Instructions for wooden terrace

Step by step: How to build a wooden terrace

Building your own wooden deck can be a rewarding project that not only increases the value of your home, but also provides a wonderful place for relaxation and social gatherings. In this comprehensive guide, based on the expert knowledge of Betterwood and the technical rules of terrace construction, we will guide you through every step of this process.

1. Planning and design

  • Determination of needs: Think about how you want to use your terrace. Do you need a dining area, a lounge area or space for a barbecue? Are there inspection hatches that need to be provided? terrace calculator from Betterwood you can create a first material calculation. If you already have the dimensions of the intended area, you can use the terrace planner from Betterwood also create an offer with installation plan.
  • Selection of wood: Different types of wood such as teak, cumaru or garapa each have their own characteristics. Consider factors such as weather resistance, maintenance requirements and aesthetics. With the Decision support from Betterwood for a type of wood, the choice becomes easier.
  • Design and layout: Plan the size and shape of your terrace. Think about elements such as Stairs and steps, railings and possibly integrated seating.

2. material procurement

  • Quality control: When purchasing materials, pay attention to quality seals and proof of origin.
  • Accessories and tools: In addition to wooden floorboards, you will also need screws, fastening material, tools and possibly a substructure. In our guide, we have provided you with a Requirements list for your convenience.

3. Preparation of the substrate

  • Leveling and compacting: The ground must be level and solid. Remove grass and do not loosen the soil. But make sure there is good drainage. You can find out how to build on which ground in our Guide to substrates.
  • Substructure: A stable substructure is crucial for the longevity of your terrace. Use Substructure wood, which has the same durability as the covering.

4. Laying the floorboards

  • Correct installation: A wooden terrace should be well ventilated so that it can dry out properly at any time and is not permanently damp. The following are therefore crucial for the longevity of the terrace: Construction height of the terrace, joint spacing between the planks and distances to solid building structures as well as additional ventilation for cladding.
  • Attachment: Use rust-proof screws and ensure a clean and secure connection to the substructure and a maximum screw spacing of 50 cm for hardwood. Otherwise the risk of loss is too high. Visible or concealed screwing is possible. Our Comparison makes the decision easier.
  • Avoid those typical errors when building terraces.

5. Surface treatment and care

  • Protective treatment: To prevent cracks and loss of color, oil the planks. The cut edges should be treated with end edge wax to protect against end cracks.
  • Regular maintenance: Clean After the winter, regularly clean your terrace with a terrace cleaner to prevent slipperiness and dirt and freshen up the boards with terrace oil if you don't want the wood to turn grey.

6. Safety aspects and legal provisions

  • Building regulations: Find out about local building regulations and permits. Rules vary from state to state
  • Safety: Make sure that all structural elements are stable and safe, that span widths are maintained and that the bolting is carried out according to the rules.

Terrace guide and personal advice

Building a wooden terrace requires careful planning and execution. Even the best planning cannot foresee everything: house walls are rarely completely straight, decking boards can swell and shrink by up to +/-3mm and sometimes a small detail is not considered on site and only becomes apparent during construction. Every terrace construction can present unforeseen challenges and requires the ability to improvise on site. We are also happy to advise you during construction.
 
With the right materials, tools and this guide, you can create a durable and attractive wooden deck that will bring you and your family years of enjoyment. For more detailed information and specific advice, please see our Betterwood-Terrace guide or our online consultation. If you would like a personal consultation, give us a call and we will be happy to help you!

from 6,80 

Teak decking, FSC 100%
Price from: €130 per m2, resistance class: 1

Advantages: ✓ Best durability and dimensional stability ✓ Lowest risk of cracks and splinters

Disadvantages: ✗ relatively expensive ✗ not very long boards

Tip: Lay decking boards together.

from 9,80 

Garapa decking boards, FSC 100%
Price from: €65 per m2, resistance class: 1-2

Advantages: ✓ smooth surface ✓ homogeneous, light color

Disadvantages: ✗ Substances containing iron lead to discoloration ✗ Unscrewed tends to warp

Tip: Patio cleaning removes discoloration and
Professional interim storage avoids delay.

from 9,10 

Jatoba decking, FSC 100%
Price from: €65 per m2, resistance class: 1-2

Advantages: ✓ smooth surface ✓ strong color and grain

Disadvantages:✗ unoiled tendency to crack ✗ colored ingredients wash out

Tip: Clean and oil decking boards after installation.

from 11,50 

Cumaru decking, FSC 100%
Price from: €70 per m2, resistance class: 1

Advantages: ✓ best durability ✓ particularly robust and scratch-resistant

Disadvantages: ✗ partly rough surface ✗ high power development

Tip: Sand the floorboards after they have been exposed to the weather for the first time.

14,95 

excl. Shipping

from 24,95 

excl. Shipping

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