How to Make the Perfect Decking Area

A decking area is a great alternative to having a patio area in your garden. Because they are usually raised, a decking area can add extra depth and texture to your garden through the creation of another level. As a perfect place to relax in your garden during the summer months, you will want to make your decking area as perfect as possible. If you are unsure of how to make the most out of yours, this guide could show you.

Protect It

If you want your decking area to last years  and to make the most out of the money you spent on it, it is important that you take care of the wood. This can be done simply by using a wood treatment. You will more than likely wish to stain your wood, too, so a 2 in 1 stain and protect product such as Protek wood stain and protector would be ideal. This will work to protect the wood against rot and fungi which are inevitable given the wet, British weather.

Provide Shelter

In order to get the most out of your decking area, you should be able to spend as much time there as possible. Obviously, this isn’t possible or practical when it is raining, but having shelter means that you can be shielded from the summer sun, yet still enjoy your outside space. A large parasol or a pull-out awning would do the trick, and can be put away when you want to soak up some of the sun’s rays.

Decorate It

Garden art and the use of different accessories will help to make your decking area more beautiful and interesting to look at. Lighting, such as this selection of garden lights is a practical and pretty garden decoration. Likewise, citronella candles can add a pop of colour at the same time as keeping the insects away. You could even make your own garden decorations to put in your decking area, making use of recyclable materials. The great thing about art is that it can be personal, so use your imagination and get experimenting.

Do you have any more tips on how to create the perfect decking area? Share your ideas in the comments.

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