Building a composite decking is now simple and easy, with a lot of informative guides and reviews of decking on the internet. However, one of the few things that some may fail to mention is the materials around the deck, whether they’re trimming, framing or edging. How do you choose what type of deck edging to use? And why are they important?
How to Choose What to Put Around a Deck?
What type of edging depends on the types of deck you are building. Edging choices for ground-level decking may not be the best for elevated decks, and vice versa. So before choosing, you’ll have to consider whether it matches the type and aesthetics of your decking.
Finally, you can create different styles using various materials that you put around your deck. In the end, it’s only a matter of preferences. So now the question is, what type of material or edging should you use? Here are a few options that you can decide to pick.
What to Put Around Elevated Decks?
When creating elevated decks, the first thing you will need to remember is to provide some overhang space at the edge of the decking. Without it, you won’t have any place to install the edging or trimming for the deck. The same goes with the stairs, which benefits most in adding edging or trimming. You’ll also need to consider the space for railings and balusters if they’re part of your deck design.
For elevated decks, specifically, ones attached to your home, you may want to surround the decking with framing. For frames, many use picture-frame edging. As the name suggests, you will install decking boards on the outer edge of your deck to create a picture frame look. To create an accent, many people use boards for framing that are darker than the rest of the deck.
Another material that you will want to put around an elevated deck is rails. Not only will add to your deck’s aesthetic, but it can also provide a safer environment. Some building codes also require railings for decks reaching a certain height. As with framing, rails should be a part of your initial decking design. However, it’s possible to add them even after building the deck.
Lastly, you will want to surround your deck with fascia. Fascias are boards attached to the edge of your deck, covering the edges of the decking boards. Not only does it hide the edges, but it also protects them from damage. Because of this, you’ll need to use high-quality fascia boards. Composite decking boards are some of the best choices for this purpose.
Creating Edges for Ground-Level Decks
Edging for ground-level decks can slightly differ from elevated ones. For instance, railings may not be necessary for a deck built on ground-level. However, you may still use them if you like. But with elevated decks, you can go for picture-framing to create accents for your decking. As with elevated decks, you can choose a darker-coloured board for added aesthetics.
For ground decks, you will need to use higher-quality materials, because they will be exposed longer to moisture. Aside from that, you may also not be able to add fascia to the edge of the boards, leaving them exposed. Because of this, composite decking materials are some of the best choices. However, you can still protect them by using a different type of edging.
One of your choices is by surrounding the perimeter of your deck with stone bricks. By doing so, you can protect your deck from weed and grass, which can be a source of moulds and moisture damage. If you choose to do this, it can also serve as framing for your deck. You can skip picture-framing if you want.
Another way to edge your ground-level decking is by using gravel or similar stones. Like the bricks, it protects the deck from plants. It also helps the deck from water pooling by providing drainage. Similar to stone bricks, it can also add to your deck’s beauty.
Edging is Important
Edging is crucial, not only for a beautiful deck but also for a long-lasting one. There are many options that you can choose. For elevated decks, you can use composite decking boards for fascia. You may also need to add railings. For ground-level decks, stone bricks and gravel are excellent options.