When to Install Composite Decking
Summer is, without a doubt, the best time of the year to enjoy an outdoor deck. It is the perfect place for entertaining, cooking and relaxing outside. It comes as no surprise that this is when the majority of people are enquiring about building a new deck.
- Composite decking does not require excessive preparation, sealing and winterization.
- Composite decking does not warp or split due to cold temperatures.
- Composite decking does not rot or soften from excess moisture, snow or ice.
- Manticore Plastic Lumber is simpler to install in cooler temperatures.
An important factor to consider when installing in the colder months is the thermal expansion gap between decking boards. As warmer temperatures roll around the boards will expand and if there is not enough space left between them, they will buckle. Refer to our decking installation guide for the correct expansion gap measurements.
- Secure off-season discounts on design and installation.
- Minimise construction noise as you'll have your windows and doors closed due to the cold.
- If you have children they will be playing indoors (away from the wet and the cold) and away from the work site.
- If you are replacing an old deck, winter is the perfect time to rip it up as you're unlikely to be using it anyway.
Building a garden deck can be a significant investment that can raise the value of your property. But, you don’t want a bare deck! Building decking in the colder months gives you time to offset the purchase of garden furniture, which can come at a later stage.
Protect Your Garden
Enjoy Your Deck Sooner
Keep in mind that harsh weather or storms may cause a hold up in your decking project. Unexpected snow and ice are likely to stymie development. But, unless you live in a harsh winter environment you shouldn't be too delayed. Knowing when people are shopping for the same goods or service is the key to avoiding the frustration that sometimes comes with scheduling a busy summer installation period... and making a concerted effort to buy well ahead of, or well after, this time.