As an extension to your outdoor living space we often construct a deck at an Alfresco area or front entrance abutting a doorway. Dependent on the adjoining ground level, this may consist of stairs, handrail and balustrading. Sometimes with a cover over the top such as a fixed pergola with guttering but often a large cantilever umbrella or Shadesail we install will suffice. As you’ll see on the photos below, where possible we like to include bench seats and storage, sometimes waterproofed planter boxes all built-in to the structure at the same time. Our decks are fixed with screws not nails which is a more expensive process but ensures countersunk heads to assist in sanding and oiling which we usually include. Dependant on the aspect and exposure to weather will determine how often timber decks need oiling. Composite decking boards are an option but the use of plastic outdoors can sometimes be noticeable. Timber after-all is usually utilised to soften the amount of concrete, brick or other hard surfaces we see on the outdoor areas of a structure.
In most cases we prefer to lay our pavers on a mortar base with grouted joins which requires a steel reinforced concrete sub-base to go down first. This requires deeper excavation from the outset but makes for a much more permanent surface. In some cases, where a permeable (water drains through, not runs off) surface is required, we can lay pavers on crushed rock and sand. A paved area laid on sand is considered a flexible base so it’s susceptible to weeds growing in the joins. Bluestone, Granite, Sandstone, Travertine, Limestone, kiln-fired clay and concrete pavers are our most common materials used. Our processes involve extensive use of adhesives and additives in laying pavers to ensure maximum bonding and longevity of your paved surface.
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