Does decking need foundations?
Yes, decking definitely needs a foundation. However, an elaborate foundation does not need to be set up for a decking build. There are two ways to build a deck, and depending on which one you choose, how you prepare your foundation slightly varies. You can either opt for an elevated deck or a ground-level deck. If you have any questions or need any further advice, contact us at Bristol Decking and Fencing Pro.
How do you prepare the ground under the deck?
Before building your deck, make sure you have cleared away any plants, rocks and weeds. Did down to roughly 50mm below and clear away the turf so that you are working with bare soil. Check the ground is even and use a flat surface. Place a spirit level on top to make sure the ground is flat and even. For drainage, add a layer of coarse sand, then cover with landscaping fabric. Then bury the fabric under several inches of gravel.
Call Us Today For Your Free Decking Quote in Sheffield – 0114 419 0215
Should you put plastic under a deck?
No, do not put plastic under your deck, as it is not good for the deck. Putting plastic under your decking will trap moisture, attract insects and increase rot. Unless it’s part of a dry deck drainage system (the liner is installed to collect water and avert it from the deck) never put plastic under a deck. Using plastic under a deck will also heighten the exposure risk and shorten the life of the structure.
How do I keep plants from growing under my deck?
First, remove or kill the grass in the area if your decking hasn’t been laid out yet. The next step is to put down a layer of weed-control fabric, such as Groundtex or Weedtex. It’s vital to cover every inch of the ground where your decking will go. Once the weed-control fabric is down and secured, you must then cover it with a thick layer of mulch or gravel. Of course, you might not discover a weed problem until the deck is down, it’s a good idea to get out the weed killer and treat the problematic area thoroughly. It’s also good to keep an eye out for any weed growth, before or after the installation, and taking the time to maintain the area around and below the decking.
How long does a deck last?
Depending on which material you use and whether you’ve treated it or not, decking life-span can vary. Untreated wood can last from 10 to 30 years, whereas treated wood and composite materials (such as vinyl and PVC) can last up to 50 years. You can tell a wooden deck is ageing by cracked boards, protruding nails and loose steps. When this happens, you can either replace the deck, or you can do constant repairs on the deck, which is the cheaper option of the two but more time consuming. A composite deck shows its age through fading. When this happens, all you need to do is restain or paint the deck, rather than replacing it.
How do I get a permit to build a deck?
Building a deck can require a lot of planning and design if you want everything to go smoothly. But what many of our customers do not realise is that building a deck does not require a permit. When acquiring a permit, there are two steps to take. NO need to find out who issues the building permits in your region and contact them. NO need complete a permit application and provide any necessary sketches and plans, and painfully wait for the notoriously slow councils to take a look.