Assembling a wooden terrace on a stone terrace

If we don't like something, we change it, it's a human quality. So why not replace the stone terrace with a wooden terrace? It only takes a little manual skill.

Advantages of the wooden terrace

A wooden terrace is visually and haptically pleasant because the wood looks natural and is warm. Many people like the pleasant feeling of walking on wood. The material does not cool down as much as stone. A wooden terrace can be installed practically anywhere and at any height. And the material goes well with the patio furniture.

preparation

A wooden terrace requires a substructure. In order for it to sit well, it is important that the surface is firm. The stone terrace should not sag in some places. Possibly. improve the subsurface a little. If the terrace is uneven, you can compensate for this with the substructure. Possibly. put a weed fleece on the stone surface so that no plants grow through it.

Assembly of the substructure

You start with the substructure. To do this, you need:

  • Terrace pads made of rubber granulate
  • Wooden beams
  • Tools: saw, battery screw
  • Screws

Place the terrace pads under the beams of the substructure at a distance of about 60 cm. Through them, water that gets through the decking on the stone terrace can easily run off. At the same time, the pads prevent the terrace from creaking or rattling if the substructure warps (which is likely because wood works outdoors).

Now lay the beams across the planned alignment of the boards. Use the spirit level to check that the surface is level. Small unevenness can be leveled out with wooden blocks. If there are greater differences in height, use terrace feet as supports for the beams. By the way, it is also possible to use a steel structure as the substructure.

The floorboards

When the substructure is ready, lay the planks. You can use screws for fastening, which are then visible, but there are also invisible fastening systems such as clips. They are screwed onto the substructure and pushed into the plank.

What wood?

There are several types of wood that can be used for decking. From an ecological point of view, certified woods from local forests, such as robinia, Douglas fir or larch, make the most sense. By the way, there are also boards made of WPC, wood-plastic composite material. It has the same visual properties as wood, but is more durable.