Artofloor believes in providing our customers with honest and quality products while maintaining a competitive pricing. In short, you will get what you are paying for at a reasonable price. This article will tell you exactly what you are paying for when you engage us to construct your decking. In this article we use a small planter box decking to illustrate the construction process.
1. Choosing of wood material for your decking
Artofloor offers Chengal, Ironwood, Teak and Balau wood for your outdoor decking. Each of these species has their own character and we will help you pick a suitable material based on your preference, taste and budget.
For your decking frame, you may opt for either Balau or Chengal batten with dimension of 20mm by 40mm or 40mm by 40mm. Our professionals will do an on-site assessment and advise you on the recommended specifications for your decking. In the small planter box decking shown below, we assessed that the area is small and height is shallow, thus we advised our client that she may opt for 20mm by 40mm batten and this had helped her reduced the cost of her decking significantly. Our goal is to ensure a solid decking in the most cost efficient manner.
2. Constructing of decking frame
The decking frame is the most crucial factor for a good and long-lasting decking. A strong frame supports the decking planks and prevent them from sagging or shifting, and ensures that the decking remains safe and stable for a long time.
There are different ways to construct a wood decking support frame. Artofloor is committed to provide you with a solid frame to minimise warping, creaking and movements when you step on your decking. To achieve this, we do not stinge on the resources we use.
For maximum stability, we apply generous amount of glue and nails between the horizontal support beams and the wall. These horizontal beams on their own are sufficient to hold the decking planks. However, for maximum stability, we add vertical support beams at an interval of between 300-450mm under the horizontal beams to ensure a rock solid support. Furthermore, we have additional horizontal beams in between at intervals of about 450mm to prevent the centre of the planks from sagging. This is a labour intensive method of installation which also uses more resources. However, this certainly ensures a long lasting decking with minimal issues in years to come.
3. Laying of Surface Planks
Each piece of our decking planks are measured and cut on-site to ensure a perfect fit. We lay the planks one piece at a time with a 2-3mm gap in between pieces for ventilation and to cater for contraction and expansion. We then nail the planks down to the horizontal support beams to secure the pieces. Again, this method is tedious but it ensures every piece of wood is secured and there will be minimal movement when stepped on. Another common method of construction is to join 4 to 5 pieces of decking planks together and lay them over the horizontal beams without nailing them down. Although this is easier to construct, uses less material and allows the surface planks to be lifted, over time the surface planks are more likely to warp and become shaky when you step on them.
4. Creating access to floor trap
The only area where we do not nail the decking planks to the frame is where is floor trap is. Here the few pieces of decking planks can be lifted so that the floor trap can be reached for cleaning and maintenance purpose.
5. Sanding and varnishing
Finally we will sand the surface of the decking to smoothen out the wood before coating 2 layers of outdoor varnish. The result is a cut-to-precision, durable, safe and extremely stable decking. Give us a call if you like how we do it, and we will be glad to be of service to you.
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