Experts reveal the 7 decking mistakes and how to avoid them

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Experts reveal the 7 decking mistakes and how to avoid them


To avoid making these disastrous decorating mistakes, you need to be careful with your approach, especially if you’re trying to save some money with decorating.

Decorating your backyard with a stable foundation is a great way to complete your exterior plans. Whether your deck idea is big or small, due diligence is an essential part of the process. From purchasing planks to deciding what space to cover, pest control, and future protection of outdoor floors, there are some important considerations to consider if you’re considering trying this garden project.

So we’ve spoken to the experts to find out what not to do…

1. The reverse side of your installation is facing up

Backyard area with deck surface and two garden chairs

(Image credit: Meghan Taylor)

Think the textured side at the top is “fashionable”?

While it is generally accepted that decks should be laid with the groove side up, it is actually more effective to leave the smooth side exposed. This is because the grooves promote air circulation under the deck, preventing it from rotting. By having the ridges up you don’t really gain extra grip, they make cleaning the deck more difficult.

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