Nowadays more and more people are doing domestic work for themselves. DIY is a popular and growing hobby and, in a time of economic hardship, many people might think that it might be an attractive option, simply in order to save money for themselves. Perhaps you fancy yourself a dab hand with the tools and resent having to pay a middle-man for work you think you can undertake yourself. Whilst we wouldn’t categorically state that you shouldn’t do this – after all it all depends on the individual – we would like to point out why it might not be the great idea that you think it is.
First off there is the money-issue, perhaps one of the main reason that people decide to carry out Fencing and Decking work for themselves in the first place. It is true that if you carry out a job yourself you could save money, but think about why we pay professionals in the first place: experience. They will be able to anticipate – and avoid- many pitfalls that a novice will probably be unaware of and will be able to complete the job in a fraction of the time that a part-time DIY’er could.
In addition any savings that you dedicate to the project can easily get swallowed up if you end picking the wrong material or you end up damaging it during work and have to buy more. Wood can be an unforgiving medium, if you don't know exactly what you are doing with it and, depending on the materials you decide to use for your project and the complexity of it you can quickly eat into any money set aside for the purpose if you lack experience.
A Professional Decking and Fencing Contractor will not only ensure that your project is realistic and achievable but will take upon themselves the responsibility of correctly working with the materials, ensuring that you don't end up paying extra money due to damaged wood or poor technique
Ultimately it is up to you whether you decide to take on a project yourself or have a professional do it for you. Before you make the choice, however you should honestly evaluate your own skills and budget. If you are confident in your own abilities and have the money to spare then by all means have a go at it yourself!
If you still have any doubts or if the article has convinced you and would like to find a professional to do the work for then why not get in touch. Leeds Fencing and Decking would be more than happy to talk to you. Contact us Today to get a quote on your job or to discuss a project you are thinking of carrying out!
It might seem that choosing the right type of fencing or decking for your home improvement project would be easy: wood's wood, right? However once you scratch the surface(no pun intended!) you will quickly find that there are a wide variety of different raw materials to work with, each presenting their own particular advantages and downsides.
From the rich, ancient appearance of hardwood to the most modern Composite alternatives there are an almost infinite variety of options to choose from.
As with anything else in life there really is no wrong answer as to which alternative you should choose. It all depends on your personal preference, budget and project needs.
From a cost point of view, a good rule of thumb is that Softwood will tend to be on the cheaper end whilst Hardwood and Composite usually cost more.
From a maintenance point of view Composite is the clear winner - it is designed to be easy to maintain and it will take very little of your time to keep it looking fresh and new.
Softwood is very flexible and easy to work with and - as mentioned before - tends to be the cheapest alternative.
Ultimately your best option is to decide upon the general project you want to undertake, have a think about your budget and maybe take a look at the various options from an aesthetic point of view – perhaps a particular type of wood just “jumps out” at you!
Then, its really best to contact a professional to help advise you further and to help you turn your project into a reality.
At Leeds Decking and Fencing we are expert in picking out the right materials to deliver the project that you want. We can help you with all stages of your project and are committed to delivering work on time and to our customer’s desires. Why not Contact us Today to learn more!