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Decking

Decking in Portugal is different

It can be a very attractive addition to your home making stunning pool side areas, flooring in a garden sun shade or outside dining area.

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decking in Portugal

Why is it different ?
Apart from the fact that here we have access to fantastic hardwood decking from the forests of Brazil and Guyana.

We also have treated softwoods and a whole range of man made products from recycled materials to plastics, rubber and aluminum.

The real difference is the huge thermal and humidity changes that any decking has to cope with in Portugal.
Here are the enemies of any decked area in Portugal – Sunshine, Cold and Humidity/Rain
Sunshine

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Old decking in Portugal

Firstly the UV (ultraviolet light) in the sunshine will fade anything that is left out in it.

Decking takes the full force of the sun.

When the sun shines it heats the decking so much that you cannot bear to walk on it.

The extreme heat makes the fibers of the decking contract which causes buckling and warping of the boards which in turn can snap ever the toughest stainless steel fixings.

As most decks are laid without high quality fixings they become a mess very quickly.
Some man made or recycled products can be unsuitable for bare feet in the summer.
Cold
Has many of the problems associated with high temperatures and sunshine. But when they are constantly heating and cooling the maximum amount of stress is applied to the decking.
Take for example a deck that is laid half under permanent shade and the other half in full sun. The stress on the timbers will be immense and an alternative product or specialist decking installer should be used.

Humidity/rain

Decking which is laid without proper drainage will usually fail fastest. It will also encourage the growth of algae and lichen on the boards which can be very slippery to walk on.
If the deck has been fixed with steel screws or a mixture of steel and aluminum fasteners then the humidity can lead to rapid failing of the fastening systems and loose, boards that rattle when you walk on them or boards which lift up at the ends making it unsafe to walk on the deck.

Portugal may throw lots of problems at an outside decking area but they can be avoided if the right supporting structure, board material, fixings and drainage is used.
Ask Castelo Construction for advice on your Portuguese decking project.

About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. We have 12 years’ experience of working with and delighting clients in Portugal. Tel 00351 927168247 or kelvin@casteloconstruction.com If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates, fixed prices and carry out your work to a very high standard. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property It’s exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients, this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller than they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist subcontractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed. Central Portugal builders