As well as creating an outdoor space to relax in, decking not only updates the look of a property but can also increase its market value. Decked areas provide usable, solid outdoor space.
Oak Decking Properties and Grades
Oak is a strong timber and can withstand a lot of wear making it ideal for high-traffic decking.
iWood’s Prime and Light Character grades of Oak decking are dried to drive out moisture. This greatly decreases movement, warping and swelling once the boards are installed.
Our Fresh Sawn grade has a higher moisture content which will generally decrease over time before settling. It’s important with Fresh Sawn boards that you plan for some shrinkage of the boards as the timber dries, making the gap between your decking boards marginally larger.
This decking is provided in random lengths between 2 and 4 metres. In line with iWood’s environmental policy, iWood’s oak decking is sourced from responsibly managed forests.
Protecting the Decking Boards
These decking boards are provided untreated. While Oak is a durable timber, decking should always be sealed with an off-the-shelf treatment to prevent moisture entering and swelling the boards.
You may also consider a treatment with an anti-fungal component to help stop the growth of moulds which could potentially become slippery as well as damage the timber. Have a look at our finishes page for who to contact for more information on treatments.
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Decking Safety Considerations
When wet, wooden surfaces can be slippery, which is why iWood provides its decking in ‘Reeded’ and ‘Anti-slip’ profiles that are designed to give extra grip underfoot. As mentioned above, applying an anti-fungal treatment can help prevent slippery moulds.
Further Considerations When Planning Your Deck
As food for thought you may want to consider the following points when planning on installing decking, especially if you have multiple potential locations:
- Will one location afford better protection from weather than another?
- Will one location provide more privacy than another?
- If you plan on hosting parties how far from the kitchen will your deck be?
- Will you need planning permission? If you’re installing to a listed building, have a 20m or closer line of sight to a highway or intend your decking to be 0.3m or above ground level you may need planning permission. You can easily check with your local planning authority (www.planningportal.gov.uk).
- Do you have a suitable foundation to install your decking onto?
- Consider how much of a gap to leave between your boards. You don’t want to be lifting decking boards to retrieve your car keys!
For in depth information about planning and installing decking, TRADA has a book available for purchase for £30, "Timber Decking: The Professionals' Manual 2nd edition"
Oak Decking Prices
iWood’s product code for Prime Quality Oak Decking is IW-7-32-1.
: £4.46 per metre (Fresh Sawn First Quality Grade, logged in for discount)
: iWood Timber Condition
: New, supplied to your requirements. Availability
: Available for order.
For inspiration, here's an introductory guide to building a deck that we found on YouTube:
What do our customers say?
Very detailed website for ordering my exact requirements easily.
- Richard Boundy
Pleased with the quality of oak and price, and very friendly and helpful staff when you collect. Thank you.
- Bryan Martin
We have used you before. Very happy with service and ease of ordering.
- Gerald Mummery
Had some oak from you before and was excellent quality.
- Derek Maslen
Dealt with before, very pleased.
- Robert James Richards
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Some commonly asked questions
Our timber is imported straight from sawmills on the continent. Our usual lead times are therefore 14 to 17 working days.
What are your delivery costs?
We calculate our delivery costs based on how far away you are from us, to get more information on this please check out our shipping costs page HERE.
Our delivery lorries visit different parts of the country on different days, so once your order is ready we will work with you to arrange a delivery day for when one of our lorries is in your area. We will always arrange the delivery day in advance with you.
We deliver weekdays Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 5pm. Our delivery vehicles will have multiple jobs on them which can affect the delivery time to you, depending on factors such as traffic and how long it takes to offload the previous jobs. The driver will call you in advance with an estimated time of arrival to make sure you'll be there.
Aside from delivery locations that are priced on application, your delivery will be provided with means of offloading from the truck. This may be by HIAB (lorry with a crane arm), or by supplied manpower. The method will be determined by the haulage company we use based on your location and available options at the time. Please note, both offload options will drop your order to the side of the lorry, they won't be able to carry it around the back of a property, for example.
For areas that are priced on application, by default, we will quote for delivery on a flat-bed lorry that you'll need to arrange to offload yourself. We can quote for offloading on request, but to these areas it's usually prohibitively expensive, and cheaper for you to hire a forklift, or arrange to have enough people on-site to offload.
How do I place an order for decking?
You can place your order online by working out your price above and adding your items to your shopping basket. You can then check out and your order will be processed securely and a confirmation email sent. Once your order arrives in our depot, we'll give you a call to arrange delivery.