FAQs - Decking

The team at Farmac have many years experience giving our customers expert advice on their fencing, decking and landscaping projects. When customers visit our shop in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, we are frequently asked questions which we feel would be of use to others. We hope the questions below will be helpful to you. If you have a particular question which is not answered, please contact us and we will do our best to help.


  • Of course it is possible for the DIY-er to tackle decking, although a fair degree of competence is required. If you are at all unsure it would be worth speaking to a decking contractor. There are a number of our customers that build decking and if you would like their contact details they are on our website or give us a call and we’ll put you in touch.

  • Of course you can. Timber decks can be customised to your own decorative or stylistic tastes.

    You could stain your deck to practically any colour you want and we keep a range of decking stains in stock. Whether you choose one of a range of natural wood colours - or in a bright fashion shades, there’s a colour to suit your tastes.

  • Timber decking differs from a conventional patio, most significantly due to elevation and general height of construction. For all but the most simple, low level deck, it would be worth checking with your local planning department that permission isn’t required.

  • Timber decking is highly durable because our slow grown softwood timber is pressure-treated for outdoor use. Modern preservative treatments mean that the timber, if maintained, should be structurally sound for around 25 years. However, to keep it looking good over such a time, it will need periodic cleaning and any finishes will need to be occasionally refreshed.

  • The price of a timber deck can vary enormously depending on the size and design etc. Give us a call and we'll try to give you an idea on cost.

  • Timber, like other flat surfaces can be slippery when wet, but there are things you can do to reduce the chance of anyone slipping and hurting themselves.

  • Freshly treated timber will have variations in colour. This is due to the relative proportions of heartwood and sapwood in a pack. Sapwood is more permeable and so takes up more preservative. This results in an initial variation of colour from green (sapwood) to beige (heartwood). Once built and exposed to the elements, the initial strength of colour fades to a warm, honey brown and in the long term will become a natural silver/grey.

  • A simple programme of routine care and maintenance will really enhance the long-term appearance and durability of your deck. All decks will benefit from a regular sweep with a good stiff broom and it would be a good idea to wash your deck down with a pressure washer a couple of times a year.  The aim of this is to remove dirt, dead leaves and any surface growths. This will also help to reduce slipperiness.

  • Timber decks are very flexible structures and can be located to suit you, your family and the property you live in.  

    Whether you want to place your deck in a sunny open space, have it as a separate garden island, combined balcony and veranda, or in an intimate, shady spot - it's up to you but to get the most from your deck, give plenty of thought to where you want to build it.  

  • Not at all! The redwood timber used in our decking comes from responsible producers who insist on proper management of their resources. This involves the conservation of forests through the use of sustainable forest management techniques and renewal through re-planting schemes.