Decks & Patios
Decks & Patios
When you decide to add a patio or deck to your home or office, or give your patio or deck a face lift, you cannot underestimate the value of planning.
As an extension of your house/business, a patio can give you all the comforts of indoor living out-of-doors as part of your garden and it will become a favorite entertaining and sitting area for at least part of the year.
Given proper planning, it can also make interior rooms seem more spacious and provide a gracious architectural transition between house and garden.
Although the classic patio is the open inner court of a Spanish-style house, by common usage the word patio is now used to refer to any outdoor sitting or entertaining area, whether it be a wood deck, brick terrace, lanai, detached garden room, atrium or gazebo.
Whichever kind of patio you choose for your situation, allow yourself plenty of time to plan it carefully. Your patio is what you make it, and thoughtful planning will pay generous rewards as well as protect you from costly mistakes.
Decro is only too willing to help you in achieving the desired outdoor patio and decking by providing you with a plan, costing and building the patio or decking within the strictures of your municipal regulations.
Structural Elements & Finishing Touches
Choices in paving, patio roofs & decorative features
When you start planning your outdoor room from scratch, you will soon be faced with the enormous variety of patio paving materials, overheads, privacy screens, climate modifiers, lighting fixtures, furnishings and decorative accents that call for your consideration.
Some of these design elements will fall naturally into your patio plan, others won’t fit at all. If you keep things simple and plan with your special tastes and needs in mind, you should be able to develop a workable scheme.
If you realise too, that the way you combine the elements is just as important as the ones you choose, you’ll have taken a big step toward creating an outdoor room with the warmth, charm and individual style.
At Decro you will receive assistance and we shall incorporate and adapt to any design you wish to ensure that the overall effect will enhance aesthetics and complement your home.
Weather & Micro Climates
When planning outdoor areas such as Patio’s, Braai Areas, Gezebos, one always has to consider 2 factors:-
- the path of the sun over your house and
- the prevailing wind direction that will govern the warmth or coolness of your outdoor area.
If you know what to expect from the weather around you, you can plan a patio that will be enjoyable over a longer outdoor season.
Decro, with over 35 years experience in Landscaping, Property Maintenance and Design can assist you in making the correct choice of materials such as screening against wind and if you wish to have a roof or shade, applying our knowledge of the various roofing material for such an area.
When conditions are difficult, Decro can assist in creating a micro climate to ensure that the area is protected from the majority of weather elements.
A well-known (and well-loved) timber in South Africa is Rhodesian Teak. It has excellent wear resistance and is very durable, making it the perfect choice for decked areas (or internal flooring) with high traffic areas
Choose wood carefully: Untreated wood decks are generally the cheapest to install, but don’t forget long-term costs. Wood decks require yearly maintenance and deteriorate quickly if they don’t get it.
Treated pine: this is the cheapest option. It’s easy to work with and can be stained or painted. Hardwood timber:- Hard wood timber decking is more expensive than treated pine, but some hardwood decking costs less than others.
As with all of our renovating or upgrading projects, we provide a warranty/guarantee on any repair work should you require our services to repair or upgrade any outdoor or indoor patio or deck.
All materials have their pros & cons i.e. price, expected lifetime, durability, maintenance intervals and aesthetics.
Factors to consider would be inherent tendencies to warp, split or crack, mildew rot, insect damage etc.
Pressure treated wood in general lasts longer than wood that is not pressure treated and is more expensive. You can’t, of course, pressure treat it yourself. However, which ever you select, all wood needs to be sealed, stained/painted to ensure the wood is ready to take on harsh external weather.
Talk to us
Have any questions? We are always open to talk about your new projects, creative opportunities and how we can help you.