How to install a deck: do I need professional help?

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Deciding how to install a deck will depend partly on the complexity of the design. If it is a simple, flat area that is not too large, you might choose to undertake it yourself. If however, the design is much larger, a competent installer might be a sensible option.

Within our TDCA member companies, you’ll find many professional deck designers and installers. Some will undertake work in a specific area whereas others are able to travel more widely to carry out decking projects. You might conclude that hiring professional help is a good investment and will ensure that you end up with a long-lasting deck that becomes an asset to your property.

A professional decking installer will also be able to help you with many design aspects, specifically working with your location and making the most out of the space and the aspects.

Learning how to install a deck yourself is not easy if you have not done this sort of work before. However it is possible. We would recommend that you do as much research as possible before you start the project. You might also wish to acquire the help of a friend or family member and ensure that you have plenty of time to complete the project.

Decking projects are generally undertaken in the warmer, dryer months from spring to early autumn. It is at this time that the ground is easier to work with – nobody wants to install a deck in a mud-bath!

If you are considering how to install a deck yourself, take advice from your decking supplier (we have a list of TDCA approved suppliers) on factors such as preservative treatment (Use Class 3 is generally acceptable for deck boards, whereas Use Class 4 will be required for timber that will have in-ground contact), timber species, deck fixings and tools required to do the job properly.