Ideal for barbeques, family occasions or drinks with friends, a well-designed decking area can be the perfect place for all manner of social gatherings when the weather is good.

That being said, no outdoor gathering is complete without a decent place to sit and finding garden furniture that matches your decking can be an arduous task.

Luckily, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s already a built-in solution ready-made for such a scenario…quite literally built-in to your chosen decking.

So, let the flooring take a backseat as the seating takes the floor in this guide to deck benches from DeckPlus.

 

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What Is a Deck Bench?

Matching the colour, style and personality of your decking is a big ask and finding furniture that ticks one or two of those criteria isn’t as easy as you may initially think.

If that sounds like a familiar problem, why not by-pass that coordinatory issue with a deck bench?

A deck bench is essentially a seating area made from the same material as your deck flooring, seamlessly integrating seats into your decking design.

Whether it’s a deliberate feature of your outdoor space or a last-minute addition as a result of surplus materials, a deck bench can make for a fantastic seating solution for your garden deck.

Avoid the painstaking process of accessorising your decking design with third-party seating options and make the process simple by keeping it in the family with a deck bench made from the very same material.

 

Why Choose a Deck Bench?

In terms of aesthetics, the fluid blend of materials, tones and design make deck benches the perfect solution to outdoor seating conundrums, providing unrivaled continuity.

Better still, if you did wish to exercise your creative muscles a little further, you can always inject additional colour by simply adding bright garden cushions to your deck bench for personality.

Best of all, there’s a myriad of designs you can explore when it comes to creating a deck bench in your garden space, from border benches to corner seats and anything in between.

 

Hidden Features

In addition to being a great way of saving money on outdoor furniture for your decking area, a deck bench can also be a great space saver as well.

With a little designer flair and foresight, a deck bench can easily double up as a storage chest for your outdoor accessories, providing concealed storage for a tidier outdoor living space.

 

For more information and ideas on how to integrate a deck bench into your outdoor decking design, why not speak with one of our decking specialists today? Call now on 0800 028 8756. Alternatively, browse our full range of composite decking and order directly through our site! You could have your new garden bench built in no time. 

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When it comes to long-lasting outdoor surfaces for your home or business, few materials can boast the enduring power and beauty of composite decking.

Built to last, composite decking is made with an innate ability to withstand the demands of Mother Nature and handle anything man can throw at it – within reason.

That being said, nothing is invincible and even composite decking can falter under extreme conditions and severe force.

If your deck has been in the wars, the task of replacing deck boards can be a necessary evil. Luckily, this blog should help remedy such an eventuality.

 

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Replacing Deck Boards from DeckPlus

Accidents can happen from time to time and, for whatever reason, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position where you need to replace a board or two.

Naturally, the prospect of replacing deck boards can seem a little frustrating for some and outright daunting for others.

If you fall into either of those categories, don’t worry. Replacing a single board or two doesn’t necessitate the entire deck to be torn from its foundation.

In fact, the whole process of replacing deck boards from DeckPlus is actually surprisingly simple!

 

How to Replace Individual Deck Boards

  1. Make two parallel incisions through the centre of the unwanted board you would like to replace.
  2. Remove the newly created centre piece, leaving behind a length of board on either side.
  3. Use a standard pry bar to lift the remaining deck pieces from the tabs.
  4. Remove the tabs on the side of the board with the screw heads showing using a reciprocating saw.
  5. Place the new board into position and drive it onto the remaining tabs.
  6. Once in position, secure the board into place by using TOPLoc screws to firmly hold the loose edges in place.
  7. Stand back and admire your handiwork!

 

Replacing Deck Boards with Composite Decking

If you happen to own a traditional wood deck that’s showing its age or, worse still, becoming a hazard and unfit for prupose, you may want to consider a comprehensive deck replacement.

Replacing deck boards with composite decking can be a great way to upgrade your outside space. Composite decking boasts a level of durability that’s simply unmatched by conventional wood decking, providing reliable weather resistance in terms of both practicality and aesthetics.

Not only will your surface be resistant to stains, fading and abrasions, it’ll also never split or splinter like traditional wood materials. Meanwhile, composite decking is also highly resistant to moisture, providing a clean surface that’s safe to use in all conditions, while also preventing the development of unsightly algae and mould.

For more information on replacing your deck with composite decking, check out our Deck Replacement blog wholly dedicated to just that.

 

Want to replace your deck with our beautiful, long-lasting composite decking? You can purchase everything you need, including deck boards, fixtures & facias, directly through our website! Get started on your garden project today.

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Advances in outdoor design have seen decking materials come on leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, leaving old deck technology behind in the rear-view mirror as outdoor relics of the past.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the time and/or money to stay on top of decking technology, often leaving an aging aesthetic in growing need of updating with each passing year.

For those that have yet to update their decks, the time will eventually come when a deck replacement is needed, as colours fade and boards weaken.

Sadly, time waits for no man and the same thing applies to decking. If you’re considering a deck replacement, here are a few things you might want to mull over before you commit.

 

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Do I Need a Deck Replacement?

Depending on the size of your outdoor space and, more importantly, the decking area you need to replace, a comprehensive deck replacement can be a costly endeavour.

If you’re considering a replacing your decking due to the aging aesthetics and maturing condition of the deck boards, you might want to look a little deeper into the problem.

Upon closer inspection, you may not require a full-scale deck replacement at all. In fact, you may even be able to re-use some of your existing features, provided they are still in healthy condition.

Most deck frames are made of treated materials specifically designed to last for decades. Provided your existing structure is made from treated wood and not rotting, you may be able to re-use it.

Remodelling your existing structure with new decking, rails and stairs can breathe new life into an otherwise sound structure, saving a chunk of time and money in the process.

That being said, if rot has taken hold and key structural elements are beginning to weaken – such as the posts, joists and beams – you may need to throw in the towel and start from scratch.

 

Taking the Plunge

When it comes to deck replacement, the power of change can have a huge impact on your outdoor space, in terms of appearance, enjoyment and practical use.

In fact, revamping your deck boards can make a massive difference to the overall aesthetic, particularly if you opt for a notably different design.

Simply switching up the colour scheme can instantly revolutionise your garden in terms of personality, providing a welcome change to the established norm of before.

You may even find that the change of dynamic changes your living habits, providing additional motivation to get outside and make the most of your outdoor space.

What’s more, upgrading from a traditional decking material to composite decking also brings with it a myriad of practical benefits that allow you to enjoy your outdoor space like never before.

 

Upgrading to Composite Decking

Composite decking is inherently hard-wearing, requiring minimal upkeep. No longer will you be required to spend your Saturdays staining and treating the boards to maintain their vibrant hue; a simple annual jetwash will do just fine.

Additionally, composite decking is also extremely capable under a number of elemental demands, resistant to hot and cold weather alike, as well as abrasions. Composite decking will never split or splinter, nor will it warp or fade.

Meanwhile, capped composite decking in particular also boasts extreme moisture-resistance, making any worries of spills and stains a thing of the past. So, the next time the weather is fine, there are no excuses to spark up the BBQ or enjoy a few drinks in the open air.

 

For more advice on deck replacement or additional information on composite decking options from DeckPlus, why not speak with our customer care team today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the link below.

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The world of decking can be a bit of minefield to navigate through, especially if you don’t really know what you’re looking for.

The wide range of materials and specifications can easily lead to confusion, with variety of befuddling lingo to match.

Even the terms and product names themselves can leave you feeling like your learning a foreign language.

One such term you may stumble across in your trek through the decking bewilderness is WPC decking.

“What is WPC decking?” we hear you ask? Let’s peel back the veil and find out.

 

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WPC Decking Explained

Not to be confused with PVC decking (non-wood polyvinyl chloride), WPC decking is essentially another name for composite decking.

The “WPC” actually stands for “Wood Plastic Composite”, alluding to the material used in the formation of the decking itself.

As the name suggests, Wood Plastic Composite decking typically consists of a combination of natural hardwood and synthetic materials, i.e. a composite.

The end result is a natural-looking product that performs like a man-made material, providing aesthetic beauty and durability in equal measure.

 

Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Decking

Wood Plastic Composite decking isn’t just a better solution for your decking area, it’s also a better solution for the environment.

Unlike traditional wood decking, WPC decking uses recycled materials to form each board. At DeckPlus, no trees are felled in the construction of our products whatsoever. Our TimberTech range, in particular, is comprised of 73% recycled material, with a further 50% of the polymer content coming from recycled materials, predominantly post-consumer and post-industrial HDPE bottle grade and LDPE film grade plastics.

Our range of WPC decking boards are environmentally friendly, made of recycled materials, and have a variety of other benefits such as not splintering and being slip-resistant. These are features you can typically only find with WPC decking, not with traditional wood decking. 

Providing quality and sustainability from the outset, WPC decking doesn’t require staining or sealing either, further contributing to its eco-friendly status. Meanwhile, the long-lasting nature and durability of the product mean that these products will also last long into the future.

 

For more information on WPC decking or to hear more about the variety of composite decking options available at DeckPlus, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 028 8756 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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