If your decking boards have seen better days, here are some DIY tips on how you can replace them.
1. First up, select timber for outdoor use such as treated pine or hardwood
2. There are 2 ways to lay the timber, the right way and the wrong way -
the right way is smooth side up, rough side down. The little grooves aid drainage and help prevent the underside of the timber rotting out.
3. Take measurements to cut all the boards to. Cut the first timber to length and use it as the template for the other boards.
4. Then measure and cut a faceplate – this is the piece of timber that runs along the edge of the deck. Attach it to the front and bring the boards up level so it dresses the end grain of everything.
5. Pre-drill to prevent the timber from splitting and screw into place.
6. Get all the boards cut ready to be screwed up but first, space them with a 3mm packer. This is important as wood expands and contracts and if you don’t leave a gap the boards will buckle.
7. Nail the boards to the joists but use screws in the middle and at each end for extra strength.
8. Mark the centre of each joist at either end. Run a straight line through and use this as a guide for the placement of your screws, to get a neat even finish.
Once you’ve got your screws in, your deck is done!