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Publications

The majority of our publications are free to download – all you have to do is become a registered user. Please register here to obtain your unique username and password supplied by the TDCA administration. NOTE: this is a manual process not an automated one and so it may take 24 hours or longer if a non-working day.

If you don't wish to register you can buy online and a pdf will be emailed to you except in the case of The Professional Designers' Manual (see The Professional Designers' Manual below for more info). The price includes postage where applicable. To purchase simply click on the 'Add to Cart' button and you will be taken to PayPal's secure payment pages where you will be able to make payment.

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The Timber Cladding Handbook

Produced in partnership with the Timber Trade Federation this go-to 48-page resource provides clear, relevant and up to date information for specifiers, buyers and installers of timber cladding. Includes guidance on: design and installation, material choice and UK building regulation compliance.

This publication is available as a free download to Registered users.   Register / login

Hard copy now in stock - see below.

FREE
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The Timber Cladding Handbook - hard copy version

For those requiring a hard copy version of this publication aimed at specifiers, buyers and installers and produced in collaboration with the Timber Trade Federation.   

£12.00 (UK) / £20.00 Europe / £28.00 Outside Europe
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Planning & Building Regulations: Technical Bulletin TB02

NEW updated version for November 2021 – guidance on the planning and building control requirements for outdoor deck structures to be built on private houses.

This publication is available as a free download to Registered Users.  Register / login

£1.00
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TDCA Guide to Hardwood Decking

NEW for Spring 2021. A 12 page 'Builder's Guide' to choosing and using hardwood species to create high performance decks. Outlines key principles of deck design and installation the TDCA way. These guidelines are for installation on domestic properties – for commercial decks please refer to the Professional Designer's Manual.  

This publication is available as a free download to Registered users.   Register / login

£3.00
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Professional Designers' Manual: sample pages

Download contents and sample pages before you buy.

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Professional Designers' Manual

The Timber Decking Manual is the definitive professional guide for decking designers and builders providing best practice guidance to ensure long lasting performance.  It covers both domestic and commercial situations and includes span tables for commonly used species and profile sizes.  

If you like to purchase a digital edition of this manual please contact us.

£36.00 (UK) / £40.00 (Europe/ROI) / £47.00 (outside Europe)
Price incl. delivery
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List of decking members

A list of Timber Decking and Cladding Association DECKING sector members and Approved decking Retailers.

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List of cladding members

A list of Timber Decking and Cladding Association CLADDING sector members and Approved Cladding Retailers.

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How to keep your deck looking good

TDCA guidance on how to rejuvenate a timber deck and keep it in tip top condition.

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A Builder's Guide to Timber Decking

An 8 page brochure outlining the key principles of deck design and installation the TDCA way. The information given in this publication is based on those guidelines for installation on domestic properties.  Commercial decks require more robust design, materials and construction to deal with the loads placed on them and are not covered by the guidance in this brochure - please refer to the Professional Designers Manual.  

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£3.00
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Building a timber substructure to support WPC deck boards

An 8 page brochure providing guidance on what to consider when building a timber substructure for wood plastic composite (WPC) deck boards. Commercial decks require more robust design, materials and construction to deal with the loads placed on them and are not covered by the guidance in this brochure - please refer to the Professional Designers Manual. 

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£3.00
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Deck parapets design and construction: Technical Bulletin TB04

Where parapets act as safety barriers they should meet the requirements of building regulations. This technical bulletin is a supplement to the Timber Decking Manual and provides detailed design guidance and specifications.  

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£5.00
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Metal Fixings - TDCA Technical Bulletin TB08

Guidance on selecting and using metal fixings and connectors.  

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£5.00
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Code of Practice - Raised Timber Deck structures on new homes

Raised timber decks for new homes – This Code of Practice has been produced by the Timber Decking and Cladding Association to meet the installation and performance requirements specified in NHBC home building standards.

 

6th Edition May 2018 Code of Practice: TDCA/RD0801 E6

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£3.00
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Code of Practice: Balconies on new homes – desired service life 60 years

This Code of Practice has been produced by the Timber Decking and Cladding Association to meet the installation and performance requirements specified in NHBC standards.


3rd edition May 2018 Code of Practice: TDCA/RD1701 E3

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£3.00