spruce up YOUR DECK
Give it an update in time for the party season
if your deck and pergola are looking a bit worse for wear, don’t chuck out the lot and start from scratch. If the structure’s in pretty good nick you can simply update! Replacing the decking and pergola roofing will give your place a much-needed lift and bring your outdoor entertaining space in to the 21st century.
PROJECT 1 - REPLACING A PERGOLA ROOF Gather your supplies
Suntuf Sunlite 10mm polycarbonate sheeting in Solar Grey Joining strips, rubber gaskets and end capping to suit polycarbonate roofing system.
You’ll also need
Drill; sandpaper; sugar soap; rust converter; metal primer; Dulux Weathershield exterior acrylic in Teahouse; painting equipment; jigsaw fitted with plastic cutting blade; 50mm roofing screws for metal; rubber mallet; spray bottle. NOTE When using power tools, wear all the safety gear required and refer to your product instructions.
STEP 1 (See over page) Unscrew and remove old roof sheeting. Retain any flashing that is waterproofing the old roof where it meets the house.
STEP 2 As it’s easier, prepare and paint pergola frame prior to fitting roof sheeting. For a metal pergola, as here, lightly sand and clean off any dirt with sugar soap.
1 Don’t just improve
the look, also reduce the maintenance. Composite decking is made from recycled plastics and timber, and is virtually maintenance free.
2 Use your deck makeover
as a catalyst to change the whole look of your home. Paint the walls in a colour to complement your new materials. Keep the theme going (and save money, too) by painting your old pots in the same colour to tie the whole scheme together.
3 Your renovated deck
isn’t just for play! Set up a recycled side table in a corner for a really handy potting bench. Divide your succulents and re-pot them to expand your garden.
Ligularia dentata ‘Du Rozzen’ Aeonium