Decking - Staying ahead of the curve

Decking - Staying ahead of the curve

08 Mar 2024

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This informal CPD article, ‘Decking - Staying ahead of the curve‘, was provided by Arbor Forest Products, one of the largest independent timber importing businesses in the UK, providing outstanding service and distribution to merchants.

As spring approaches, homeowners are beginning to consider how they can make the most of their outdoor spaces. Decking remains a popular way of elevating outdoor areas to be enjoyed not only through the sunnier months, but year-round with the right design elements.

Many homeowners will see the installation of a decking area as the ideal opportunity to create an outdoor space that looks great, and will therefore be considering the latest trends and looking to their chosen installer to advise on which of these will stand the test of time, as well as work best with the existing space.

With so many styles and finishes to consider, one design option in particular can be easy to overlook: curved decking. While curved decking is growing in popularity, it hasn’t yet reached the mainstream of deck design – meaning that homeowners who choose this option can enjoy an eye-catching outdoor space.

Here’s everything installers, landscapers and specifiers need to know about curved decking.

Why choose curved decking?

Firstly, because curved decking isn’t yet a major design trend, it creates a unique overall space guaranteed to impress users. Curved edges create a softer effect that appears to flow more seamlessly with the rest of the landscape, and is likely to also create a focal point and added visual interest. When installed correctly, a curved deck can achieve the ideal balance of a contemporary yet classic appearance that is not only ahead of the trends curve, but will remain in favour for many years to come.

But beyond looking impressive, curved decking can also provide a practical design solution. Creating curved edges allows decks to be installed in and around existing features that may otherwise present a challenge, such as a central tree or wraparound terrace.

Does it work with any decking material?

While timber and composite decking can both technically be used to create a curved deck, more challenges are likely to be encountered when timber is chosen. Curving timber boards can be more time-consuming as well as costly, and the end result may not be as expected. 

It is therefore recommended to choose composite decking boards when curved edges are part of the design. Composite decking lends itself more naturally to curving, as its boards are thinner and more flexible, allowing for a cleaner finish. However, it’s important to note that the use of quality composite decking boards is key to client satisfaction, ensuring structural integrity and durability as well as an aesthetically-pleasing result.

What’s the process? 

The overall success of installing a curved deck depends on the installation process, and planning is key. Before curving the boards and installing the deck, it’s important to create a detailed plan that includes timings, additional labour costs, dimensions and specific design features. Building a robust substructure is also vital, and this lays a template for installing the decking boards where the curve can be followed.

Once the subframe is complete, it’s time to curve the boards. Heat is useful in easing the process of bending decking boards, and products have been specially designed for this purpose.

Where a product like this isn’t available, other sources of heat can be used to soften the boards and make them easier to bend – although it’s important to get the temperature just right to avoid any damage. Alternatively, a circular saw can be used without heat to curve the edges of the boards, and fascia boards are a useful addition for creating a smooth outer curve.

However you choose to curve boards, this sleek design option is a great way to get creative with a decking project that is guaranteed to make a lasting impression.

We hope this article was helpful. For more information from Arbor Forest Products, please visit their CPD Member Directory page. Alternatively, you can go to the CPD Industry Hubs for more articles, courses and events relevant to your Continuing Professional Development requirements.



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