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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Composite Decking

When setting out to create your dream outdoor space, the last thing you want is to mess up the decking installation. Done right, composite decking is a low-maintenance structure that can completely transform your garden or terrace.

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Ready to get started? Make sure to read this article to avoid the top 10 most common decking installation mistakes.

  1. Not allowing sufficient ventilation underneath the decking

It’s crucial that your decking is installed with sufficient airflow underneath. Lack of ventilation can trap moisture, leading to mould growth and structural problems.

  1. Insufficient expansion gaps

Composite decking expands and contracts with temperature changes. Without enough space for expansion, your decking can warp, buckle or crack.

  1. Installing on a substandard subframe

Your decking is only as strong as the subframe it’s built on. Make sure your subframe is sturdy and level, or your deck may be unstable.

  1. Not treating the end of the timber joists

Timber joists need proper treatment to prevent rot. Don’t overlook this step, as rotting joists can wreak havoc on the stability of your deck.

  1. Using the wrong clips and screws

The right clips and screws are crucial for constructing a secure and aesthetically pleasing deck. Using the wrong ones can lead to problems like loose boards, uneven surfaces or visible screw heads.

  1. Disregarding the manufacturer’s guide

Your decking’s manufacturer knows their product best. Follow their installation guide to ensure you’re installing it correctly.

  1. Failing to prepare the ground

A level, debris-free area is crucial for successful deck installation. Make sure the area is level, clear of debris and free of weeds that could grow through the decking.

  1. Not checking local building regulations

Local building regulations may have specific requirements for decking. Ignoring these regulations can result in costly corrections later on.

  1. Failing to plan for future maintenance

Even low-maintenance composite decking needs occasional cleaning. Make sure you have access to all areas of your deck for easy maintenance.

  1. Not consulting with a professional

If you’re unsure about any aspect of your decking installation, consult with a professional. A skilled contractor can help you avoid costly mistakes.

Choose Assured Composite for Quality Decking

When it comes to high-quality composite decking and accessories, Assured Composite is a supplier you can trust. Our clips and screws are specifically designed to complement our composite decking, ensuring a seamless and long-lasting finish.

Refer to our installation guide for detailed, step-by-step instructions to help you install your decking the right way.

Contact us today to learn more about our range of composite decking, clips, screws and accessories