Question - What are sleepers for decking?

Answered by: Earl Wood  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 16-06-2022  |  Views: 1326  |  Total Questions: 8

Sleepers are placed between the deck surface and the ground or slab below it. A set of sleepers supports the decking and allows moisture and air to flow below it. Decking laid directly over packed soil will rot quickly, and wood laid over concrete rots, as well, when moisture is trapped between the two materials. It's possible to build a decking area using railway sleepers for the surface itself, but you will come up against a number of challenges. However, you can change the texture of your sleepers yourself, which will allow you to keep your decking safe and slip-resistant. Term. Definition. Sleeper. Usually, a wood member embedded in concrete, as in a floor, that serves to support and to fasten the subfloor or flooring. Introduction: Building a Wooden Deck Over a Concrete One The obvious solution, to us, was to replace it with a wooden one. Wood is by far warmer and better looking than concrete, and if you maintain it properly it can easily last a couple of decades before you need to start replacing a piece here or there. You can also place the sleepers directly on the soil but you might have issues with water pooling around the edges, causing the wood to rot quicker. If you decide to lay them directly on soil, put down a waterproof plastic membrane first to reduce contact with moisture.

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Wood Preserver Wood preservative treatments provide garden sleepers with protective properties that help prevent rot, mould and fungal growth, as well as help to form a defence against the elements. It is best to apply a wood preservative before installation of your sleeper, so that you can paint all sides.

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Over time, most treated lumber will shrink slightly across its width as it dries out. Take this small amount of shrinkage into account when laying decking or fence boards.

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It should be noted that timber sleepers can become quite slippery when damp. While this may detract from the finished appearance of the sleepers, it's better than having an accident, and should be used wherever there are children, the infirm or the elderly.

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Measure your sleepers and dig deep enough so that the sleeper is mostly submerged with 25mm above ground level. Pour 25mm of sand into each hole and tamp it down. Slowly place a sleeper into each hole, using a sledge hammer to tap it down and level it out.

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Building an 8-by-10-Foot Floating Deck Floating decks can be set directly on the ground or, preferably, a bed of gravel. But it's best to support the deck on concrete blocks. This keeps the wood off the ground and away from moisture so the wood stays drier and lasts longer.

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Step 1: Create your deck plan! Step 2: Place the deck footings. Step 3: Cut and lay your joists. Step 4: Re-bury those deck piers. Step 5: Prep your deck wood. Step 6: Waterproof the bottom of your deck planks. Step 7: Lay your decking planks. Step 8: Add end-caps.

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forming tubes Step 1: Lay Out Footings and Attach the Ledger Board. Step 2: Dig Holes for Footings and Set in Concrete. Step 3: Plumb and Brace the Posts. Step 4: Build Beams on Top of Posts. Step 5: Install the Joists. Step 6: Install the Decking. Step 7: Locate Footings for Stair Landings and Set in Concrete.

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Building a deck is not as hard as you might think, and if you follow some basic guidelines it can be a great DIY project. Decks are built to add living space to a home and every one of them should be built nice and level.