Slabs or slats for my wooden deck?

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The wood is back in force in our interiors – it invites itself again in the kitchen – but also in our exteriors. A terrace with a wood flooring floor recalls the floor of the living room. And offers the same opportunity to have fun with the decor and colors. But depending on the size of our exterior, it is better to take the time to choose the right format. Slabs or blades? And for what needs? We explain to you.

Slab terraces

The slabs or gratings are ideal for balconies, terraces or a small area of ​​a garden (to create a dining area … or a spa area!). Made from autoclaved spruce or exotic species such as bangkirai, square wooden slabs make it easy to create or renovate a terrace or balcony. These elements of 0.50 x 0.50, 0.50 x 1 or 1 x 1 meters combine several narrow and grooved blades fixed by stainless steel screws on two or three cleats. Prefer the screws rather than the staples that come off more easily.

Terraces with blades

The average length of the wooden boards is between 210 and 240 mm. It is necessary to calculate the surface of the terrace before putting them to have the least connections and cuts to realize! The blades are easier to work and install when you have a deep deck or a large garden.

© Leroy Merlin

Wood maintenance

Every spring, clean the surface with water and a special wood stain remover. You can also use a high-pressure jet to find the natural colors of the wood. Regularly remove leaves and twigs between the blades and may accelerate the degradation of the wood as a result of stagnant moisture.

Depending on the species and the exposure of the terrace to the weather, plan to renew the gratings every 8 to 10 years.