If your decking is to trim another garden feature such as a hot tub or pool, then your location is already set. However, if you have your pick, there are a few things to think about when choosing your site:
- Is the ground level or does it have a noticeable slope? Level gardens offer the easiest conditions for laying decking. But even the most difficult or steep of slopes can work with decking, it just requires extra care and attention.
- How close is the site to your house? Decking can work well both adjoining your home and further away from it. If you’re looking to step out from your home onto the decking, it’s worthwhile running the boards horizontally so that you gain maximum grip from the boards, this may prevent any slippage from wet surfaces.
- How much sun does it get? The south-facing side of the house will of course offer a sunny spot to sit, however if you are looking for a shady spot, select somewhere that is more suitable
- What’s the view from the site? If you are going to spend your time sitting on the decking relaxing, it’s worth ensuring you’re going to have a nice view.
- Do you have any existing features to work around? From trees to posts, there’s no need to remove anything else from your space to accommodate your decking – simply work around them. And if it’s a tree, it’s worth researching to check that it isn’t going to grow over time and affect the decking. However, its worth looking into building the decking around a tree, this can be a really attractive feature and make your decking different from others.