today we carried out a garden decking price survey. We asked some tradesmen on our website to give us some tips for installing decking and the prices involved. Here are some replies we got below:-
Tony from Wexford: Hard wood the only way to go Cedar my preference with wooden rails.
Pawel from Wicklow: I’m using pressure treated wood. It is the cheapest and best option when it comes to wood. Artificial deck is more expensive and still stacked on wooden beams. Wooden deck works out at 113 euro per square metre. You would use railings depending at the location, wooden railings are cheaper than other alternatives.
Dimitry from Cavan: We normally get the boards for €13 – €38 each depending on softwood or hardwood. We charge people on daily basis for fitting the decking, this works out around €145 per day. We normally use iron railings, we have also used glass fitted between metal uprights.
Con from Dublin: The biggest thing i find with decking is the ribbed / channeled so called non slip surface. In my experience I have found that water / moisture sits
in these channels and not only makes the deck slippier but also contributes
to premature rotting. I prefer to fix the decking planks flat side up.
Robert from Wexford: I recommend a hardwood or a composite material with stainless steel glass combo for rails but it is all a lot more money! For the cheapest it would be 40e per m.sq and most expensive =100e per m.sq supply and fit which is for the decking. Railings will go from simple softwood to hardwood, glass, s/steel, composite or maybe Hessian rope can be nice. Prices vary from 34e per m to 340e supplied and fitted.
Dave from Wicklow: I use traditional grooved decking, it’s deal pressure treated,as joists are too. It’s a 4-8 metre length, about 10e a length. Chadwicks Hardwood is much more expensive and if not maintained properly it turns grey. Same with railings all deal pressure treated 4×4 posts n 2×2 spindles, handrail, base plate etc. You can also go for glass and chrome railings but they are a lot more expensive. An example price would be 12ft x 16ft treated deck and handrails €1,500. A lot depends on how much handrail, spindles etc. is it raised if so how many steps etc.
Jimmy from Dublin: I’d always use treated timber decking with treated timber railings, and using proper screws, never nails. Number one recommendation for anyone getting a deck installed would be to maintain it well and often. Otherwise you’re wasting your time and money.
Paul from Meath: Green treated decking is pressure treated and the best decking to use. Iron railings are more durable and better to look at, however more expensive that timber.
Alan from Dublin: Prices vary greatly depending on type of materials used and site preparation required but €9 per square foot would be a good average for treated softwood deck and railings. For example a 12ft x 12ft deck would cost €1,300.
Here are some photos of decking ideas below:-
The picture below shows garden decking with a white wooden railing and decorative potted plants which provides a nice contrast.
The first picture shows a grooved floor board which helps prevent people slipping, especially when the boards are wet.
The picture below has seating arranged around the boundary of the decking which is a great way of creating a boundary or an enclosed area using seating instead of a railing. Note the position of the lighting also.
The picture below shows a glass railing instead of a traditional wooden railing. The advantage of this is that it gives more visibility into the garden, especially where the decking is elevated above the garden
I have included the picture below to show how you can use a stone wall as a boundary instead of a railing. Note also, the wooden step at the side.
Well at least we can dream about this one!!
I hope this helps some of you who are interested in putting garden decking in your garden and hopefully it has given you some ideas as well. If you do decide to go ahead with your garden decking job you can get a number of quotes from rated tradesmen by posting your job in our garden/landscaping section here
If you have any other comments or suggestions please feel free to comment below
12th June 2015
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