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Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

Composite Timber Dura Decking and Fender | Case Study

Project: Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Client: Ridgeway for the end client Brendan McManus

Lough Erne is the collective name given to Upper and Lower Lough Erne, a picturesque interconnected lake system situated in Northern Ireland. Best known as the location of the 5 star Lough Erne Hotel & Golf Resort, the area also boasts stunning private properties, including the shoreline home of Brendan McManus.

Wanting to add a private jetty to his property to enable him access the Lough all year round, Mr. McManus approached expert building supplier Ridgeway. With a strong reputation for both customer service and innovation, Ridgeway advised on the construction of a fixed jetty and fender using hardwearing, low maintenance composite timber materials.

For this project, Mr. McManus selected charcoal-coloured Dura Deck Eco 295 – a deck board that is twice the width of most products on the market, allowing installs to be completed in half the time, saving labour and cost.

The additional width provides extra strength and allows for wider spans. It also offers some of the lowest water absorption rates in the industry, minimising the risk of over expansion in waterside environments such as Lough Erne.

The innovative subsurface fixing system means no nails or screws need to go through the deck itself. This creates a smart, uniform and barefoot friendly deck with in-built anti-slip properties. The Dura Fenders used on the sides of the jetty are a single piece construction which ensure its smooth running and integrate easily into the overall design. They are colour matched to the Dura Deck for maximum aesthetic appeal.

Despite the high tech composition, the Dura Deck Eco boards and Dura Fenders are easy to cut and install using standard carpentry tools. Mr. McManus was able to easily construct the jetty himself under the guidance of the Ridgeway team and is delighted with the end result.

Commenting on the successful project, Mr McManus said;

The images don’t do justice to the beauty of this location and how well the jetty has blended with its surroundings in such a short time. I found the decking and fenders easy to work with and the resulting structure is both anti-slip in wet weather and will last for many years compared with a traditional timber solution.

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