Common decking mistakes and how to avoid them

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Knowing what the most frequently-made decking mistakes are will help to ensure that your new garden seating area delivers everything you hoped it would and more. 

Beautiful decking ideas can really bring another element to gardens of all shapes, sizes and styles. However, while installing decking is a job commonly successfully undertaken on a DIY basis, there are certain pitfalls it pays to be aware of if you want to dodge decking disaster. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.