What do I mean by craftsmanship in deck building?
Well, I never use nails of any sort. All fixings are either screws or bolts. All deck planking is fully screwed which means that, if at some time in the future, a plank needs to be removed for any reason (for example to facilitate wiring for lights, or plumbing for a water feature), this can be achieved without damage.
Of course the deck has to be the right size and shape, but it also has to be flat. At the same time it should incorporate a slight fall for drainage. It also has to be at the right height, for example where the top surface has to be flush with a door sill of swimming pool edging. None of this is easy when you consider that timber is a natural product and therefore prone to warping and twisting, especially when subjected to the elements.
Here are a couple of extracts from e-mails sent to me by customers. You can read the full testimonials and link to view their decks on the testimonials page.
“I rushed down in my heels, covered them in mud, and was THRILLED with the steps. We were saying to each other we are just amazed at your cutting in……..” Lisa
“Just a note to thank you, you really are a craftsman…….” Tim Harvey, JP, CFE
For handrails, Newel posts are also notched and bolted. Balustrades and spindles are secured with no visible fixings and the lower rail can be raised if preferred. Here is what I mean.
The deck planking can be laid at any angle, providing the grooves are not at right angles to the direction of drainage, and is often fitted around existing, irregular shaped, structures. It is often necessary to cut the planking to fit close to, but not touching, existing walls. Here is an example.
Water features and sunken planters can also be accommodated, something like this perhaps.