Timber Decking Top Tips

Timber decking completely transforms the look of a garden for the better, as well as delivering plenty of practical benefits such as extra living space and enhanced property values. If you're considering installing a timber decking structure, then check out these top tips from Greengate's, your local builders merchant...


  • Planning Permission. Many people overlook this crucial first step, meaning that their new decking could in fact be breaking the law. If your proposed decking structure will cover 50% or more of any outside area and/or extend to more than 30cm above the ground, planning permission must be granted by the relevant local authority. If in doubt, check with them first.
  • Design Options. Decking at ground-level involves less-complicated design decisions and does not require the addition of extra safety components like balustrades and handrails. Though more complex, elevated decking is perfect for sloping or uneven ground and delivers the extra benefit of increased storage space. Whichever style you choose, be sure your proposed design is as practical as it is aesthetically-pleasing.
  • Component Quality. Any decking structure can only be as good as the components used to create it: you can rest assured that Greengates' timber decking boards, along with accessories like newels, handrails and spindles, are of superlative professional quality. The same goes for our decking-related ancillaries like protective clothing, fixings and tools.
  • Colour Coatings. Designed to enhance visual appeal while imbuing timber decking with extra protection from the elements, a selection of specialist timber coatings is available from Greengate's builders merchant. Find out more details about these coatings in the 'Paint, Brushes and Wood Stain' section of our website.

Greengate's is currently open Mon-Fri from 8am-4pm (closed for lunch 12pm-12:30pm) and Sat from 8am-12pm. Please bear in mind that demand is high at the moment and our staff are working extra-hard to keep any delays to an absolute minimum.

Summer will soon be here and so it's the ideal time to start a timber decking project with products from Greengate's. Check out our selection of timber decking components and accessories now!

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