Decking boards – they can be used by homeowners, landlords and business owners to create a decking area that is beautiful and practical at the same time. There are endless possibilities when you lay a deck, allowing you to transform areas that might otherwise have little purpose or be difficult to use to their full potential. There are some things you will need to think about when buying decking boards in the first place and when laying them to create your deck, which will ensure you will have a high quality deck that you can use for years to come.

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast, a professional builder or someone with very limited experience of construction work of any kind, the option to lay decking will be open to you, thanks to the simple decking kits that you can buy from online sellers and timber merchants. This means that an increasing number of homeowners are deciding to install their own decking in order to gain the maximum benefit – there will be no installation costs, and it is possible to have a new decking area up and running in just a few hours. These are some of the things to think about when laying new decking boards:

1.     What material are you going to use? Decking boards can be made from various types of timber, including oak, Nordic redwood, Douglas fir and Siberian larch. You can also get a variety of composite boards that are made up of timber and other materials, which can be better for the environment and can also create a resilient, slip resistant surface.

2.     Do you have all the fittings your need? Make sure you have absolutely everything you need before you begin the project or it could get held up significantly. If you buy a decking kit, this should come with everything you need to actually install the decking in your garden. Check this over first and make sure you have the tools to carry out the installation as well.

3.     Where has the wood come from? This should be considered on various levels, including the environmental impact of the wood and the quality of the wood. It’s also worth thinking about it in the context of the supplier – where has the wood actually come from? A quality, well established supplier with a good reputation is going to be less likely to be willing to risk supplying low quality wood. A reputable timber merchant is the most likely to be able to supply you with quality decking boards.

4.     How long is it going to take? Don’t rush yourself, especially if this is your first project laying decking. Allow plenty of time, and you will get there.

These are just the main considerations, but there are plenty of others as well. Buying decking is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. Take the time to properly consider what you want from your decking, and to find the right decking boards to meet your requirements.