Pergola beam decoration

- 6/15/2017 7:07:31 AM

These are a few of the beam end-profile options we offer. (see pic left)
Of course, if you don't see what you want, then you are welcome to send us a picture or a sketch of the profile you prefer.
Screw and dowel fastening method

- 6/13/2017 9:52:38 AM

This method utilizes 4x60mm nickel plated decking screws, countersunk below the deck surface and finished off with a timber dowel (or plug), which is then sanded to a flush finish (see pic to the left). The method has long been favored, as it offers the durability and rigidity of a screwed down deck, with very low visibility of the actual screws. The only downside is that after a few years the odd dowel may get dislodged. This is however a very easy process to repair, and simply requires a new dowel being glued into the hole
Stainless steel exposed screw fastening method

- 6/13/2017 9:51:54 AM

This method utilizes 4.5x60mm stainless steel screws, screwed down slightly below the deck surface, and left visible (see pic to the left). The stainless steel screws provide a stylish contrast to the timber decking, and it also greatly compliments other stainless steel finishes in your home such as balustrade etc. This method is also extremely rigid and durable, and has the added advantage of rendering the deck easy to disassemble if need be to access plumbing, drainage etc., as there are no timber dowels to remove.
Screw-down vs clip system

- 6/13/2017 9:50:26 AM

Screwing down decking involves the process of first marking the exact spot where the screw(s) will go, countersinking a 4x10mm hole in the plank, then screwing the plank down, and finally gluing a 10m...

CCA treated timber vs untreated

- 6/13/2017 9:48:35 AM

Simply put, a piece of untreated structural timber left outside in the elements will typically last about 1 year before rot sets in and termites and other insects start hollowing it out (this may happen far sooner given the environment). The same piece of timber if CCA treated will out last the other by 10 years with ease, which is why we only use CCA treated structural timber for exterior applications.
Why choose wood?

- 6/13/2017 9:46:56 AM

Wood has the perfect combination of style, comfort and strength, a combination that has kept it in fashion for centuries, and will for centuries to come! Nothing beats the comfort, warmth, and just plain beauty that a timber addition such as a pergola, deck or balustrade will add to your living space.
How do I maintain my pergola?

- 6/13/2017 9:45:44 AM

Pergolas are generally low maintenance, requiring re-coating once a year or so, if the pergola has sheeting installed on top. If it does not have sheeting, and is exposed to the elements, then you will need to recoat it every 6-9 months. The process is fairly simple, you will need to make sure the pergola is clean and dust free, give a very light hand-sanding (100 grit) to all the flat accessible timber surfaces, and then apply 2-3 coats of sealer / paint, allowing adequate drying time between coats.
How do I maintain my deck?

- 6/13/2017 9:43:57 AM

When we install your deck, we will apply 3 coats of sealer. You should apply another 2 coats within 2 months, where after you will need to repeat the procedure 2-3 times per year, depening on the circumstances ie. high traffic, full sun, etc. Sanding every time is not necessary, but we do recommend that you give the deck a light buffing with fine (100 grit) sandpaper. Next make sure the deck is 100% clean and dry, and then apply the oil using a brush to insure painting between the deck boards. Apply a minimum of 2, allowing adequate drying time between coats. Alternatively, we would be happy to perform your maintenance for you.
Will my project will be engineer compliant?

- 6/13/2017 9:42:49 AM

Yes. There are important rules and regulations governing how far we are allowed to span a beam given its dimensions for instance, or what distance joists can be apart. Threaded rod, not coach screws, screws, not nails, support placed underneath beams, not on side, etc. This is important from a safety aspect as well as insuring the lifespan of the structure. We pride ourselves in building all our projects to engineer specifications. With Designer Decks, you have complete peace of mind. We will happily supply you with an engineers certificate upon request
What about composite decking?

- 6/13/2017 9:26:57 AM

Composite decking requires very little maintenance, is available is a number of colors, and is quicker to install. There are however a few concerns you need to consider before going ahead with it, fir...