Fitting composite decking can be done with ease once you have the right equipment. Without the correct tools, you will increase the installation time and difficulty costing you time and money. Rather than causing the whole process to be difficult and strenuous, you should aim for it to be smooth and straightforward – in order to do this, you need the right equipment.
Can I install composite decking myself?
If you are completely new to DIY and have no skill at all in relation to construction, we would definitely advise you to hire a decking installer. Although decking installers come with a price, trying to do it yourself and failing can result in an even bigger loss. If you feel confident with your DIY skills and have done similar things in the past, ensure to adhere to our installation guidelines, and you will be fine.
Composite decking installation tools
Power Mitre saw – Power mitre saws are designed to make angled cuts for moulding, trim work and other carpentry applications. The saws are excellent for making straight crosscuts. Once equipped with the right blade, the versatility of a power mitre saw is essential for professional decking installers as well as general DIY people. The power mitre saw is a real-time timesaver for construction projects and ensures that the cuts you are making are clean.
Power drill – A power drill is used for making holes or driving fasteners. They must be fitted with a drill bit. For our composite decking fasteners, you need a T15 drill bit. Hand-operated types are significantly decreasing in popularity, whereas cordless battery-powered ones are becoming more popular due to improved efficiency and ease of use.
Spirit level – This is a device consisting of a sealed glass tube partially filled with alcohol or another liquid. The tube contains an air bubble which will reveal whether a surface is perfectly level. You will use this when building the foundation and preparing the ground for installation.
Tape measure – This is a length of tape with markings for different intervals for measuring. You will obviously need this to measure the garden during the planning stage and also ensure you cut the materials to the correct size.