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Barbeque, sunbathe and dine in style, with an impressive, modern wood deck. Get a made-to-measure, expertly crafted deck by selecting an experienced carpenter who can turn your garden into the ultimate relaxation station.

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Sole trader company taking care of total residential needs from small jobs to total refurbs ,extention and loft conversions.

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Reviewed by Boris on 23/9/2018

Great job: he is fast and reliable. Also: very friendly. Highly recommended

All work is covered by a 12 month guarantee.

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Reviewed by Andy on 23/9/2018

Great job, done quickly! Will definitely use again!

We have been successfully designing and installing kitchen furniture for more than 10 years. We have wide experience with project management service from original design through to final installation .We have earned reputation for attention to details

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Reviewed by Jan on 23/9/2018

What a pleasure to deal with Jacek. I did not have the confidence in our kitchen fitter to install a solid oak worktop in our kitchen. Jacek was happy to take on the task, was realistic in time-scale and was forthcoming with ideas and seeking clarification when there were queries as to how we wanted things done. He was good at keeping us updated with timings. Very trustworthy (left him with house keys) and did a quality job. Thanks, Jacek

We have over thirty years experience in 1st & 2nd fix carpentry ,internal and external from wardrobes and shelving to fences and decks.

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Reviewed by Yasmin on 23/9/2018

John did a fantastic job on our decking, we are very happy with it! Would definitely recommend!

Here at Driftwood we aim to create high end work, within budget and on time. Whether you need a nice new front door, your bedroom painted or your dream kitchen fitted; no job is too big or small. We have the skill and knowledge to fulfil your needs and requirements. Here is a list of some of the services we provide... Loft and Garage Conversions Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Timber floors Property Maintenance Plastering G.R.P Flat roofs Fascia and Soffits Decorating Fencing and Decking

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Reviewed by Tony on 23/9/2018

Scott's a very friendly guy, did a really great job for us and was eager to help and solve problems with ease, will definitely use him again, and would confidently recommend him to friends and neighbours

we are a family run business that specialises in repair and replacement of roofs fascia soffits gutters we also clean fascias and gutters and cover general property maintenance

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Reviewed by Rita on 23/9/2018

Christopher Reed arrived promptly, surveyed the job, explained what he would do, what materials he would use and gave an acceptable quote. He arrived promptly to do the work, and cleaned up thoroughly when finished. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.

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Reviewed by hilary on 23/9/2018

Good job, completed on time and tidied up afterwards. Will definitely use again.

We are a property maintenance company that offers full range. Electrics, painting, gardening, and anything else with the house. Fully insured and have CAD Electrics as our qualified electrician.

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Reviewed by paul on 23/9/2018

prompt, efficient, polite and courteous. Job done at a fair price. many thanks dean.

DBS Joinery & Building Services as been trading 12 years as a company but I have been in the trade 21 years. I did my apprenticeship to level 3 Joinery and been working on all aspects of Joinery and building since then on large and small contracts.

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Reviewed by Matthew on 23/9/2018

Dave came out to quote promptly and was helpful, suggesting some improvements to consider that I had not thought about such as repositioning radiator and fitting an extractor fan. Quote was reasonable, price rose due to agreed extras. The work took significantly longer than expected, some of which was beyond control such as problem with tiles which I would not have spotted but Dave was honest about. Very pleased with the result, bathroom looks clean and modern. Dave was polite and friendly.

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Reviewed by Anthony on 23/9/2018

Had a bed delivered to be built, he came round to have a look and said it looks simple enough and said he'd do over the weekend, the instructions have went missing, i txt him saterday asking how much he wanted if he was to do it and i never got a reply. Today i called and didn't get an answere. He called me back shortly after and informed me he wasn't able to do it today. Completely wasted my time.

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Wooden Decking specialists - what you need to know

Wood decking can transform your outdoor space – providing a smart, durable and easy-to-maintain surface to enjoy those (hopefully) long summer months. On the face of it, building and installing a deck might look straightforward, but it can be an involved and demanding job. To ensure your deck is fitted securely (and looks great), there’s a tried and tested approach that you’d expect an experienced professional to follow.

Your deck can be laid on an existing patio or another solid base (like tarmac or concrete). If you want to build your deck where there’s turf or soil, you’ll need to add a layer of gravel or aggregate to provide a firm base and lay paving stones on top to help provide additional support for your joists. Decks that need to run alongside a house or wall will need a plate (essentially a piece of timber designed to take the weight of the deck when it meets brickwork). Your wall plate should allow for expansion too.

The next step is the main part of this job – fixing internal joists to create the structure your deck will sit on. Formed using treated timber, internal joists provide the support for your deck and are usually spaced around 400mm apart. Once the joists are laid and a complete frame has been created, deck boards can be fitted. An experienced professional will ensure this is done without the wood splitting, and with the neat finish of countersunk holes to hide screws. Deck boards will usually be spaced around 5mm-8mm apart.

Cost of wood decking

Wood decking jobs are usually priced per square metre (sqm). Unless you’re looking for a specialist decking board (plastic or composites are available, which require less maintenance than standard timber), you can expect to pay:

  • £15-£20 per sqm for budget decking
  • £40-£60 per sqm for medium-quality decking
  • £90-£100 per sqm for premium-quality decking

How to clean wood decking

There are a number of ways to clean your wood decking, and the method you select will depend on whether you want to simply tidy up a grubby surface or prepare it to be stained and treated.

If you have access to a pressure washer, this will be the quickest and easiest way to clean your wood deck. Take care not to use too much pressure on the wood – jet washing can actually chip away and damage it. Either adjust the power, hold the nozzle far enough away from the deck, or use a dedicated decking and paving cleaning head. The latter is usually an additional accessory that clips onto your pressure washer and allows you to apply the correct pressure while cleaning a larger surface area.

Most DIY stores will also stock deck cleaner, a solution which can be painted on to wood to remove dirt, grease and stains.

Finally, the most drastic (and labour intensive) option is sanding the deck. This can be done manually or with a belt sander, but whatever you use make sure you select the right grade of paper. You may need a coarser sand paper for hand sanding and a finer paper if you plan to use a machine. The drawback of sanding is that it won’t be easy to get into the grooves of the deck board. You may be able to use a steel wire brush to clean out those hard-to-access areas.

How to maintain your wood decking

Cleaning and regularly treating your wood deck isn’t only important to help preserve the board. It keeps your deck looking pristine and (most importantly) makes it safe – free from moss and mildew that can cause it to become slippery.

Your main options when it comes to maintaining your decking are oil, stain and paint. Before applying any of these finishes, your deck must be thoroughly cleaned, and any leaves or surface dirt swept away.

Decking oils are easy to apply and offer durable weather protection. Unlike stain and paint, oils won’t crack or peel. If you’d like to retain the natural colour of your deck board, clear oils are available. It’s worth remembering that even clear oils will colour your wood slightly – the same effect as if the wood were wet.

Deck stains and paint provide a tough finish. Besides the broader range of colours and shades you can achieve, both stains and paints offer one main advantage over oils – they are available with a non-slip finish. This slightly textured or gritty effect will keep your deck safe during the wet winter months.

The qualifications your wood decking specialist needs

Your wood decking professional shouldn’t need any specific qualifications. Apprenticeships or City & Guilds qualifications are useful, but experience is the most important criteria to seek out. If your deck is to feature any electrical, heating or plumbing elements (for example, if a shed or log cabin is to sit on or near your deck), you may require your professional to hold NICEIC or Gas Safe registration.

Provided your wood deck is ground level (and not part of a balcony or elevated extension), planning permission won’t be required.

Insurance for wood decking installation

Public liability insurance will be your main ask of a professional – ensuring both you and your property are protected from any damage caused by the work. Your tradesperson may also offer a warranty on their work ­– it’s worth asking whether this is available.

Questions you should ask your wood decking professional

  • Can they show you examples of decking they have installed previously?
  • What type of timber would they use for your deck?
  • Would they recommend plastic or composite deck board instead?
  • Can they also treat the deck with oil, stain or paint as part of their service?

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