Decks

Deck Patio Ideas

blue deck patio and plantersDeck patios are a great landscaping feature in any garden. However, at times they can seem a bit bare. In this article we will look at various deck patio ideas when it comes to protecting your decking, and ensuring it remains an attractive focal point in your garden.

Maintaining your decking

Deck Building Materials

Decking has become a fashionable landscaping tool in recent years, and is becoming more and more widespread in gardens nationwide. Because of its attractive and functional features, decking is sure to continue to be a popular choice for would-be landscape gardeners in years to come. In this article we will look at the types of deck building materials, what to look for, and how to construct decking easily within your own garden.

Types of Decking

Recessed Lighting for Deck Stairs

Most deck lighting available today is low voltage. Low voltage recessed lighting reduces household current from 120 volts to 12 volts and can usually be installed without an electrician. The 12 volt outdoor light fixtures comes a 12 volt digital transformer with built-in photocell that automatically turns the lighting on at dusk and off at dawn.

Additional settings allow lights to automatically turn on and then off in 4, 6 or 8 hours. This type of lighting can work well for deck stairs.

Recessed deck lighting is available in kits. Each kit typically includes: outdoor light fixtures, 4 watt lamps, socket/ connectors, 12 volt transformer with photocell, and cabling.

Composite Decking versus Wooden Decks

Wooden decks are made from treated lumbers: red cedar, mahogany and other hardwoods. Few aspects of a home require as much maintenance as a wood deck. Exposed to the elements, a wood deck needs sanding, resealing or painting to maintain the desired look and to hold up over time. Although treated wood retains certain resistance properties, moisture and insects still attack, and most wood gives in to rot over time.

Veranda Decking

Veranda decking is composite decking, and a comparatively recent adjunct to the decking market. Even now it's now winning many converts over to its benefits and features, regardless of having a slightly higher initial price. Nonetheless, such features are enough to make people think twice, and help in increasing its share of the decking market in relation to traditional wood decking. To consider veranda decking you should consider these features as well.

The fact that veranda decking is a composite product made from wood fibers and plastic, is at the center of the many of the benefits carrying veranda decking into the spotlight. It gives it unusual properties lending themselves to a wide variety of environments and usages.