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Why book a decking fitter service through Airtasker?

A new deck can increase your home’s value significantly, so don’t waste time asking around for referrals. Booking this service via Airtasker is fast and convenient because you can find an expert to construct and install your decking within a matter of minutes. Go ahead and use our platform to find someone to help you maximise your outdoor living space - you don’t even have to leave your home to do it.

Make a post on Airtasker with all the essential details like the type of decking you want installed, your location, budget and schedule. Interested Taskers will reply with a free quote. You can hire some of the best Taskers, but you don’t have to base your choice on their rates alone.

Browse their ratings and reviews to pick the one most suited for the job. Once you’ve hired a Tasker, they go to you to do the job; then you pay afterwards. Within a day or two, you get to enjoy a new deck and outdoor space, so what are you waiting for? Use the pink button now!

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Top Decking Fitters related questions

Do I need to provide my tools or equipment for my decking fitting service?

No, not in most cases. The decking fitters you can book on Airtasker already have the necessary tools and equipment ready, along with skills honed from years of experience and practice. What you should supply are the raw materials, such as timber joists and planks. You can also provide your prefabricated decking kit for them to install if you like.

How long does it take to do my decking fitting?

This task can take at least a day to at most five days. The time it takes depends on the size of the decking and the complexity of the job. If your site is on soft ground, your decking fitter will have to lay down some concrete pads and allow these to dry, which can take a day or two - depending on ambient temperatures. Weather is also a factor; expect this to take more time in anything less than fair weather.

Can a Tasker also help me with my decking fitting business?

Yes. If you run a business that offers decking construction and installation services, you can hire Taskers to boost your staff. Don’t forget that you can employ Taskers to perform every decking installation step, from start to finish.

Can you install new decking over old decking?

No. This may sound like a cost-saving measure, but you could end up spending more money. Laying new decking over an old one will reduce the durability and lifespan of the entire structure. The planks and joists can have tiny differences in measurements that could create spaces to trap water in, causing algae, mould, and wood rot to set in. Installing new decking over an old one can also become a potential safety hazard.  

Composite decking or conventional wood decking - which is better?

It’s a matter of preference and how much you’re willing to pay in terms of which is better. Wood decking is less costly and easier to stain and repair but more challenging to maintain. Composite decking is more expensive, but its durability, ease of maintenance and appeal of mimicking authentic timber can make up for the cost. Choose the type of decking that appeals to you most in terms of your budget and maintenance.

Does wood decking attract rats?

No. If these critters appear on your property, it’s not due to new wood decking. Your garden or backyard has likely attracted rats because it features a food or water source for them. Check if your bird feeder spilt seeds and cover any rubbish bins. Rats are unlikely to make their nest and stay underneath wood decking. Should you need help with cleaning up your garden or need to get rid of pesky rats, you may book other Taskers for the job.

What do decking fitter services include?

Decking fitter services include all the necessary activities to install a deck in your backyard or garden. This can include measuring the installation area, preparing the installation site, and then proceeding with the installation. Your hired decking fitter can install most deck types on the market, whether it’s an attached or detached deck or even fitting composite decking. 

 

Acquiring permits for deck fitting

If you haven’t procured the proper permits for constructing and installing your deck, some decking fitters can get these for you as requested. They can get the permits from your local council before construction, follow building codes and your state’s safety standards. Your Tasker can ensure planning and constructing your deck complies with these laws.  

 

Site location and measurement

Your decking fitter can take measurements of the area you intend to place your deck or help you site an appropriate spot. They can use the necessary tools to make accurate measurements. If the decking installation clings to any exterior walls, they can ensure that the decking is spaced away from them. Your decking fitter also ensures that the decking won’t obstruct any drains or air vents for your basement. 

 

Site preparation

In cases where your decking is constructed over soft earth, your decking fitter can do some site preparation. You may have to pay extra depending on the complexity of this process. They can dig out some of the soil on the site, removing a consistent amount and depth of soil to ensure the excavation is level. 

 

After the excavation, they can lay down landscaping fabric and a layer of gravel. If the ground on the decking site is too soft, your decking fitters may instead lay down concrete pads, allow these to dry, then add a layer of gravel. 

 

Laying the foundation

Your decking fitter can proceed to lay the foundations of the decking. They can cut any timber as needed, then lay them on the site following the measurements. Your decking fitter can construct the right-sized frame for your deck, using and joining as many timber joists as necessary. 

 

They can add wood blocks to each load-bearing joint to reinforce them, then apply a wood treatment to prevent any insect infestation, mould or moisture that can rot the timbers. 

 

Attaching the planks 

After completing the frame and the wood treatment is dry, they can proceed to attach the planks. Decking fitters attach planks to the front beams to act as fascia boards, then lay down each plank on your deck. They can screw the planks to underlying joists for proper support and space them evenly.   

 

Finishing installation

Your decking fitter can ensure that the planks are cut to the perfect size. They can trim off the excess - such as when your decking has a diagonal section. Now that your decking is complete, you can hire a separate service to apply a protective layer in the colour of your choice. 

Recent Decking Fitters tasks

Decking fitting

£1,200

Alfreton, Derbyshire

20th Apr 2021

Looking for supply and fitting of decking 5m by 3.5m with railing