Timber decking: Professionals' manual

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The use of timber for external decking has a long history ranging from its use as medieval walkways in the fens, to the verandas, railways platforms, piers and jetties of the nineteenth century. In major timber growing areas of the world, such as North America and Scandinavia, wood was used for sidewalks in the cities and lasted for many years before eventually being replaced by paving.

This book covers a number of different topics relating to decking including, the advantages of using timber, timber's overall performance, and a list of span tables, all of which make this book the ultimate best practice guide to timber decking.


  • Uses of timber for decking
  • Pre-planning
  • Performance
  • Substructure
  • Deck boards
  • Superstructure
  • Construction
  • Finishing and maintenance
  • Appendix I: Timbers for decking
  • Appendix II: Span tables