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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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The Timber Deck Specialists. Established since 1998 with an enviable reputation for value, expert advise and complete customer satisfaction behind our 2 Year guarantees.

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Reviewed by Paul on 19/11/2018

Excellently priced, great workmanship and polite staff. Very happy! Many thanks to Ken and the team

I am a general builder with over 20 years experience in construction. Specialising in carpentry, garden decking, wall and floor tiling and bathroom refurbishment.

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Reviewed by Hannah on 4/12/2018

Very easy and quick:)

We are a family run and owned Joinery and general build company of 20 years Joinery & Construction maintenance.All types of Joinery specialising in Decking ,Summer Houses, fencing,Doors & Floors .All types of Building work Extensions and New Builds

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Reviewed by Fiona on 9/11/2018

Professional and reliable. Very prompt from quote to work being completed. completed the work very efficiently and as requested. Would certainly recommend and use for any future requirements.

We do all aspects of joinery, such as decking, fencings, floors, doors and many others. Always work to the highest standards. We have very high ratings and happy previous customers with only positive feedback. For more pictures find us on Facebook.

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Reviewed by David on 3/11/2018

Brilliant Job by Andy, arrived on time removed a large hedge 18’x8’ and installed similar sized fence in a few hours and looks great. Even a passer by took his details as they were so impressed. Absolutely recommend and very good value. Tidied up afterwards and disposed of the hedge.

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Reviewed by Marie on 21/8/2018

I am very happy with the decking done by Victor and his team. Victor was very responsive to arrange the quote and accurate with the time expected, and I think gave a fair price. The work took exactly the time he estimated, and looks fantastic.

Martin's carpentry I specialise in all aspects of carpentry from kitchens,doors ,wood flooring decking and everything in between ,with 20 yrs experience on site and domestic carpentry.Please have a look at my gallery to see some of my current projects

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Reviewed by Bethan on 18/11/2018

Doors look great, will definitely call again to do the front door and would definitely recommend to anyone Thanks

Carpentry, kitchen/bathroom fitting. gardening, decorating. Multiskilled tradesmen. No up front payment, only on completion and customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Huw on 18/7/2018

Did a superb job, I would recommend to anyone, tidied up after them as well unlike other tradesmen we have had in the past.

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Reviewed by Gordon on 4/12/2018

Efficient, job well done, at a fair price. Thank you.

NEW BUSINESS With over fifteen years of experience in property maintenance and a house build behind me, I would now like to offer my services to the good people of the central belt. I offer high quality work in return for competitive rates and would love to discuss your project with you. Kind Regards Mike

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Reviewed by Sue on 29/10/2018

Excellent service. Michael did a great job -and kept everything very neat and tidy. I’m delighted with our new bathroom unit and tiling. I will definitely call on him again for further jobs! Definitely recommended.

Quay Building Services (Hampshire) Ltd. provide excellent workmanship and service. Whether it’s a complete renovation or a simple fix we will be there for all your requirements.

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Reviewed by Joy on 14/11/2018

An excellent job, carried out promptly and professionally. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to others looking for a general builder.

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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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