's natural origin is of a slower production and is more hard wearing no matter the outdoor environment. However, Hardwood takes longer to process than Softwood, making it the more expensive option for decking.
Another style which is making a big impact on the market is Composite decking which is formed out of recycled materials (plastic and wood). A long lasting and fresh approach, Composite offers you a durable and maintenance free deck and is available in many colours and designs.
The British weather can take its toll on your timber deck, leaving it in need of a little maintenance. But there are plenty of things you can do to keep it looking its best and protect it from the elements.
First and foremost, keep it clean. Don't let leaves build up, especially if they're wet as they will leave marks and cause the timber to rot. If you plan on having potted plants, make sure they are elevated to prevent water stains and damp spots.
Many customers find choosing the right finish for their deck a slightly confusing. But it doesn't have to be.
Decking oils are more often than not the most popular choice in treating your deck. They penetrate deep in to the timber with a slightly dark tint, enhancing the rustic beauty of the wood. Also, oil will not crack when the timber expands and contracts. We recommend applying decking oil twice a year for maximum protection.
Another form of treatment includes deck stain, which is available in a variety of colours, is waterproof and all round offer's a strong form of protection. Also, there is a huge range of coloured paints on the market so if you're in the mood for making a big statement, then why not go down that root.