So, you’re interested in becoming a beekeeper? Beekeeping is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do. Not only are bees a fascinating species, but South African bees are under threat and beekeeping is an excellent way to help combat this issue. Also, think of all the fresh honey you’ll be able to enjoy!
Whether you’re thinking of taking up beekeeping as a hobby or want to throw yourself into it full time, this is the guide for you. In this article, we look at how you can go about becoming a beekeeper, the equipment you will need and some tips for getting started. Read on to find out how to start on this exciting journey!
There are two bee species that live in South Africa called the African honey bee (Apis mellifera Scutellata) and the Cape bee (Apis mellifera Capensis). Both bees can be found across South Africa although Cape bees are more common in the southwest whilst the African honey bee is more commonly found in the north and central South Africa.
There are some slight differences between the two bees which might help you decide which species you want to farm as a beekeeper. The African honey bee is a more aggressive bee (more likely to sting) capable of producing larger quantities of honey. The Cape bee is more docile although can sting if it is provoked. However, this type of bee has the ability to parasite other bee colonies, especially African honey bee colonies.
Each bee colony is made up of a queen, her drones, nurses and worker bees and each has a specific role to play in producing honey and new bees. At the heart of the colony is the queen bee who is larger than the other bees and the only one with the ability to lay eggs. A drone bee is a male honey bee, whose only role in the colony is to mate with the unfertilized queen. Worker bees are female bees and they carry out different tasks in the hive including housekeeping, feeding the queen, drones and larvae, collecting the pollen and nectar, and making the wax. The job of nursing the unhatched eggs is left to the younger worker bees and once they mature, they are responsible for larger tasks such as building honeycomb from beeswax.
The hive is where your bees will live so it is arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment you will buy! If you are planning to take up beekeeping as a hobby, then you might need a slightly different hive to someone who wants to start a beekeeping business. The three main types of beehives are Langstroth hives, Top Bar hives and Warré hives. They have some fundamental differences that differentiate them, so be sure to do some wider research before choosing the type of hive you want.
As a quick overview, however, Langstroth hives are the most commonly used hive and probably the best one for a beginner to start with. These are modular and expandable beehives that are easily accessible by the beekeeper. You can also expand the hive as you need to if your colony grows in size.
A Warré beehive is quite similar to the Langstroth hive as it is another modular hive made from stacking boxes. The key difference is that new boxes of the Warré hive are added underneath the preexisting boxes instead of on top like they are in a Langstroth setup. This means existing boxes need to be moved up every time a new one is added, which could potentially be off-putting to some beekeepers.
Top Bar hives are quite a different design to Langstroth and Warré hives. They are individual frames of comb in one single, long box meaning there are no heavy boxes to lift or adjust. They are also at a convenient and comfortable height for the beekeeper to access. Their non-modular design does mean that they can’t be expanded in the way that Langstroth and Warré hives can be. However, they have a more simple design that makes them an attractive option for many hobbyist beekeepers.
Frames hang inside of your hive for bees to build their honeycomb in. It is here that they will live, lay offspring and make honey. These frames are removable units to make it easy to harvest the honey.
The smoker allows you to fumigate your hive with smoke to make sure that your bees stay away from you whilst you remove the trays of honeycomb.
Hive tools are a critical piece of equipment that you’ll need to detach the honeycomb from the sides of your hive. A hive tool is required for this because bees glue everything in their hives together with propolis. They’re usually very affordable so you shouldn’t have an issue finding one that fits within your budget.
In the summer, bees gather pollen to produce honey however in the winter when plants and flowers aren’t in bloom, they’ll need your assistance and this is where a feeder comes in. Mix equal parts sugar and water to create a solution. Add this to your feeder and clip onto your hive to feed your bees during the winter months.
Your bee suit is worth investing in - a higher quality suit is going to offer more protection and better ventilation. Remember, beekeeping can be difficult work so a comfortable suit is a must! Make sure to get yourself a jacket with a veil to keep your face protected.
Beekeeping gloves are normally made of soft leather or another tough material to protect against stings. They are an important safeguard to keep your hands protected whilst handling your beehive. More experienced beekeepers might feel confident enough to approach a beehive without gloves but we wouldn’t recommend this to beginners!
A queen catcher is a tool used for moving the queen without losing her. You might want to keep her inside of the catcher whilst going through the hive. You can also use this tool for catching a swarm since the rest of a hive will usually only stay as long as the queen does.
You need to make sure your feet are properly covered when approaching a beehive, which is why having good quality and protective footwear is important. A good pair of boots or wellies are your best choice to protect your feet without interfering with your beekeeping suit.
The most common ways to order honey bees are in the form of package bees or a nucleus hive. Package bees can be ordered through your local beekeeper or local beekeeping organisation. Your package bees will include a queen, some workers and a feeder. Your bee supplier will be able to advise you on how best to introduce the queen to the workers in the colony.
A nucleus hive (nuc) is a half-size colony that will usually include five frames of honeycomb, bees, a queen and brood. A nuc allows you to jump ahead with the growth of your colony however you do risk the honeycomb spreading pests and disease from the donor beehive to your hive.
When beekeeping, there might be information specific to your local area and the bees most commonly found there. The best way to keep on top of this information is to connect with your local beekeeping organisations. These organisations will become your first point of referral if you ever have any questions about beekeeping or assistance managing your hive. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people passionate about nature and the environment!
When you’re new to beekeeping, the amount of information you need to take on board can be overwhelming. You might find you have lots of questions or feel nervous about handling bees for the first time. A beekeeping course is a great way to ensure that you have a good overall understanding of the practice. It’s also likely you will get advice and information unique to your local bee species too.
There is so much to learn when it comes to beekeeping - one of the reasons it’s such an exciting hobby! There is a ton of information out there both in books and online so be prepared to dive in. Bees are a fascinating topic and learning about their biology, evolution, and behaviour will give you a new-found appreciation for nature.
There is no legal requirement for beekeepers to inform their neighbours that they have bees, however, if you’re planning to keep bees in your back garden, then it is the considerate thing to do. Otherwise, you could end up with a very unhappy neighbour on your hands if they accidentally get stung. As long as you have enough space in your back garden, your bees shouldn’t be an issue however you should still tell your neighbours to be cautious, especially if they have young children.
Just like humans, bees need to drink water to survive. Make sure that there is a clean supply of water near to the hive. It’s a mistake to assume that your bees will find their own water. Colonies on average require a litre of water during warm days. If they have to seek water sources for themselves, they may become accustomed to another location and once this happens, it will be difficult to divert them to another location closer to the hive. You can avoid this entirely however by providing your own water source.
With Summer fast approaching, many of us will be looking forward to spending more time in the garden. In 2020, due to the Covid19 pandemic, people are pottering around at home and in their outdoor spaces more than ever before. If you can’t go anywhere else this Summer, or you are going to be in your garden more than usual, now is a better time than ever for a decking transformation! There’s nothing worse than being stuck in messy or dull surroundings, so why not take a look at some outdoor space ideas to brighten up your patio and create an oasis of calm.
One excellent patio design idea is to add a pergola to frame the decking area. Pergolas are very ‘on trend’ for 2020/21 and are a dramatic and beautiful addition to your outdoor space. They create a shaded walkway or help to create and section off a shaded area of your patio deck. Perhaps a pergola could be incorporated to box off your seating or dining area from the rest of the garden? Pergolas are also a great patio design idea as they can be decorated beautifully with string lights, foliage or climbing flowers. Not only do they frame your outdoor patio area, but they also act as a stunning centrepiece themselves!
Who doesn’t love a bar? During the Coronavirus pandemic, popping down to your local bar or restaurant for a few drinks was completely out of the question in South Africa! Even stocking up on drinks at your local shop was unfortunately banned. Now things are starting to get back on track, there is still understandably an element of caution and uncertainty around this subject. With lockdown measures changing almost daily, there is no real guarantee of anything. 2020 has therefore seen a huge rise in home drinking and people installing bars into their gardens! Genius! There are so many clever and low-cost ideas online for creating your own home bar, for example, converting a standard garden shed, installing drop-down drinks cabinets, or even having a simple drinks trolley. Get yourself your own bar and get stocked up now to ensure you don’t go without this summer. Cheers!
One of the best things about summer in South Africa is outdoor dining. We are blessed with beautiful weather, clear skies and spectacular scenery so why not make the most of it? Invest in some quality outdoor furniture and set up a dedicated area just for dining on your decking. Placing this space in a covered area under a pergola or sunshade is a great way of making sure it is protected both when in use and not.
Outdoor rugs are all the rage in 2020! They are an effective way to improve your decking area and give the whole space a more homely and cosy feel. Rugs are also a super simple way of adding an instant pop of colour or pattern to your decking.
Will a rug damage a wooden deck? - Most genuine good quality outdoor rugs are made using woven polypropylene so that they do not absorb water. As long as the rug is regularly lifted, cleaned under and the decking is dried, the rug should not cause damage. It is when an insufficient or poor quality rug is used, or damp and mould is left to develop underneath the rug when there can be damage to your decking.
One of the most dramatic and showstopping deck improvement ideas is a roaring fire pit! Despite being blessed with generally sunny and dry summers in South Africa, a fire pit can be an impressive patio design idea for adding light and a bit of heat in the evenings. Not only are these great for us in the Summer nights, but outdoor decking fire pits can also be used through the winter months too.
Why not add some extra colour to your decking by giving it a lick of paint? Painting is a relatively cheap but incredibly effective deck improvement idea. Patio decking can either be stained in a natural finish, or it could be painted using an exterior decking paint. One fun idea is to paint stripes on the decking or use stencils to create some interest. Get creative with your outdoor sitting area!
When choosing your outdoor furniture, it is important to think about how it will look as a picture. Does the furniture match? Do the chairs complement the colour of your decking? What kind of ‘feel’ does it give the outdoor sitting area? Make sure that all of your furniture matches, and it does not clash with the colour of the decking or railings. Think carefully about what sort of vibe you want your outdoor decking area to have. Do you want it to be classy and moody? If so, choose sleek black minimalist furniture. Or perhaps you want it to be light and bright to invoke tropical vibes? In that case, take a look at rattan furniture and white furnishings instead.
Plants, plants and more plants! Greenery is the ultimate way to dress an outdoor decking area and fill an empty space. Plants are a great way of adding a pop of colour, whilst also tying the decking area into its outdoor setting. Foliage can be used to decorate pergolas or to highlight or hide decking edges or sharp corners. Choose exotic palms or monstera plants for a tropical look!
It is important that your garden or outdoor decking area does not clash with the rest of your house. The goal is to create a ‘flow’ leading through the house and out onto the decking area. Think about ways you can coordinate your outdoor space with your indoor space and vice versa. Take a look at your outdoor sitting area from afar - does the area look unusual next to your patio doors for example? Plants or matching cushions are a great way of tying the two areas together.
Everything's better with a bit of colour! Although grey has been on trend for the last few years, nobody wants their surroundings to be completely void of fun. You can either go to town with bright and wacky upholstery (ensure it is suitable for outdoor use of course), or just add some vibrant scatter cushions, rugs or ornaments to add a bit of life to your patio space. For patio decor ideas, take a look on sites such as Pinterest for some creative solutions.
One absolutely essential decking improvement idea is to build some sort of shelter or ‘overhang’. With recorded highs of up to 50 degrees celsius in some parts of South Africa, it is wise to invest in some shade! It will also help to protect the area from rain and wind all year around, in turn protecting your investment.
Bench seating is a neat but functional decking improvement idea that not only provides additional seating but can also be used to encase or mask unsightly structures or pipes. Bench seating can be made using the same decking materials as the patio to create a tidy and seamless look. Why not try making seating out of upcycled crates?
If your patio is raised and needs railings, have you thought about opting for modern glass panels instead? Some decking railings can be ugly and intrusive and be a stark contrast to the rest of the outdoor space. Glass railings or panels are not only modern, but they disappear into the background meaning your view is not disturbed.
An outdoor seating area or dining space shouldn’t be hard or cold looking just because it’s outside. Treat the space exactly as you would your living room. Decorate the furniture with scatter cushions and throws, and add little decorative details such as ornaments and candles. There are cushions that are designed especially for outdoor use so you don’t need to worry about them getting ruined!
Yet another crucial and extremely effective decking improvement idea is to add lighting! There are lots of different ways that this could be done, from lower budget options such as string light and solar lanterns to built-in LED strip lights in the decking. Not only is lighting essential for evening use, but it’s also an excellent patio design idea to create ambience and set the scene.
Why not? If you have the height and a solid structure from which to hang the swing, why not add a cute swing bench or loveseat? This will be a big hit with couples and the kids too. For a stylish and breezy look, search for rattan swing chairs!
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without adding in a hot tub! A hot tub or jacuzzi is the perfect addition to a patio deck that can be enjoyed all year round - especially in the summer.
If you’re not sure about establishing a bulky permanent structure, why not look into sun shades? Sunshades or garden ‘shade sails’, are triangular or rectangular waterproof fabric shades that can be hung above the area of your choice. They are subtle, sleek and modern, and can provide both UV and rain protection.
Water features are a beautiful way of adding some interest to your decking area or outdoor space. A relaxing and aesthetically pleasing decking improvement idea, water features are also a great talking point!
Levels are an effective way to immediately make a space look more visually inviting. This can be achieved by physically adding higher or lower platforms to your decking, or by adding raised planters of flower beds. Having everything on one level can make the space look flat, so putting things at different heights is a great way to break things up.
Here are our top tips for choosing the perfect outdoor decking to bring your vision to life:
★ Not sure whether to invest in hardwood decking? If regularly cleaned and oiled, lower-cost softwood can look expensive too! If you’re looking for something less high maintenance that is guaranteed to look top quality, opt for hardwood.
★ Is it better to get grooved or smooth decking boards? This entirely depends on the area and usage of the decking. Grooved boards are great by pools as they are less slippery when wet, however, dirt can settle in the grooves. Smooth boards are much easier to keep clean and tidy however they can become slippery if wet.
These 20 Ways to Transform your Outdoor Decking for the Summer should give you plenty of food for thought and may even help you to come up with some deck improvement ideas of your own!
At 4ever Deck, we are here to answer any questions you may have about decking and are happy to help assist with patio design ideas. Just get in touch!
For many years, the construction industry has been known as one of the most wasteful and least sustainable industries; the materials used to construct buildings, the equipment used for demolition and the transportation required of materials to the site, all have a huge carbon footprint. More recently and particularly in South Africa, the construction industry has begun to catch on to the necessity of more sustainable building practices, which has led to the emergence of new and more sustainable building materials. As buyers have become more environmentally conscious and more young people start entering the housing market, the demand for eco-friendly homes and buildings has increased. This has led to the emergence of new types of homes, everything from sandbag houses to houses made of bamboo and straw bales are now completely viable housing alternatives that are far more sustainable than traditional homes.
At 4 Everdeck, we’ve looked into the rising popularity of new eco-friendly building materials in South Africa and how this might change the types of homes people live in in the future. This infographic looks specifically at the new types of building materials that are now available to us and why they are so much more sustainable than brick and mortar.
The earliest gardens were cultivated for practical reasons including for food or to create shade in hotter countries. Over time, gardens have become more about decoration and a means of self-expression, as well as a way of respecting traditions. A residential garden will tell you a lot about a person and their cultural background. What would your garden look like if you lived in another country?
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Deck maintenance isn’t exactly a piece of cake for those who aren’t professionals in the field, but two good annual sessions of deck cleaning with the best deck cleaner can leave you with a clean deck all year round. Regardless of whether or not you have a wood deck or a composite deck, you should never underestimate the power of proper deck cleaning for your home’s general aesthetic. Building a deck in the first place is quite the investment, so homeowners should pay extra attention to deck care so they don’t end up paying more than what they bargained for. Composite and wood decks alike deserve the best deck treatment to shine throughout the year, so homeowners are encouraged to stock up on deck cleaning tips and deck maintenance tips whenever they can.
We’re well aware that the fast-paced society we live in doesn’t allow homeowners to spend as much time as they’d like for composite or wood deck maintenance research. Instead of scouring the internet for wood cleaning tips or painting decking tips or just deck tips in general, you can consult our Ultimate Guide to Deck Maintenance and Cleaning. Not only will you save time you would have spent for background info, but you’ll also get insight into the best methods of maintaining composite and wooden decks. We have the answers to any questions you might have about deck cleaning and staining, such as:
You’ll also find several options so you can find the best way to clean a deck that applies to your home. Furthermore, you will learn about the best time to stain a deck, as well as the options for the best wood deck sealer and the best deck wash for your set up. Without any further ado, here is your complete manual for deck maintenance.View
Do you know what the most useful and value-adding renovations are for your home? Would you know which are the best return on your investment is when the time comes to sell your property on? We've compiled this useful infographic to offer you an insight into the best way to improve the overall value of your home, and also to just generally make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Renovations to your home not only make it a more enjoyable place to live, but they are likely to augment its long-term value. The average renovation can add as much as 10% to the value of your home.
Here's my three tips for bringing your garden to life:
1. Use lots of compost to attract earthworms so that your soil remains well fertilized.
2. Try and focus on cultivating plants that attract bees and birds as this will save you a lot of time and energy on pollination, weed control and spreading seeds around the garden. It also helps keep pests at bay!
3. Invest as much time into your garden as you want to get out of it. Make sure you know your routine like clockwork- when to water the plants, when to pull out weeds, when to harvest your veg etc and just get on with it with a bit of old fashioned hard-work
My tip is to choose plants that stimulate as many senses as possible; this makes your garden work on many different levels which really adds interest. We tend to automatically think of choosing beautiful flowers and colours to delight the eyes, but it’s also worth considering texture, sound and smell when choosing and positioning your plants.
Ornamental grasses are a fabulous way to bring a garden to life; they move in the wind which creates wonderful sounds and gives a point of interest for the eye, they are also very tactile so you can enjoy running your hands through them if you plant them within easy reach. And for scent my top pick would be lavender; it smells fabulous and it’s also fantastic for pollinating insects and looks wonderful.
My top tip on garden design is to approach it differently if you live in town than you would if you were living in the country. In town, you need think about the garden as you view it from the house - what will you see out of the windows, for example? Then think about what the house will look like when you look back at it from the other end of the garden. Whereas if you have a country garden with views, then you need to start thinking about how they will work with your garden design. You don't have to choose a garden design that matches your architecture or your view - just remember that either factor will affect the atmosphere of your garden in a major way.
Probably the most common question when deciding which deck material you're going to use is do you go for the traditional wooden deck material or do you go for composite wood decking. Below is a great break down describing the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Wooden decks have been around for as long as there have been buildings & with good reason. Wood decks are economical, durable and abundant in material.
In South Africa some of the most common wooden deck material is balau decking at the coast and as we head inland can also include Massaranduba, Garapa & Rhodesian teak. Pine decking is also used sometimes as it’s the cheapest decking material but with good reason, as it does not handle the weather well and has much shorter lifespan than other decking materials.
Cost wise wooden decking varies greatly depending on the material used. A garapa deck fully installed can cost up to R1300 a square metre including material and installation. So let’s say you’re looking to do a 5m x 4m deck you could be looking at R26000. But keep in mind that wooden decks require constant maintenance. Each year you will have to sand and seal the deck or else it will begin to rot. This can add to the cost tremendously. Professional installers will generally charge +- R150-R200 a sqm to do this each year. So now our 20sqm is going to cost us an additional R4000 each year that is 15% of the overall deck cost!
Wooden deck advantages
Cost – Wooden decking material requires a slightly less upfront cost then composite decks. Pine decking will cost substantially less but then might only last 3-5 years at the coast. Premium woods such as Teak or Grappa cost a similar amount to the composite.
Lifespan – Timber Decking constructed with a premium wood can last anywhere from 5-7 years depending on the maintenance and weather. Pine decking may last from between 3-5 years at the coast.
Look – Wood decks appear authentic because it is real wood. It feels like natural timber and looks just like wood.
Wooden Deck disadvantages.
Maintenance – Any wooden deck requires constant maintenance. This will need to be constantly sanded cleaned and sealed almost every year which as discussed above adds exponentially to the cost. This is also a constant time consuming activity that you can’t get away from when you could rather be relaxing on your deck instead of looking after it.
Safety - Wood is a natural material that can warp, rot, as well as be eaten by termites or wood bore. This can create a safety hazard if a board breaks while you are walking on it or your deck collapses. Splinters are another concern especially if you have children who are running barefoot on your deck.
Installation – Wooden decks require you to drill through the boards, not only is this more time consuming it also creates a weak point in your deck where water can seep in. 4Everdeck Installers say that an installation of a composite deck can also be up to 35% quicker than a wooden deck.
Sustainability – It is very difficult to trace where exactly your timber came from. Quite often natural rain forests are stripped for their wood and the forest permanently damaged.
Composite wood decks are a synthetic decking product that has grown tremendously in popularity over the past few years. Generally they are all made with a combination of wood fibre and different plastics mixed in various quantities. 4Everdeck is made up of 60% wood fibre and 40% recycled High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Some composite decks are made up with pvc which gives a more plastic look and feel to the composite wood.
How much does composite wood decking cost.
Composite wood deck costs vary depending on your brand but 4Everdeck will generally cost about R1400 a square metre fully installed. So let’s say you’re looking to do a 5m x 4m deck you could be looking at about R28 000. Keep in mind that this excludes things such as stairs, handrails & cladding.
Composite wood deck advantages.
Maintenance – a good quality composite deck requires no maintenance besides the occasional clean with a brush and some water. There is no need to sand seal or stain.
Durability – Composite wood will not rot, splinter or warp. It is also immune to termites.
Installation – Composite wood is far quicker to install (up to 35% faster) than traditional wooden decks as each decking board is perfectly straight and the same size. The hidden fastener system also makes the installation far quicker as well as looks more professional since there are no screws through the deck board.
Lifespan – 4Everdeck comes standard with a 10 year guarantee but has an expected lifespan of 20-25 years!
As you can see composite wood is the ideal material for your decking project especially once you factor in the cost savings from no maintenance. Using our calculations above the maintenance on wooden decks accounts for up to 15% of the overall cost each year!
Not all natural woods nor composite woods are the same. You should only purchase your decking material from a trusted supplier with a proven track record. Some wood composite deck materials can look very artificial and will not look anything like natural wood. We encourage you to view decking samples before making your final decisions.
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While it is not too difficult to install a wood composite deck, installing it correctly will ensure that it not only looks great it will last many years without giving you any hassles.
Having been involved with building and construction for over 30 years we have certainly picked up a few tips regarding decking installations.
Not using enough clips.
We recommend using 21 of our standard plastic clips with screws for each square metre. Where two boards but up against each other we suggest that each board has their own clip at the join and do not share the clip.
Adequate Joist spacing.
The joist spacing (the beams the decking shall sit on) we recommend that your joist spacing be no more than a maximum of 350mm apart centre to centre.
When installing a composite deck you should make sure that you have a very slight slope in the overall deck so that the water can drain otherwise you will have large puddles on your deck that won’t evaporate.
Allowing for expansion.
You must allow a minimum of 1 mm per linear metre for expansion and contraction over the length of the board – in other words if you had two 5.8metre long boards butting up against each other, you would allow 3mm on either end of each board, so this would give you a gap of 12mm where the two boards join. Another tip is to run a breaker board perpendicular to the rest every 5.8m.
When installing your L-shaped skirting that covers the edge of your deck the hole you drill for the screw should be 1mm bigger than the screw to allow for expansion and contraction.
Raising the fascia off the ground.
One of the most common problems is the fascia board running directly into the ground. This almost guarantees future problems as the fascia board will be damaged by weed eaters or water damage. To correct this we suggest you raise the fascia slightly off the ground and alternatively also install a small concrete curb just below it.
Staggering your boards.
Even though 4Everdeck synthetic decking boards are supplied in 5.8m lengths on a large deck you can still have a row of joins, we prefer to see the boards staggered, so that the joins are not all in the same line. This is purely from an aesthetic perspective and has nothing to do with the quality of the installation.
Incorrect joist size.
It is very easy for an installer to save money and time by not using a large enough joist in the substructure. To ensure that your deck has an adequate substructure and will not move or sag once your composite decking is installed we recommend that you use a large enough joist that will be relatively stiff and not be springy when you walk on it.
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With such a great looking synthetic wooden surface it can be easy to leave all your cushions, braai kit and garden gear all over your composite deck. Previously your only other alternative was a large unsightly plastic storage box that is until 4Everdeck came along. From hidden trap doors for pool pumps, outdoor cupboards for the braai & even boxes for pillows and pool toys our aesthetically pleasing products can be adapted for a number of uses depending on your needs no need to have the generic industrial cheap outdoor solution.
Don't let your outdoor storage needs be an afterthought, with the help of your local decking contractor all of your outdoor possessions can be stored in a safe and protected environment that not only looks great but is maintenance free.
Combine any of our composite wood products for your outdoor needs; the only limit is your imagination.
Some of our 4Everdeck storage solutions include.
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Planning on adding a deck to your home is a big home improvement project. From what size do you want to build, what design you want to go with, to which composite decking product you should use.
So when investing in your home you should go for a tried and tested product & rely on a name you can trust. You should choose a composite decking material that has been around for a long time and has a proven track record of a high quality product that lasts. No one knows this better than architects & professional decking installers; they do not want to install a product that will require them to keep heading back to service it. That kind of defeats the point of using a composite decking product if it’s not hassle free.
4Everdeck has a proven track record. Since 2002 we have been involved with wood plastic composites so for the last 13 years, and have over 30 years’ experience in the building industry. We are one of the only decking suppliers in South Africa that has actual experience in the manufacture of the product not just importing it. 4Everdeck was developed specifically for the South African market to withstand our harsh weather conditions from the icy cold Cape winters to the scorching hot summers in the Karoo. When speaking to your decking supplier, ask them how long they have been around for, chances are not as long as us.
4Everdeck works with a large base of installers and architects country wide that use our product on a daily basis, we can assist with designing and installing a composite deck for you. We use an extensive range of transport companies to ensure we can deliver anywhere in Africa. We can generally get your decking to your door within 24-48 hours no matter where in South Africa you are. We not only do composite decking but also do DIY deck tiles, railings, wall cladding and fascia boards.
4Everdeck has been used by some of South Africa’s biggest companies such as Vodacom, Investec, Nedbank & Ocean Basket. You can stand assured that when you are looking for the ultimate decking material, look no further than 4Everdeck.
So when you start planning that new outdoor living area, have a look at what the professionals recommend, and you will see it is 4Everdeck.
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As soon as you lay your new decking you’ll want to start enjoying it right away and make use of your new social area. That’s understandable, so what features can you buy to transform your deck from a great looking base into the perfect al fresco area? Read this article for tips on accessories that your decking is going to love.
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It’s exciting to start a new decking project but it can also be a little bit intimidating too. On one hand it’s a great way to reconfigure the look and the functionality of your garden, on the other there’s plenty of things that could go wrong. Get the design of the decking right from the beginning though and you shouldn’t have too many problems. Read on for tips on how to succeed when you begin to deck out your garden.