Decking and Skirting Advice
Decking is a great way to improve the appearance of your static caravan or holiday lodge. It can also provide a safe and secure area for children to play, for outdoor dining and can cover over unsightly areas beneath your unit.
Firstly, decking is a raised platform that extends your caravan pitch out to the grassed area in front of the van. This creates an area to place chairs on so you can sit outside in relative comfort without having to sit on the ground. It also provides an area for children to play as well as removing them from the grass/mud if it has been raining so they don’t get dirty or muddy.
A good quality decking platform will increase the value of your caravan, particularly if it is timber as opposed to plastic which does not look as good or wear as well. A decked area adds more than just extra space – it adds character and looks great too!
Decking can be built to any design and specification which makes it a versatile garden material. Building a raised deck over uneven ground will create more useful space for you to enjoy. Make your deck into a family room by adding a glass balustrade to create a windbreak or make it into an outdoor dining area with patio doors leading straight off the kitchen.
You can use decking as part of garden landscaping to create an attractive, well-designed space for you to enjoy all summer long.
With this sort of design, there’s no need for extra garden furniture as you can transform your deck into an all-weather seating area.
Decking is great for all kinds of outdoor uses, from serving as an entertainment area to providing a secure area for children and pets to play. Skirting meanwhile keeps the underside of your unit clean and tidy, as well as protecting it from the elements.
How much does decking cost?
One of the most common questions we’re asked is around decking costs. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, we can provide some general guidelines:
Basic decking – this will include the frame itself, treated timber with a pine finish and handrails. The average cost would be around £1,500. More luxurious options such as balustrades, steps and lighting add more value but will cost more.
DIY or professional installation?
Your choice here will depend on your budget (installing decking yourself is cheaper), but also on whether you have the required DIY skills to do so safely. While there are plenty of sources online for step-by-step instructions, if you don’t feel confident in your ability.
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