Deck By Design

Deck By Design

Welcome To The Deck By Design Website

Established for over 5 years, we are a small family-run business that have helped many home owners realise their dream of a comfortable and convenient outdoor space. From our base in Hampshire in the UK we cover a 30 mile area around Southampton, offering free design consultations and quotes and with a range of services from a complete deck design through to an ongoing maintenance contract.

This website aims to provide a useful information resource for those embarking on a new decking project. We will gradually be adding further information and examples of previous projects. We have just issued a press release giving some more details about our services to coincide with the launch of the site.

"Please get in touch for a no obligation quotation."


Get A Free Quotation

Thinking about your new decking project ? Want to know roughly how much you need to budget ? Why not get in ouch with Brett and the team and we will provide a no obligation quotation - either for delivery of a complete decking kit for DIY installation or for a complete turn key project. Simply head over to our quote page and fill in the details of your project. We do ask that you provide as much information as possible, including uploading a drawing (a simple sketch with some dimensions will do). We look forward to hearing from you !

Which Type of Decking Kits Are The Best ?

If you want to build a deck and you have not yet decided on the material type, you should first consider some of the alternatives. The two most popular types of decking kit are those made from wood and those made from recycled plastic material. The choice really depends on your taste and of course, your budget.

If you want a simple patio that does not require high maintenance, you can go for recycled decking kits, as they are cheap and very easy to install. The kit contains everything, from full installation instructions to the last screw. However, if you would prefer a more natural look for you decking area, then you should opt for wooden decking kits. They cost a little bit more, but the results can be very impressive. The biggest disadvantage of this type of decking is that you will have to take proper care of the material in order to extend its lifespan. You should be prepared to carry out some annual treatment of the wood to preserve its natural beauty. All decking kits we supply have the option of an annual maintenance contract.

Why Choose Recycled Plastic ?

The main advantages of recycled plastic for your decking are as follows:

  • Low maintenance
  • Long life
  • Wide choice of colours and finishes
  • Ease of installation

However, plastic decking can be more expensive than traditional wooden decking.

A Brief Introduction to Timber Decking Installation

Timber decking is becoming increasingly popular among those who love to do things themselves. There are many types of timber kits on the market due to the high demand and to make it easier for customers to get the deck they want without having to specify every last plank and screw. Although the installation is relatively easy, there are some important aspects that should be taken care of. Pay attention to any planning requirements that may be applicable in your area.

Timber decking requires some time in order to dry and stabilise before beginning installation. Therefore, it should be left in the construction area for at least 48 hours, so the wood can adjust to the new environment. After that you can continue with your installation, carefully following the instructions.

Adequate Shade Cover For Your Deck

Ensure that the deck area is adequately shaded taking account of the movement of the sun throughout the day. There are a wide range of alternative shade solutions including parasols, gazebos, pergolas and awnings. However, to add style as well as shade to your deck area you should consider the use of shade sails. These are a relatively new product that are specifically designed to provide a high degree of UV protection. The porous shade fabric allows heat to escape from beneath the shade providing truly cool shade. The largest manufacturer world wide is Shade Sail World from Australia and they have various distibutors around the world. In the Australian market provide the products to the domestic market. In the European market are a leading on-line retailer. The product has proven so popular it even has its own facebook page.

Recoat Your Timber Deck with the Right Products

If you own a timber decking you already know the importance of its maintenance. However, at some point your deck might need a recoat. There are basically two types of products used to recoat timber decking and these are either oil or water based. Water based products tend to be more expensive but have the advantage that they are more environmentally friendly and make the brushes easier to clean ! These days any product should carry a guarantee of how long the coating will last - aim for at least 2 years but preferably 5. This will keep you deck boards looking cleaner for longer and help protect the wood from deterioration due to the UV rays from the sun.

Potential Timber Shortages

Growing concern about the environment is placing restrictions on logging operations in some countries which could affect world supplies of timber for decking.

It is therefore likely that the popularity of recycled plastic decking will continue to increase as natural timber, partcularly hard woods, becomes increasingly scarce.

The management of our forests and the security of our protected areas is an opportunity for the O'Farrell government to demonstrate it will not always be beholden to fringe anti-environment interests, that it can cut through the tired arguments, make good environmental and industry policy decisions, and that it understands the people of NSW love their environment and want to experience and protect it, not see it abused.
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