Avoid These (Costly and Frustrating) Outdoor Decking Mistakes

If you are thinking about installing a deck in your home, make sure that you learn what you should not do from the most commonly made outdoor decking mistakes, in order to prevent making them yourself.

There is no doubt that a deck will add plenty of value to any home, but when the design, materials, planning or installation (or all of the above) are not done correctly, your dream deck could end up being closer to a nightmare. Many homeowners start the process without first taking into account the careful planning that needs to be done in order to make the deck safe, compliant with local building laws, positioned properly and well-constructed to ensure longevity.

What are some of the mistakes that are often made with decks, and what is the best way to go about getting started without any potential expensive and time-consuming disasters?

The Biggest Outdoor Decking Mistakes… And How to Avoid Making Them

In no particular order, the mistakes that are often made with outdoor decking materials and installation include the following:

1. Using unsealed wood. An unsealed wooden deck will start to deteriorate a lot sooner than a sealed deck. When boards are not sealed, they begin to look worn out, old and unattractive. They will also become more prone to water, wind and sun damage, which can affect the overall integrity of the wood, too. The best option is to consider an eco-friendly, composite decking solution such as Envirodeck, which does not need to be sealed in order for boards to look as good as new for as long as possible.

2. Not ensuring sufficient ventilation. Even composite decks should be optimised for ventilation, despite the high moisture resistance of this type of decking material. Prolonged exposure to moisture will eventually increase the risk of mould. To prevent this, ensure that there is adequate space when placing boards near structures such as the house, swimming pool and retaining walls so that water can easily drain. There should be gaps between boards as well to allow for expansion and contraction – if you are unsure, ask a decking supplier such as Envirodeck for input into correct spacing. Decking boards should also never be placed directly onto the ground or any other surface aside from the substructure.

3. Using poor or improper materials. Aside from the boards themselves, you will also need to consider the additional materials required to build the deck. Fasteners and substructures made from steel, concrete and even composite material are all required for the deck to be installed. Using incorrect or poor materials can cause structural damage, while also leading to a deck that is less than secure. Ideally, materials that are weather resistant will be best for the entire structure.

4. Not checking for stability. A shockingly high number of outdoor decks are not designed and installed according to building guidelines. This equates to unstable, unsafe and unreliable structures that could be extremely dangerous for homeowners as well as their guests. A collapsed deck can lead to severe injury and even death, and as such, it is vital to ensure that your deck is built for stability before anything else. When in doubt, seek help from a trusted deck installer.

Now that you know what NOT to do, you can get on with your outdoor decking plans with even more peace of mind, ensuring that your deck is built safely, properly and smartly.

5 Reasons to Consider Outdoor Decking for Your Home

The trend for outdoor entertaining and relaxation has made outdoor decking more popular than ever before, and homeowners everywhere are looking at ways to make a deck area work in their garden, patio or home. Envirodeck composite wood boards are ideal when it comes to areas that experience frequent contact with water, due to its highly water-resistant properties. Envirodeck boards offer both a hollow and solid profile for varied applications. Composite wood is used for areas such as swimming pools, sunrooms, verandas, raised decks, balconies, gazebos and more. Envirodeck composite wood decks offer the perfect choice for outdoor decking, with the reliability and confidence of a 10 year manufacturer guarantee.

These days, there are a number of options to consider for outdoor decking – both in structure and materials. Unlike traditional decks that were only available in wood, the new generation of deck types include composite materials that are not only eco-friendly, but easier to install and clean, too.

What makes outdoor decking a good choice for your home and garden? Keep reading to find out.

Why Should You Consider Envirodeck For Your Outdoor Decking?

If you like to entertain, have kids and pets that tend to bring in all sorts of mess when they’re outside, spend a lot of time outdoors, have a swimming pool or simply want a practical way to create a seating area in your garden, it is worthwhile considering installing a composite wood deck.

There are many benefits to wood composite decking. Low maintenance, non-slip, durable and versatile, this option also gives you a more sustainable eco-friendly solution to your decking needs. Some of the benefits of composite decking include the following:

1. Enjoy more time outdoors. This sounds rather obvious, but having a designated space to have coffee, sundowners, al fresco lunches or to just sit with a good book and a comfortable chair will make you appreciate being outdoors far more than you could realise. If your current garden or space is not really suitable for relaxing, you probably don’t spend that much time outside, but having a peaceful space to take in some fresh air, greenery and tranquillity, will help you de-stress and unwind at every chance you get.

2. Easy installation and setup. Believe it or not, composite decking is much easier to install than regular deck planks, and it can even be done by yourself with just a bit of basic DIY knowledge. Even in the smallest space. That means you can get started quickly and simply, with your very own outdoor space setup in a fraction of the time it would take you to install a wooden deck. For those with less DIY experience, finding a professional installer can be done through a supplier in no time at all.

3. No mess, no fuss. Having a deck set up in a pool area reduces mess, which makes it far simpler when children are involved. In homes that are often busy, with lots of friends and family walking in and out of the house, a pool deck means less chance of debris and dirt that is typically found in between bricks or on lawns and soil. Envirodeck composite wood decks are also easy to clean and do not have the risk of rotting, as wood can do when it gets wet.

4. Safe and durable. Many traditional decks that are made from wood are subject to wear and tear over the years. Splinters, worn nails that suddenly appear, broken planks, worn structure and other potential issues can arise, along with termite damage, water damage from rain and even erosion in the case of homes situated in coastal areas. As new age decking material is made from natural materials that have been mixed with recycled plastics, the result is a safer, far longer-lasting outdoor structure.

5. Easier on the environment. When it comes to choosing wood versus composite, the latter wins hands down. This material is typically made from recycled materials, which means that it has as little impact on the environment as possible. No toxic chemicals are used in production, which means that you can enjoy the benefits of a deck without worrying about the effect is has on the environment.

Now that you know more about getting started with this option, give us a shout today to find out how we can assist with your outdoor decking needs.

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Decking for Your Home

For those that love to spend a lot of time outside, outdoor decking offers the best way to create the perfect entertaining, relaxing, dining and sundowner space. With its year-round good weather, South Africa is blessed with plenty of sunshine and mild days, making a deck even more of a good investment for your home.

In fact, many property agents list decks and well-designed outdoor areas to be one of the top factors that can increase the value of a property. This is because the garden area will often leave the biggest impression on potential buyers – particularly if there is ample space for enjoying leisurely sundowners, al fresco meals and lazy afternoons on a beautifully made deck.

How do you go about choosing the right outdoor decking for your home, and what should you keep in mind to make sure that you get the most from your deck?

Getting Started with Outdoor Decking

There are a few things to consider before you begin the process of setting up a deck in your garden. If you have some DIY experience, you can do the installation yourself, but for best results, it is usually best to consult an expert who can help you design and install the deck properly. Some of the things that you will need to consider include the following:

Deck material.

Wood may seem like a good choice, but there are many benefits to considering composite wood decking, which is not only better for the environment, but also more durable and easy to maintain compared to traditional timber. Composite decks are made from a combination of recycled materials such as wood and plastic, resulting in a long-lasting, good looking deck that does not splinter, wear down, mould or perish with wear and tear. In coastal areas, this is especially useful, as wood decking is prone to damage over the years due to wind, moisture and salt.

Decking installation.

Depending on your DIY skills, you could choose to do the installation yourself, or hire an expert with experience in dealing with deck installation. If you are using composite deck material, the installation is fairly straight-forward. If you are unsure or would rather leave things to the specialists, it is essential to find an installer who is accredited and qualified to do the job properly. A badly installed deck can be unstable, so it’s best not to take chances.

Planning your deck.

Once you have decided what material to use and whether you will install it yourself or have it installed by an expert, you will need to do some planning and measuring. You will need accurate measurements, so use the right tools (tape measure and spirit measure will be needed). Determine where you want the deck to be positioned, and whether any structural changes are required to the ground, nearby trees or the property. You can also consider how you will be using the deck. Will it be placed around your pool, be positioned for a Jacuzzi or set up to make a small space to fit a few chairs?

Look and style.

Another benefit of composite wood decking is that you have a wide range of choices in designing the look and feel of your deck. Envirodeck decking boards are reversible in texture, with a ribbed design on the one side and smooth finish on the other. This type of versatility allows you to create a tailored aesthetic design to suit your outdoor area.Some styles are made to mimic the look of real wood, so if you are traditionalist, there is an eco friendly solution to a more natural feel. Practical is always better than trendy – aim for a simple colour and style that suits the rest of your house rather than something flashy that may not be ideal in a few years time.

Maintenance and care.

Wooden decks require regular care and upkeep, which could include recoating, sanding, replacement of boards and any number of things. Composite decks on the other hand are easy to care for, and can be cleaned easily without any special care. Individual boards can be easily repaired or replaced, without the entire deck being affected. This means far less chance of expensive maintenance or repair down the line, which in turn, increases the value of this decking option immensely.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective, environmentally friendly outdoor decking solution, Envirodeck offers a diversity of deck options to suit your needs.

The 12th Annual A.E.R.T. Fishing Trip Adventure and MoistureShield Production and Facility Tour

trout-fishingI would just like to thank A.E.R.T. and MoistureShield for giving Envirodeck the opportunity to attend their 12th Annual fishing Trip Adventure. Day 1 started with dinner at the Outback Steakhouse and a great chance to meet their valued installers from all around America and Canada. After finishing a tasty steak and having spoken to builders from San Diego to Quebec about building code and materials it was clear that the MoistureShield board was in a league of its own.

IT’S TIME TO FISH – Envirodeck sends two of the industries’ best on a fully paid trout fishing trip to USA

envirodeck-installers-incentiveWe would like to congratulate Gawie Le Roux from Timberstone Construction and Riaan Langeveldt from RL Wood & Alu Works for their outstanding work this past year.  In a show of our appreciation and our support for our preferred and accredited independent installers we have incorporated an all expenses’ paid trip to New York City, a factory tour of the AERT plant in Springdale and a trout fishing adventure at the famous White Buffalo River Resort.