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Frequently Asked Questions
How should deck boards be fastened?Deck boards are attached to the structure underneath using screws or ironmongery specifically for the decking product you select.
Why do we need to leave a space between deck boards?As timber is a natural product, it can move slightly when exposed to the weather. This is why it is recommended that we leave a small gap between deck boards. This is why it is recommended that you leave a small gap between deck boards - anything from 3mm to 10mm will be sufficient. The most commonly used gap size between boards being 5mm.
Will my deck require any maintenance?Deckmasters use composite decking as they are low maintenance. This superior product never needs painting, oiling, or staining.
Doesn't decking become slippery in wet weather conditions?Composite decking is extremely water resistant and also slip resistant. It is also it ideal for use alongside hot tubs and swimming pools.
There is a drain in our garden that we occasionally need to access - does this mean that we cannot have a deck?Not at all. Due to the versatility of timber decking, a panel can be used to cover the drain and allow simple access when required.
How will weeds be prevented from growing through my deck?As a matter of course we cover any vegetation areas with a weed and plant suppressing membrane preventing future growth.
How are your decks constructed?Regularised 100 x 50mm preservative treated joists and beams form the support carcase to which the deck boards are screw fixed. These are Use Class 3 (UC3 suitable for out of ground contact). The beams of the carcase are connected to 75 x 75mm Use Class 4 (UC4 suitable for in ground contact) preservative treated vertical support posts. Concrete pads are poured in-situ into excavated holes to form the foundations for the support posts. Protective butyl joist cap tape is used to protect the top of the structure from moisture. We also build your deck off PVC drainage shims preventing moisture ingress from ground level and where necessary geotextile under deck weed proof membrane is installed as a matter of course. Depending on the hight of the project, the substructure is hidden behind deck horizontal skirt or vertical facia boards which follow where possible, the existing levels of the garden.
How does the composite deck perform in hot and cold temperatures?Composite deck boards have minimal expansion and contraction with changes in temperature. Expansion and contraction are most significant where extreme temperature changes occur. For example, gaps between boards varying between of 3mm to 5mm side to side and 1mm to 5mm where they sporadically butt are commonplace but greater and lesser can occur.
How we work
Meet an expert
One of our Deckmaster experts will call you to discuss your requirements and schedule any further appointments.
See the project
Before we start work we will consult you on the 2D or 3D project plan, so that you are completely happy. Once approved we can start work.
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