Is your garden ready for its moment in the sun?

Tuesday 12th April 2022

Now is the perfect time of year to give your outside space the wow factor and make sure it’s looking its best for the sunny months ahead.

April is the time of year when many of us start thinking about sprucing up our gardens, patios and balconies so we can enjoy as much fun in the sun as possible over the summer.

At last, it’s goodbye winter and hello alfresco morning coffees and barbecues with family and friends.

Giving your outdoor space a little care and attention now will give your whole property a much-needed post-winter boost.

First impressions

Good kerb appeal is a chance to make a great first impression, welcoming family and friends when they visit and lifting your spirits every time you return home. Low-maintenance composite fencing and gates are the perfect option when it comes to keeping your property looking at its best.

Composite alternatives to traditional wood don’t require staining, painting and frequent repairs. Plus, the average lifespan of a well-maintained wooden fence or gate is around ten years, whereas a composite version will keep going and look in tip-top condition for at least 20. The material doesn’t warp or splinter, it’s fade, stain and scratch resistant, it comes in a selection of modern colours, and is near-impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

Making the outside ‘in’

In recent years, more and more of us have come to think of our back gardens as extensions of our homes, and decking has really come into its own. Decks now serve as places to cook and entertain, relax and read, and interior-design trends have found their way outside, too.

But after months of cold, damp weather, wooden decking can be slippery, blackened, faded, warped or marred by unsightly gaps. Many people open up their backdoors to discover issues like rot, mould, UV damage and buckling. We’ve had some pretty intense storms over the past year, too, which may have caused further damage.

Southern Sheeting’s composite decking comes into its own here, providing a practical solution with a high-end look and feel. With lots of colours to choose from, it’s easy to refresh your space in a way that complements your home and suits your individual taste, whether you prefer to stick with a traditional wood look, or go for a cutting-edge colour.

These days, many of us are looking for sustainable options, too, when it comes to home and garden upkeep. Our composite decking and fencing has excellent environmental credentials, being made from 95% reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. Plus, being longer-lasting, you don’t need to replace composite as often as you do wood.

Building your perfect space

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the demand for summerhouses and outbuildings for things like offices and gyms, for example. Whether constructing outbuildings or decking, Southern Sheeting’s ground screws can make the job significantly easier and quicker.

They make light work of creating secure foundations, removing the need for back-breaking digging and concrete pouring. Plus, ground screws can speed up the whole build because, unlike concrete foundations, they can be installed whatever the weather and can support a load immediately.

Ground screws are more environmentally sound, too. Where they are used to support temporary structures, they can be pulled up and reused; being made of steel they last a lifetime, unlike timber posts which rot and eventually need to be replaced, and the carbon emission count created in their manufacture is a fraction of that of concrete.

There are so many inspiring options when it comes to giving your outside space a summer makeover. A bit of upkeep now will ensure maximum enjoyment throughout the whole of the sunny season and beyond.