The perfect time to get your decking winter ready!

As the colder months creep in, it is best to make sure decking is prepared ready to be enjoyed no matter the weather!

Please see our top tips to keep a healthy and happy deck!

The first thing to remember is to remove all dirt, leaves and debris. Over time this can cause a build-up of bacteria and mildew. As the autumn leaves fall and the wind picks up our decking becomes a breeding ground for many natural yet harmful properties. 

When leaves are left on a decked area this can cause staining and colour loss over time.

This can be easily prevented by following our top tips.

Photo by Kelli Tungay on Unsplash

This one is simple but very vital! Cleaning the decking area to eliminate the mildew, you can do this by using a soft bristle brush and warm water (alternatively use water mixed with washing up liquid), we advise leaving the solution to sit for 5 minutes. 

If mildew/mould is left to sit, it can become a slippy and unsightly surface that will break down the properties of the deck over time. Cleaning any timber area will contribute extensively to a longer lifespan of the product.

Mould left to sit.

Always inspect your decking! It is extremely important to make sure no remnants are left on the decked area and the timber is clean and free from any buildup. If any mildew or mould remains on the deck you can end up sealing the bacteria which will cause rotting and unfortunately make the oil or treatment less effective.

The best time to treat your decking is as summer is drawing to a close, or throughout Autumn. This is because treatment product do not apply correctly if the weather is too hot or too cold. Make sure the decking is dry for 1 to 2 days before applying any treatments.

Top tip! Try to wait 7 days before placing any furniture or large items onto the decking.

The best treatment to use is a decking oil, here at eDecks we supply a range of decking treatments and oils.

https://www.edecks.co.uk/dept/382/Decking-Treatment

Decking oil is perfect for all softwood and hardwood decking, it helps restore natural oils lost through weathering and protects against mould and algae growth.

Treating composite decking is slightly different as the main benefit of composite decking is that it requires less maintenance than the timber alternative. Timber needs a little more care than composite decking. To keep your composite deck looking its best, you just need to keep it free from leaves and branches and clean the deck.  The best advice is to just use a suitable decking cleaner and consider it done!

When the worst weather hits, we recommend using a tarp to cover the decked area to protect it from the many stages of our unpredictable winter. We recommend this with any type of decking, this will stop the build-up of debris and protect from excessive rain, ice and snow. Melting snow and hail can cause the decking to warp.

We recommend treating decking or timber at least once a year to keep it in perfect condition! No matter the weather, we have you covered with our top tips!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Superfast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking and PVC decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

8 Garden Makeover Tips To Try This Bank Holiday Weekend Without Breaking The Bank.

Update your lawn with artificial grass

Low maintenance and beautifully green all year round.

If you’re getting frustrated with looking after your lawn, the best kind of garden makeover might just be replacing it. Artificial grass has come a long way in the past few years and is a great way to get a beautiful lawn without the headaches.!

Say goodbye to…

  • Mowing
  • Watering
  • Patching
  • Weeding
  • Draining
  • Mud
  • Hay fever
  • STRESS

Just a beautiful, neat, photo-worthy lawn 365 days a year.

And you can get artificial grass from just £6.74 per square metre. It’s incredibly simple to install – you could be enjoying your lovely new lawn in time for your weekend barbeque!

Check out everything you need for your artificial lawn right here.

Paint your fence a new colour

London Garden Blog

Fancy a change but don’t want to break your back? Painting your fence might be the perfect way to bring a brand new lease of life to your garden.

Whether you choose a bold colour, like slate grey or sage green, or just a simple wood stain, a new colour border around your garden could be just the makeover your garden needs. It might be even easier to repaint than you think with a Ronseal Fence Sprayer – so you really won’t need to break your back over it!

Check out affordable fence paints right here.

Build some neat garden planters

Want to bring some beautiful colour to your garden but don’t want to intrude on your lawn? Why not add a few neat planters to your space?

Wood planters look especially beautiful, tying in with most gardens, you can even paint or stain them to work in harmony with your fence or decking colour scheme.

They don’t take long to build, are incredibly handy if you like a change because you can move them around your garden until you find the perfect spot and are super low maintenance.

Check out some beautiful garden planters right here.

Create some beautiful borders

Log Border Edging.

A super easy garden makeover is adding some beautiful new borders to sections of your garden. Making clean lines in between distinct areas, like paths, flower beds, lawns and decked areas can be the perfect way to make a serious impact in your outdoor space.

You can use line blocks or a chalk reel line to ensure a super straight edge when you dig out the border, or for the perfect curved border, you can lay out your current hosepipe in the curve you want and mark it with chalk powder.

You can create a planting border along any edge in your space or make a simple border with wood lawn edging, bricks or even rockery stone, depending on the aesthetic you’d like to go for.

Build a spot for climbing plants

A pergola is a perfect home for climbing plants.

If you love the look of climbing plants like wisteria or ivy, you can create a beautiful natural focal point in your garden by adding a simple trellis for these stunning plants – whether it’s in a corner, on one wall or to top your entire fence.

If you’d like to create something that really stands out, you could try either a pergola or a garden arch – either of which can be used for climbing plants and can cover seating so you can enjoy your garden under the shade and scent of your fresh flowers on hot summer days.

If you have a large garden, you can make a serious statement with a walkway pergola – which isn’t as hard to install as you might think, and can be a breath-taking addition to any garden.

Build a firepit

A simple above ground firepit is surprisingly easy to build.

Once the sun goes down, your barbeque doesn’t have to end. You can bring your garden back to life with a firepit!

It’s easier than you might think – you can make a simple above ground fire pit by digging up the grass in the area you’d like the pit to be, creating a small brick wall surround and just ensuring you line the bottom with a good fire pit filler – whether it’s fireproof bricks, a steel bottom or crushed lava rock.

If you’d prefer to dig the firepit into the ground you can easily do this too – and it makes a great spot for sitting around on a summers evening.

If you’d like to add more light to your garden for the evenings you could even try adding lighting to your deck – which we had to mention since we are eDecks after all!

Install an easy deck

Decking doesn’t have to be expensive – you can get an entire decking kit for £132.95 right now at eDecks – but they really can transform your garden. No more muddy feet, just beautiful wood decking, which looks incredible on nearly any home.

Most decks are reasonably simple to install too – but the fastest and likely easiest options are decking tiles or a decking kit.

Decking tiles interlock and can give you a beautiful deck with little hassle, even for the amateur DIYer. Decking kits can come cut to size, with pergolas, rope or wood railings and are one of the simplest ways to add a deck to your garden with little hassle.

A beautiful deck can even be a great selling point for your home if you’re looking to get your house on the market.

Build a new shed

If you don’t have one, or yours is looking worse for wear, why not build a new shed? It might be the most advanced garden makeover project on this list, but it could have the biggest payoff – and might be more affordable than you think.

You can get everything you need for your new shed right here at a great price – and really let your imagination run wild because we have all the raw materials you could want!

Want to get the best deal on garden makeover supplies?

Whether you’ve decided to get some new artificial grass, put in a simple border or go all out and build a brand new deck in your garden, you could get the very best deal on garden makeover supplies online right here at eDecks.

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

What are the differences between composite and PVC decking?

PVC decking

Looking for new decking? The variety of materials on offer these days can be quite overwhelming, do you know the difference between soft wood, hard wood, composite & PVC?

If your would rather not have the regular maintenance and upkeep of timber decking and would prefer to opt for an option where rot and insect infestation are not a risk then composite or PVC decking would be the decking for you, but what are the differences between the two?

Before we take a look at the two individually it’s important to point out that both PVC and Composite decking share a lot of the same benefits, both materials are:

  • Extremely low maintenance
  • Hard wearing
  • Resistant to moisture
  • Vast choice of colours and finishes
  • Cost effective

Why PVC Decking?

PVC decking is 100% recyclable, made completely from plastic once it’s life as a much used decking has come to an end it can be recycled instead of going into landfill so is the perfect choice for the environmentally conscious. PVC decking has a LONG life span, lasting up top 25 years with the minimum of upkeep, you can even use a power washer on it without fear of it splintering, it truly is the lowest maintenance decking material!

Lightweight and easy to work with, if you are building a raised decking or planning to deck a balcony, PVC decking boards are easy to transport and lift up to any height.

Why Composite Decking?

Unlike PVC decking, composite is made from a mix of both plastic and wood pulp with a striking resemblance to real wood and available in a wide range of colours and finishes, the natural looking wood grain which in some cases is really hard to tell the difference between real wood and composite, helps to make composite decking a better option if you are looking specifically for decking that is slip resistant, it’s extremely popular for those with swimming pools and hot tubs for this very reason. The Wood fibres in Composite decking also help to create a more rigid decking board which is less likely to warp or expand in the event of extreme weather conditions.

There is no doubt both Composite and PVC decking share many benefits, if you would like to know more about either product please visit our product pages on the eDecks website or get in touch with our ever so helpful sales team, Coral, Marie & Josh!

We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking and PVC decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

eDecks Sponsor National Gardening Competition.

glorious gardens

Showcase your hard work and be in with a chance of winning two thousand pounds cash.


Here at eDecks we are no stranger to a giveaway, we often host competitions through our social media platforms and have given away thousands of pounds worth of prizes over the years so it made sense for us to team up with the UK’s largest news publisher, Reach PLC and sponsor their “Glorious Gardens” competition which could see the winner bag more than two thousand pounds in prizes.

Picture courtesy of our friends @house_proud_dads

How Do I Enter?

The competition is open to anybody who would like to show off their hard work whether you have acres of sprawling manicured gardens or a balcony where you have made the most of your limited space with colourful planters, you’ve got to be in it to win it right?

Be quick, the closing date for entries is 10/07/2021

The selected winner from each of the 8 regions will win £250 B&Q vouchers. These winners will then go to a judging panel to be crowned Glorious Gardens Winner 2021 and receive the £2000 overall prize. 

To enter please fill out the form below – If the form doesn’t show please click here   

https://form.jotform.com/211533672122345

Standard Reach Plc rules apply; visit www.bristol.live/rules

for details.

By entering this competition the entrant agrees that they have read and understood the terms and conditions associated with Glorious Gardens and agree to have their garden photograph published in the newspapers in print, online or on the Facebook page.

Editors reserve the right not to publish inappropriate or poor quality pictures.

Images should ideally be in jpeg format, be at least 200 pixels per inch and should be no bigger than 2mb. All photo entries require upload of a recent colour photograph.

By entering, each entrant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph/image has been taken with the full permission of the subjects owner and does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

Photographs must not contain inappropriate content. Entrants warrant that they own the copyright. Whilst copyright remains with entrants, by entering the competition, each entrant grants a worldwide licence to Reach plc to feature any or all of the submitted photographs in any of their publications or websites connected with this competition.

Proof of submission is not proof of receipt and entries will not be accepted without full contact details.

All entrants into this promotion must reside within the circulation area at the time of entry into the competition.

Employees and their families of Reach Plc and anyone professionally connected to the promotion are not eligible to enter.

Failure of entrants to send in a suitable image or to follow any of the published rules may result in entrants’ exclusion from the competition.

Local newspaper editor’s decision is final. The Editor reserves the right in their absolute discretion to disqualify any entry, add to or rewrite any rules, or to cancel the whole or part of the promotion at any stage without prior notification.

Publicity may be given to winners and winners’ names and images may be published in the relevant newspaper title in print and online and other website(s) relating to the promotion. Winners must cooperate fully for publicity purposes if so required.

SUPPLEMENT

Photo entries will appear within a Glorious Gardens supplement planned to publish in the newspaper on Thursday 15th July 2021. Supplement date may be subject to change.

Reach Plc accepts no responsibility for any error, misprint or omission in the printing of an entrant’s details or photo. Although every effort will be made to ensure all entrant’s photographs are published and are of the highest quality in the event of any unforeseen circumstances where they do not appear, no compensation will be offered. It should be noted that pictures re-produced on newsprint are not of the original quality. Reach Plc reserves the right to refuse to print or request a new image in the event that the image provided is not suitable or deemed inappropriate for in-paper and other media use.

No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, delayed or images/videos not fully uploaded. Images submitted which are deemed to be below print quality, may be excluded from the competition.

PRIZES

One winner will be randomly selected from each newspaper region and will receive a B&Q gift card to the value of £250. Winners will be announced in the newspaper on 24th July 2021.

All regional winners will be entered into an overall final with the winner receiving the title of Glorious Garden Winner 2021 and £2000.

There is no cash alternative to any part of this promotion or its prizes.

The Ultimate Guide To Noggins & Decking Joist Supports

decking supports

A squeaky, bouncy or uneven decking can be very annoying, and irritating, not only that it can actually cause a safety issue.

Don’t be tripped up by an uneven deck – use your noggin and incorporate strengthen timbers when purchasing your decking boards or decking kit, available from £9.99 it’s a relatively small amount to pay and will offer piece of mind that your new decking is the strongest it can possibly be.

Reinforce your decking framework. Ideally at point of installation, although it’s easy enough to upgrade an existing deck.

Installing strengthening timbers will eliminate that annoying squeak and you will be left with a sturdy, level deck that will look great and stand the test of time with no annoying sounds or bouncing.

What are strengthening braces?

Also know as Noggins’, these short pieces of timber sit horizontally in-between the rafters, the amount you will need depends on the size of the decking, for very small decks only a few will be needed, for larger areas space them 400mm apart and offset them slightly so it’s easier to screw them in from the back of the joist.

Offset the noggins so it’s easier to screw them in from the back of the joist.

Here at eDecks we pre-cut our decking joist support braces to fit perfectly between joists at right angles to add extra strength your deck.
We also pressure treat our decking joist supports to supercharge them with protection from the elements.

Thanks to pressure treating your decking support brace is protected from rot, mould and insect damage to give it a longer lifespan compared to standard decking joist supports.
At eDecks we’d rather spend our time in the garden than shopping for the garden. That’s why we’ve included everything you need to construct a sturdy joist strengthening brace in our kits.

Why shop around when we’ll supply you with everything you need to strengthen your deck at eDecks.


We also offer plenty of support and expert advice for most garden projects – and definitely any products we sell online. Contact eDecks here for personalised advice for your garden makeover project today.

At eDecks you can not only expect a good deal but also:

Super fast FREE delivery on orders over £150*

Handy FREE installation guides (and even instructional videos!)

Incredible prices on composite decking (and frequent big discounts!)

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge, unfortunately – please check the eDecks website for more details.

**Prices all correct at time of writing

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