Frequently Asked Questions
Do decks need Planning Permission?
No. For existing domestic properties planning permission for a ground level deck, does not need to be submitted for approval under the current UK Building Regulations
The following situations would require Planning Permission:
- If any part of the deck exceeds 3m in height.
- Where a deck forms part of the design features of a new building or extension.
- If the structure would affect the value or privacy of adjacent properties.
- If the deck is to be installed onto a listed building.
How long will it take to complete my deck?
This depends on the size and complexity of the build. Some basic designs can be completed in a few days. Some elaborate designs take longer. The build schedule will be discussed as part of your free survey / estimate. Our decks are built to the highest standard.
Is there a standard deck design?
No. The design of your deck is only limited by the size of the area available and your imagination. However “Decking 4 Less” will propose a design of your deck that suits all your requirements.
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Should I install a Balustrade (Railings)?
They are not necessary for decks built at ground level and are a personal choice. There are many designs to choose from, and our surveyor / estimator will advise you on this issue.
There are certain circumstances where they would be essential for safety reasons as even a small change in floor level can be a hazard, especially for the elderly or disabled people. “Decking4Less” will advise you on this subject.
For any deck over 600mm (2 feet) above the ground, it is an essential requirement (safety barriers) they will be installed according to UK Building Regulations.
Can decking be used on a sloping surface?
Yes. This is one of the main advantages of decking. You can achieve a level area above the slope, therefore maximising your unused areas without major costs.
Will my deck be strong enough?
Yes. “Decking4Less” build to industry standards and quality materials are used throughout.
Is timber decking durable?
The timber decking used by “Decking4Less” is manufactured from pressure treated timber that has been impregnated with a proven timber preservative and is guaranteed for fifteen years.
What about Health and Safety – Do “Decking4Less” conform
Throughout the build “Health and Safety” is important and safety procedures will be in-place to protect us, and you our customer.
Will decking last in the British climate?
Yes. The key to long lasting decking lies in choosing a high quality products. “Decking4Less” has many years experience in the timber industry and all our timber decking is pre-treated with water repellent preservative, meaning minimum maintenance and trouble free enjoyment for years to come.
Are the treatments used in protecting decking timber in any way harmful?
No. All timber used by “Decking4Less” is pressure treated to withstand extremes of weather in the outside environment. The treatment used is non harmful to the environment, people, plants and pets. The process is strictly governed and the preservative stays in the timber and does not weep, is perfectly safe, and sourced through FSC registered suppliers.
Are “Decking4Less” decking materials environmentally friendly?
Yes! The timber used by us is sourced from sustainable and replanted environs. The Timber mainly comes from Scandinavian countries, where the wood is denser than timber grown in the UK. This gives excellent durability, and consistency of colour. “Decking4Less” is also a member of the UK Decking Association who strives for best practice in the decking industry.
What about maintenance? Is it easy?
One big advantage of a well constructed deck is low maintenance.
- Brushing way dried leaves and generally keeping clean.
- Place plant pots into waterproof trays and move regularly to ensure even colour and no rings
- Fit plastic or rubber feet to furniture that you feel may mark or scratch the deck.
- Once a year thoroughly clean the deck with a high pressure hose – alternatively “Decking4Less offer an annual maintenance agreement if required.
What about Fire performance?
The TRADA states: ‘Risk of fire. Wide experience has shown that wooden decks are very resistant to ignition.
What about my drain cover?
For that occasional access to your manhole cover, a hinged panel can be used to cover the drain and allow access when required.
Do decks get slippery when wet?
No, if you brush it regularly. To get it really clean it is recommended that you give it a blast with a pressure washer all over once or twice a year. This will not harm your deck at all.
“Decking4Less” can arrange a service and maintenance agreement if required.
Should I choose hardwood or softwood for my deck?
Hardwood and softwood are broad biological terms used to describe species of wood and bear no resemblance to the physical hardness of the product itself.
Over 90% of all decks are made from suitable pressure treated softwoods because of their availability, ease of working and cost effectiveness. Hardwoods come in a range of attractive colours. They tend to be more expensive and require more care to work with than softwoods. There is a wide range of species of wood within each category that are highly suitable for decking.
If planning permission is required?
We offer a comprehensive design and installation service to suit a wide range of requests. Whilst in most cases planning permission or Building regulations approval will not be required, we can submit planning applications, provide drawings where necessary and attend site meetings to ensure that the deck you require is safe, legal and most of all, exactly what you wished for.
Can you offer Commercial installations?
Yes. Our sister organisation Decking4Pubs
can designed and installed decking for businesses like clubs, restaurants, café's, children's crèches and any retail outlet that want to create an attractive outdoor room for their customers to enjoy.
What regional areas do you cover?
“Decking4Less” & Decking4Pubs” currently operate throughout the south east – London, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We are constantly expanding so please call us to see if we are within your area yet!