Decking can be an aesthetically pleasing and functional addition to any garden or roof terrace no matter its size. It can create a distinguished outdoor space for socialising and hosting, and it’s especially effective at making the most of uneven and sloped terrains.
Whether you want to create the perfect barbequing spot or are looking for a way to frame a hot tub, you’ll probably want to find the best decking contractors nearby. Below you can learn a little about your options and uncover some tips on how to choose a decking contractor without breaking the bank.
Popular types of decking
Decking comes in a wide variety of materials and styles. Some of the most popular in the UK are timber decking, layered timber decking and composite decking. We explain each of these briefly below:
#1: Timber decking
Timber decking achieves the contemporary decking appearance that many homeowners desire. The timber is developed to prevent any warping and treated to withstand the elements and ensure longevity. You can find timber decking in a range of colours and thicknesses.
#2: Layered timber decking
Layered timber decking provides additional friction underfoot, mitigating the chance of slipping on your deck. This may be a suitable option in later life or if you plan to place a hot tub on your deck.
#3: Composite decking
Composite decking is made from a blend of materials, typically recycled woods and plastics from old furniture. The exact composition can vary. It’s also a low-maintenance option which only requires cleaning with hot soapy water.
How to choose a decking contractor
Of course, you’ll need to choose a decking contractor that stocks and installs the type of decking you need. But beyond the inventory list, what else should you consider when choosing a decking contractor? We touch on four important considerations below.
Start with Google (Try “Decking contractor Near Me”)
It has never been easier to find products and services we need quickly. And the same applies to decking. You should start your search by hopping online and searching for decking contractors nearby.
You’re likely to bring up more relevant options if you search “decking near me” or “decking contractor near me”. Alternatively, you could search for a decking contractor in your specific town or area, such as “decking in Kent”.
Searching this way will ensure the search engine only brings up local decking contractors. You don’t have to use a local contractor, but asking a decking contractor from another area to supply and install your decking could increase the price due to transport costs and the additional time required.
Thankfully, there are a number of great decking contractors in most corners of the UK, so you should be able to choose local.
Check decking contractor reviews online
Once you have a list of the local decking contractors, it’s time to narrow down that list. You can start creating a shortlist by taking in the information on their website, such as the products on offer. But you can also make your shortlist based on recent online reviews.
You should check to see if any Google reviews have been left, but another place to try is Trustpilot. This website is the go-to place for UK reviewers and is worth checking out. Lastly, why not see if the company has social media? Facebook allows people to leave reviews on business pages.
Our top tip is not just to look at the ratings and what people say, but to look at how the company responds to negative reviews. Do they offer solutions? Or do they ignore or disagree with those reviews?
The Programme for the Endorsement Forest Certification (PEFC) identifies forests that are using sustainable practices to provide wood, which informs businesses wanting to commit to ethical supply chains. If this is important to you, you should consider where the decking contractor gets their materials from and if they sell PEFC-certified products. This information might be located on their website or you may have to ask.
Always ask for a free quotation
Once you have narrowed down your search it’s time to ask for a free quotation. Be cautious of any company not willing to provide a free quote for the full scope of work as they should be 100% transparent about the potential costs. Moreover, take note of whether the quote is fixed or if it can increase depending on a change of circumstances.
The cost of decking can vary considerably based on the type of materials used, the size of your decking, and the additional features such as lights, stairs and posts. You should also ensure that the quote includes installation services.
Decking contractor in Kent
N J Apps is an established and ethical decking contractor and installation company predominantly serving clients in Kent and the South East. We offer a wide selection of decking styles that can be made bespoke to your garden, balcony or roof terrace.
Ask your questions and receive a free decking quote from our team today. We can provide a quote for all of the work including decking installation with no hidden costs. Request a callback now to find out more.
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