4th Jul 2023 -

If you want to build your own garden decking but are worried about inexperience, we’re here to help. Building Materials Nationwide works with professionals and DIYers across the UK, offering a range of timber, composite and PVC decking boards for sale.

Our decking boards are all chosen for their great looks, fantastic long-term performance, and their comfortable installation process. We believe that with the right materials and guidance, any homeowner can create a stunning deck for their property. 

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Can I Really Build My Own Deck?

The design and installation of a deck can seem overwhelming at times, but when approached correctly it’s well within the scope of those with some DIY experience. 

It all starts with a careful plan and the right materials, which is where we come in. By opting for simple composite boards, fascias, and supports, you can quickly assemble a deck designed to offer decades of performance with minimal maintenance. Or alternatively, a DIY wooden deck can offer a fantastic natural grain with boards that can also be sawn into different sizes or shapes.

Building your own deck allows you to add a multipurpose space to your property, a beautiful area for outdoor dining, relaxation, and entertaining. Whether enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning sun, hosting barbecues with friends and family, or even creating sturdy support around a hot tub, a deck can create an attractive and functional area that also adds real value to your home.

Our Full Range of Decking Boards and Fittings

We stock a range of decking boards through our site, covering composite, timber, and PVC, with benefits to consider for each.

  • Composite: Made from a blend of recycled wood fibres and plastics, we have a full selection of hollow and solid composite boards, in a range of colours and wood hues. Composite decking is designed around great performance over time, requiring little more than basic cleaning to keep them at their best.
  • Timber: Many homeowners will still opt for a classic timber look outside of their property, which can also be expected to last decades, provided you keep up a consistent level of maintenance. We sell both standard wooden decking boards and boards with anti-slip inserts, a safety essential around water elements like hot tubs.
  • PVC: Our premium PVC decking offers excellent strength and a convincing wood appearance. Built around a solid PVC core, with a water and chemical-resistant ASA outer shell, you’ll be able to choose from colour options like Ebony, Silver Birch, and Walnut.

You’ll find everything you need for a successful installation alongside our decking boards, from skirting and fascia boards to composite joists. We also have a selection of decking accessories, including handrails, which can be a safety essential in some gardens. As well as this, you’ll find clips and end caps for our composite decking boards within our accessories category.

Whether you prefer the modern appeal of composite decking, the timeless charm of timber, or the low-maintenance benefits of PVC, we have the right solution for you. Our products are designed to meet the highest standards of quality, durability, and aesthetics, empowering you to create a stunning and long-lasting deck in your garden.

Essentials For Your DIY Installation

When looking to build your own decking, there are a few essential tips to keep in mind to ensure a smooth, safe, and effective installation.

  • Proper Deck Preparation: Before starting your installation, ensure the site is clear of any obstructions, level the ground, and assess the structural integrity of the area.
  • Accurate Measurements: Take precise measurements of the installation area to determine the number of decking boards and other materials needed. Double-check your measurements to avoid any unnecessary waste or shortage.
  • Secure Deck Foundation: Ensure a solid and stable foundation for your deck, which can be achieved through several methods, from laying a solid concrete foundation and installing level slabs, to concreting wooden posts into the ground.
  • Use the Right Tools: Utilise the appropriate tools for each task, such as a power drill, saw, spirit level, and a tape measure, to ensure accurate and efficient installation. We have a range of tools for sale in this area.
  • Follow Installation Guidelines: Refer to the manufacturer's installation guidelines for your specific decking material to ensure proper techniques, spacing, and fastening methods.
  • Consider Proper Ventilation: Allow for adequate airflow underneath the deck to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rot and decay. Ensure you use proper ventilation techniques, such as lattices or vents.
  • Regular Maintenance: After installation, implement a regular maintenance routine to keep your deck in optimal condition. The level of maintenance will depend on the decking boards you have chosen, with wooden boards requiring resealing every few years. All board types should be cleaned to keep them looking great.
  • Safety First: During the installation process, prioritise safety by using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and following safety guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries.

Remember, if you ever need further guidance or have specific questions, our knowledgeable team at Building Materials Nationwide is here to provide expert advice and support throughout your DIY deck installation journey.

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With a wide range of quality products and expert advice, we're here to support you every step of the way when building your own deck. 

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We take pride in offering a comprehensive selection of decking materials and all the necessary accessories you need to create a hassle-free decking experience.

If you are a builder planning a large-scale project, we highly recommend getting in touch with our trade account managers. They specialise in providing the best deals for bulk purchases, ensuring that you receive cost-effective solutions tailored to your specific requirements. By applying for a trade account, you will unlock exclusive benefits and gain access to personalised assistance. 

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