• Decking to Make the Most of Your Garden

  • Decking to the perfect finish to any garden, ideal for a BBQ or relaxing in your outdoor room. Decking in your garden will make it look smarter, neater - and make it easier to care for. Decking also gives you  new space for a dining area, space for seating or for kids to play or even a platform from which to admire the view. Whatever the reasons for creating a deck, it is one of the most attractive additions that can be made to a home. Decking can harness the potential of a sloping, undulating or uneven garden and if you go for a split level design it can create a new dimension to your garden. Ideal for those Cotswold gardens.

    Benefits of Timber Decking

    Compared to traditional hard surfaces (such as patios) decking has a number of benefits, including:

    • The ideal surface for walking, sitting and even lying on
    • Works in sympathy with your garden
    • Perfect for those Summer evenings
    • Can hide ugly inspection covers or drains
    • Can be readily extended or modified.
    • Minimised site groundwork and preparation costs

    Tetbury Garden Services decking will bring ambience to your garden. We can design a deck that combines the natural beauty wood with functional and enjoyable design, extending the usage of your outdoor space throughout the four seasons.

    Good to the environment too

    Wood is a natural product that if from a sustainable source has a minimum impact on the environment. The energy consumed in timber production compares favorably with other surfaces and provideds a long lasting solution for many gardens. At Tetbury Garden Services we always use sustainable timber for all of our garden projects.

    Design Process

    As with all our project we take your requirements are our priority.

    Visit Your Site and Discuss Your Requirements

    The first step is to understand your requirement and budget. During our initial site visit we will discuss what you want for you decking and how you plan to use it. We will listen carefully to what you want so we can create a design to meet your requirements. During the visit we will discuss your preference for materials and your intended budget. We will explore the options for different materials including

    1. The Economic Answer: Pressure-Treated Lumber

    Despite all the competition, this ubiquitous green-tinted wood is still the No. 1 decking material sold today, approximately 75 percent of all new decks are finished with pressure-treated (PT) lumber. The widespread popularity of PT lumber isn't surprising: it's affordable, readily available coast-to-coast, and easy to cut and fasten with nails or screws. Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs.The downside of PT lumber is that it's not very dimensionally stable, so it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. And routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck. This will include an annual power washing and an application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years. 

    2. Naturally Superior: Redwood and Cedar

    For many purists, the only choices for decking are redwood or red cedar. Both of these western softwoods are prized for their rich color and natural beauty, and because they aren't pumped full of chemicals or preservatives. Both species contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, decay and voracious insects. However, the level of weather- and bug-resistance is directly related to the amount of heartwood in the boards. Heartwood grows closer to the center of the tree, and is relatively hard and very resistant to decay. Sapwood grows in the outer part of the tree, near the bark, and is softer and more susceptible to decay.

    3. Hardwoods

    These  rich-grained woods are extremely hard, very durable and naturally resistant to rot and insects. However, because these woods are so dense, they're heavy and difficult to cut and drill. In fact, it's virtually impossible to drive a nail or screw without first boring a pilot hole, which is why tropical decking is typically installed with some sort of hidden fastener that clips or screws into the edge of the boards. Tropical hardwoods are relatively expensive, especially when compared with PT lumber, but in most parts of the country they're comparable in cost to redwood and cedar. And like cedar and redwood, most tropical hardwoods weather to a soft silvery colour if they're not stained. The amount and speed of any fading depends greatly upon the deck's exposure to sun, rain and snow. Lastly, when buying tropical wood, or any wood for that matter, check with your lumber dealer to ensure that the wood was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This nonprofit organization identifies lumber that has been harvested in a legal, sustainable manner. 

    Complete a Design and Quotation for the Decking for your Approval

    Before starting work we will give you a clear quotation, design and sample materials so that you can be clear exactly what to expect. We are happy to work on either a fixed price or a day rate depending on your wishes.

    Construction Phase

    During the build phase of your decking we always remember we are guests in your garden, working carefully to protect your garden and environment during the build phase. At the end of the project we will clear away all spare materials and make good any temporary access arrangements.

    Inspection and Handover

    Once the deck is finished we will walk you through the work to makes sure you are absolutely happy with the quality of the work and discuss future care recommendations for your decking. Please do get in touch to discuss your decking requirements.