Deck Construction

Essex Decking and Fencing will build you a safe, solid deck.

We understand that a deck is a load bearing structure that could potentially bear many people at one time.

Every care is taken that the correct type and amount of fixings are used.

Similar in concept to the foundations of a house, the secret to a strong and durable deck is a good solid sub-frame.

We have discovered when removing old decks, cases of entire sub frames being 'balanced' on loose bricks, piles of broken slabs, polystyrene blocks, and even paint tins!.

We believe that your deck should feel (and indeed be) as solid and safe as the floor inside your house. 

We will only use building grade joists to construct your deck sub-frame (stress graded and dry graded) and we always endeavour to source our timber from local, ethically aware suppliers (endorsed by the FSC).

Before committing to building a deck for you, we will usually ask for a site inspection to discuss your requirements, and advise you on the location/aspect, size, shape and type of decking.

This is also a good time to consider potential lighting, handrails, ramps, steps, features etc.

Basic checklist of things to consider when building a deck:

The look and feel

Will it tie in with its location, i.e nearby buildings, structures, materials used.

Height

Unless we excavate, bear in mind your deck will be on a sub-frame above ground level. This can raise your standing level and may leave you head and shoulders above your fence height.

Aspect

If its in a particularly sunny area, you may wish to think about a shaded area such as a pergola or gazebo.

Location

If you intend your deck to be underneath trees, you will get bird droppings and leaf fall/twig/branch fallout. Under some species of tree such as Horse Chestnut (conker) trees; every spring you will get a coating of very sticky buds.

If you are planning to dine, entertain or (hopefully) party on your deck; you may not wish to be overlooked by neighbours.

Lighting and Electrics

Think of how you intend to use your deck and if you'll need extra power there. Lighting is very important!. When the sun goes down, you want the oohs and ahhs when the lights go on. Additionally we have found that barbecues are not really that much fun in pitch darkness.

Screening/Handrails/Boundaries

If you want a little privacy, consider if you might need some kind of screening.

If your deck is 18 inches or over above the ground, you'll need some form of handrail or balustrade. For safety and insurance reasons!

Sometimes it's nice to define all, or part of your deck with a handrail/balustrade. This will prevent it from resembling a 'stage' and make it feel as though its a separate, dedicated area.

Cooking and fire-pits/chimineas

These are great on a deck but please remember wood is flammable and composite can melt.

We can build slabs/tiles or other materials into your deck, to allow you to place these items without cooking your deck as well as your burgers.

Features

We can build and integrate things such as planters, benches, pergolas, water features, flower beds into your deck.