Orientation and location of the terrace
So, you want to build a terrace. That's fine, but where should it go? This question also has to be clarified in advance before you start building your terrace. It is also important that you know beforehand what the main purpose of your terrace will be.
If you intend to have big barbecue parties often, ideally there should be direct access to the kitchen from the terrace so that you don't have to carry food and drink from one end of the house to the other.
A very important consideration is the orientation of the terrace to the sun. A south-facing terrace is ideal for sun worshippers who can enjoy the sun for the whole day. With a south-westerly direction you will especially enjoy the late morning sun and some of the evening sun. If the midday sun is too hot, your terrace should face west. This will enable you to spend the late afternoon and evening in pleasant, warm sunlight. If you enjoy eating breakfast on the terrace, east is the ideal direction. If you want to use your terrace to enjoy some shade during the hot summer months, you may want to consider building your terrace so that it faces north. It's best if you sit in your chosen location for a while to test it. This will also give you a good idea of the view you can enjoy from your future terrace.
Another tip: Try not to build your terrace directly beside trees, as this will increase the risk of mould or rotting on the decking.
The ideal size for your terrace
No matter what you intend using your terrace for – you don't want it to be too small. Family and guests should be able to move around the terrace and there should also be enough space for a dining table and chairs, a sunshade and your barbecue. If a lack of space means that you can only build a small terrace, you could consider whether to integrate it into the garden design and make optimum use of the available space. Normally, for four people and a barbecue you should reckon with an area of about 20 m2.
The right decking – different materials
You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to the decking. There are many different choices of material: these include timber, tiles, concrete and natural stone. Wooden decking has the advantage that it doesn't get too hot in the midday sun. Stone terraces, on the other hand, are extremely durable but can be slippery in winter. WPC terrace planks are especially practical. This wood-plastic composite is environmentally friendly, durable and easy to care for. For example, there is the patented Twinson material that is available for various terrace systems.
In addition to the type of material, the type of plank must also be considered in the planning. Specific systems are available for different requirements. For instance solid planks made from WPC are particularly good for round and curved shapes or pool sides, as they can be sawn just like wood. Extra wide planks are available for especially large areas. And particularly stable premium systems are very suitable for upmarket applications or applications in public areas.