Originally, these were small round lights, fitting into wooden decking, by drilling through a small hole, and pushed in, to give a small light in the surface of the decking. Although they are not impressive during the day, at night they give a delightful effect. They can be stood on, last a very long time, and use very little electricity. They are operated from (usually) a 12V supply, plugged into the mains.
Next, I added a 2 x 12 plank vertically at each end of the beams to connect them all together and also hold them apart in the six-foot, four inch width that I needed. Hand rail posts made of four by fours will reduce the width to an even six foot wide when installed. Before you start installing any decking, install two pieces of lumber, one by three inches wide or larger in an X pattern under the bottom of the beams. Crisscross them in the center by nailing the ends and the center point to the underside of the beams. These pieces will prevent the beams from “rolling over” as time passes and will hold them nice and straight vertically. These pieces must be pressure treated.
Since I composite decking have a battery operated sander and five inch skill saw I took the time to cut a slight bevel on the top of the handrail and then ran some sandpaper over it. This helps water shedding and makes the rail a little more comfortable to hold or lean on and stare at the steam below.
The first point in support of this decking will be its lovely visual appeal. The secondary positive point is an incredibly compact form of solid wood. The third supporting point is going to be probably the most long lasting wooden material. The 4th point in support of this decking is going to be that it has a particular coloring with glowing specks.
Backyard landscaping. What about a complete landscape of your garden? My advice would be to get a garden designer in who can advise on the complete picture. Consider trees and plants in your backyard. Landscaping, or a new lawn will provide a more dramatic transformation.
When exposed to extreme heat and cold for a long time, wood has the tendency to crack and get deformed. And that will be aesthetically damaging to a deck. Vinyl decking, on the other hand, is made from highly durable synthetic materials that are proven to withstand long exposure to extreme heat and cold. Vinyl decks not crack or get deformed.
A garden deck is a stunning addition to the backyard. It allows you to sit outside and enjoy the sun and stars with out worrying about stepping upon stones or even getting your feet wet due to a large amount of dew on the grass. The only real question ought to be how you want to go about having the decking installed – with a contractor or on your own.