Garden Decking FAQ

In our post this week, we’re going to explore some of the most commonly asked questions regarding garden decking. If you’re thinking about investing in new garden decking, and perhaps you’ve not had it before, then this FAQ post should be helpful.

Do I need planning permission for garden decking?

It all depends on the type of structure you’re going to build. It is possible that this will be the case, and if it’s not a house, but some other kind of building then you will need planning permission.

The circumstances where you may need planning permission is when you’re near a motorway, if it’s more than 30cm above the ground and if it covers more than 50% of the garden. You need to take care that it doesn’t invade privacy, and that it’s not attached to a listed building. If your decking is going to be in a conservation area or a national trust then you will be expected to make sure that your decking is in proportion with the rest of your property

How long does garden decking last?

What type of wood you use can determine the lifespan of your decking. If it’s a durable wood it can last up to 15 years or more.

Can water make garden decking unsafe to walk on?

Yes, it can do but if you keep the decking surface clean and make sure there’s no mildew, algae or moss then these won’t collect to create slippery deposits. Make sure you also brush the decking with a good quality broom and clean it, maybe once year in warm weather with a power spray.

If the ground in my garden isn’t flat can I still have garden decking?

If your garden slopes slightly you can still have decking and you’ll find it’s the perfect solution for it. Slopes can be straightened out with good support beneath the decking. No more sloping garden, welcome sleek, straight garden decking.

Is it possible to have a hot tub installed on my garden decking?

Yes it is, however the decking will need to be specifically designed to support the extra weight. The timber used will need to be stress graded in order to provide the support needed. However, with this in mind, there is no reason why you can’t have a hot tub if you take the necessary precautions.

Is garden decking environmentally friendly?

Wooden decking is one of the most sustainable products used in building timber can be recycled once it’s past its sell by date. Much of the timber used in the UK comes from Scandinavian countries where it’s much colder and the quality of woods comes with less knots.

Lothian F&D Decking – For All Your Garden Decking Needs

If you’re still two minds on whether to have garden decking in your property and you have more questions, then contact us here at Lothian F&D Decking. We’ll answer all your questions and give you reassurances on any uncertainties you may still have.

We’re experienced and qualified to fit garden decking so if you do decide to go with us, then you’ll get value for money and a worthwhile investment that could add value to your property.