Using the perfect decking boards for your deck can take your whole design from ragged-looking to sleek! Decks have a way of tying an outside and inside space together flawlessly while creating a whole new space to entertain, enjoy and appreciate the natural wonders around you.
So, we thought, why not give you a complete guide to decks, building a deck, tips, and tricks to deck building and so much more!
Strap yourselves in for a super informational post. You might even get a decking plan or two out of it for free!
Basic Tips on how to build a deck
You’ve decided it’s time to give your yard a revamp, and to do this you’ve decided on a deck but you have no idea how to go about it? Let us help you out by providing you with a few vital tips and tricks if you’re going DIY and turning yourself into a deck builder.
1. Decide on an overall aesthetic design.
Aesthetic might seem like an afterthought since you want to go out there, buy the decking timber and get this thing started. But in order to tie the project together with your garden and home, we suggest you start with this important step.
When deciding on an aesthetic you will be looking at things like colors, patterns, sunlight and more. Once you’ve decided on this, you can start searching for the correct materials to get the job done and looking perfect.
No idea what aesthetic you’re looking for? Luckily, there’s an App for that! If you have an iPad this will be perfect for you. Head on over to their website or your App Store and download Azek’s Deck Designer now.
2. Get those permits
Because a deck is a permanent structure, you need to do your research on all the rules and regulations regarding deck building in your area and then get a permit to start constructing. Yes, this may be a hassle, we know. But this is vital if you’re building. Whether it is on your own property or someone else’s.
Want to know what you’re getting yourself into? If an architect or builder had to draw up plans, he would make use of SANS10163 rules and regulations for building.
You can read through it to make sure you are adhering to the law when constructing your deck.
3. Use the correct decking materials
Once you’ve decided on the aesthetic and have permission to start your construction, you can go ahead and delve into the mysteries of all the different decking materials out there.
But since you have an idea of the aesthetic it’s only searching out for the product that will allow you to get the specific look and feel that you’re going for.
While you get various different materials like composite decking, aluminum decking, and other wood decking materials, at Sabie Poles we love our Treated Timber Decking Boards.
Treated Timber Decking Boards sizes (Pine) :
These pine decking boards can be stained and sealed with any color of your choice which is why it at the top of our list for decking supplies. The decking boards/planks that are sold by Sabie Poles are CCA pressure treated decking boards (Treated according to H3 CCA Class). Therefore, the timber will not rot, or be susceptible to other wood deterioration causes.
Furthermore, you need your deck’s framework to be strong, durable and something with a guarantee. Therefore, at Sabie Poles, we recommend the highest quality CCA Treated Timber Eucalyptus Poles. These poles come with a minimum of 15-year guarantee and are strong enough to hold the weight of anything you might want to put on the deck.
4. Know the deck construction process
Here are the most basic steps to constructing your deck:
First Step – Plan the dimensions. Look at the area where you will be building. Thereafter, mark out the dimensions to ensure your building plan suits the location.
Second Step: Prepare the area for construction. This entails cleaning the building area, removing rubble and rocks.
Third Step: Get those foundations up. Dig holes and get the concrete with the support structures in there.
Fourth Step: Build the frame. Start building your “skeleton” on which all the external decking boards will be attached to.
Fith Step: Install decking boards and material.
Sixth Step: Install any steps, gates and other functional design elements.
Seventh Step : Complete the deck. This entails painting, sealing or adding other design elements that you want to add to your deck.
Now that you know all the basics to get going with your decking projects, here are a few decking designs that you might want to try out:
We know finding deck designs can be a time-consuming task. That is why we took it upon ourselves to give you a few free deck designs where you can get all the information you need!
Still, haven’t found what you’re looking for? No problem, head over to Homestratosphere’s website where they have a bunch of free plans and designs for you to choose from!
All plans above were provided by Home Stratosphere.
Where to get Decking planks / Decking Boards / Timber Boards in South Africa
South Africa is filled with timber merchants! At Sabie Poles, we supply out timber merchants with the highest quality treated and untreated pine decking timber. We have merchants situated all over Southern Africa who would be happy to assist you on your deck building journey.
Sabie Pole’s decking boards are all SABS approved. Additionally, when we pressure treat our decking boards we strictly adhere to the NRCS rules and regulations. This means that you, as a customer, will be getting the highest quality decking timber in South Africa. Our decking boards have a 15-year guarantee! Who else can say that?
If you are looking for decking timber in your area, leave us a message in the comments or head on over to our Contact Us page. We’ll get back to you regarding decking sizing and pricing.
Wood Deck Pricing and Sizes in South Africa
Wood decking boards have so many different sizes and types that is impossible to give a basic pricing. Therefore, we would like to supply you with the products that we do offer at Sabie Poles:
- Pine Treated Decking Boards
- Untreated Pine Decking Boards
- Eucalyptus or other wood decking boards (On request only)
For this reason, we ask that you contact us with specifications. Thereafter, we can send you a price list and/or quotation for your decking timber. Furthermore, if we have timber merchants in your area, we will direct you straight to them so you can save on costs!
Our standard size on pine decking boards:
Wholesale Decking Timber
Unable to find anyone to supply you with the proper decking timber? Or maybe you are a timber merchant looking for a supplier. Either way, you have come to the right place.
At Sabie Poles we are suppliers of high-quality CCA Treated Timber Eucalyptus and other timbers like Pine. All you have to do is get in contact with us. We’ll assist you with all your timber decking boards and plank needs!
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