Planning and preparation
Before you lay your composite decking, it’s important to decide exactly where you want your deck to go and which direction you want your deck boards to run. Very large or raised decks may need planning permission, so be sure to do some research with your local planning office or a qualified decking professional before you go ahead and order your deck boards.
Picking the right spot
Laying decking is a great way to combat tricky areas in your garden such as differing levels, steps down from your back patio doors or uneven ground. Think about the way the sunlight hits the areas of your garden and how that might affect the style of decking, its position and the colour you go for. Avoid darker colours if you have a south-facing garden as they can retain more heat in direct sunlight, making them hotter to walk on for children and pets. On the other hand, if your garden doesn’t get much sun, avoid building your deck under heavy shade-bearing trees that might drop slippery leaves and sap.
Think about the direction you want the deck boards to run in too. Looking along the length of the boards will make the deck look longer, while looking across the boards creates an illusion of width.
Grass, soil or something else?
The structure you decide to lay your composite deck on is almost as important as the deck boards themselves. We’d advise against laying your decking straight onto soft ground such as soil or grass as you may find your decking sinking when the ground gets waterlogged and this will affect its long term performance.