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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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Under Construction Geoff Barker Ltd offers a total renovation and redecoration services that includes the management of all specialist trades required to provide you with a beautifully refurbished home you desire. Where you are looking for: New Kitchen, Bathroom, Carpenter, Decoration Full home refurbishment and project management Geoff offers you a one-stop shop and a service you can trust. Based in South Oxfordshire Geoff has grown his business over 15 years based on his solid reputation and craftsmanship.

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Reviewed by Ben on 12/3/2021

Geoff is not only the lovliest bloke you'll ever meet, he loves his job and produces excellent results. He built and installed some bespoke cupboards and shelves for us in unique spaces. He walked us through the whole process and helped us with all the decisions. And - bonus for everyone - he wasn't satisfied until it was all perfect and to our liking.

b M tree services Are a family run business with 25 years experience In the tree and garden industry fully public liability insurance here to help free quotations and advice

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Reviewed by Darren on 27/4/2021

Brian and his family team came Sunday ontime quoted me for the work to be done and completed same day, quick, friendly and polite giving advice on the conifers. Job complete neat and tidy cut at a level i wanted and removal of large tree side of house.????Cleared all the mess. Great lads.

All work done as asked all rubish taken away we dont mind traveling to give a free quote

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Reviewed by David on 13/5/2021

These guys are a genuine find, they have an attention to detail that is second to none. They turned up to price the job, and, I have to say, for the work involved it was a very fair price. They turned up on time the next day to do the repairs. I have to say, what lovely genuine people, and very professional, they made sure that the job was done to our satisfaction and we were 100% happy with the work they did. We are very very happy and would recommend them in a heartbeat.

RJG Carpentry offers a professional , friendly, reliable service at very competitive prices all in one package to improve your home or business, WHY MOVE? JUST IMPROVE! All aspects of carpentry and building works undertaken

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Reviewed by Amber on 26/7/2017

Rob and his team were fantastic. Rob's pricing and quote was completely transparent and fair. Whenever he came up against unexpected issues, he was quick to problem solve and we really valued his guidance. We are delighted with our new playroom, utility room and shower room.

We are a family run business with a high work ethic and a true desire to give our customers the best possible service. We believe that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance and we constantly strive to ensure that the entire team is committed to meeting those beliefs with honest customer involvement along with customer interaction before, during and after your garden and home design work. We currently operate and undertake work all over the South East and have been able to successfully build a strong reputation in the local area. We undertake a mixture of private and commercial work and can quote for one off jobs and on-going maintenance contracts. We are always looking to further grow our already large client base and would therefore love to be given the opportunity to quote for your job, no matter how big or small. Some of the services we offer • Hedge Cutting & Tree Surgery • Garden Maintenance • Fencing & Decking • Patios • Driveway instillation • Pressure washing • Exterior painting • Rubbish Removal

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Reviewed by Igor on 17/3/2021

Jamie has done a great job cleaning and tidying my garden. He is very polite and professional.

Solutions for carpentry, design and build. Corrective and repair work. Assessment free of charge. Experienced and knowledgeable. Professionally managed. Insured. Reasonably priced. Also specialise in all door supply and fitting. I look forward to talking about your requirements.

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Reviewed by R on 25/4/2021

Jon was such a great person to deal with. A very professional approach to every detail when recommending, quoting and then fitting our new front door. We were delighted with the end result. I would definitely recommend Jon to others.

Priority-satisfied customer,high quality of service,liability insurance for work,professional team many years of experience,reference.

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Reviewed by Mark on 12/11/2019

Looking forward to our next build with Bogdan and co. Highly recommended team of builders who go above and beyond to make sure you are happy!

I am based in the Rumney area of Cardiff. We carry out all aspects of carpentry right up to personalised and custom jobs.

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 10/8/2020

Jordan was fantastic from start to finish. Completely met the brief and left us with the most stunning staircase. No mess was left behind and was completely professional from start to finish. Couldn’t recommend Jordan and Priority Carpentry more!

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Reviewed by David on 18/4/2021

Very pleased with work done had new drive and garden cleared and new fences put up

Our company was established in UK 9 years ago,Before that we have worked in Portugal,France.We are experienced in refurbishment work,all carpenter work,bathroom fitting,all kinds of external insulation and rendering finishes.We are all certificated.Our work is supported with references. We will do our best to satisfy everyone with the quality of the work we can offer.

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Reviewed by Greg on 30/3/2021

Hard working & reliable guys. Would highly recommend.

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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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