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First things first, you need to design your decking area. Do you want to use it for extra entertaining space, a BBQ area, al fresco dining or relaxing? The primary function will then dictate whether you want it to be in the shade or to be a sun trap, or whether you'd like it up against your house or isolated. Finally you need to decide on how big an area you'd like to cover.
When constructing your decking you need to think about drainage of water, if build against your property you will need to slightly slop the ground away from your walls. Also, you don't really want weeds or other plants growing under your decking as this can cause damage, rot or subsidence. This can be prevented by laying a weed proof membrane or adding gravel once the deck-base is in place and level.
The majority of our decking kits include a bearer base for your decking boards, if not here is how you build one.
Be sure to take a look at the timber decking we have to offer.