When buying a holiday home, whether a static caravan or lodge for the first time, there are many physical fixtures and fittings you need to bear in mind. While you can buy a holiday home complete (with decking and skirting), in some cases you may have the option of arranging decking and skirting yourself. Alternatively, you may want to improve what is already there (or not). But why is this and what exactly does decking and skirting for your holiday home involve?
Many holiday parks already have lodges and static caravans with skirting and decking set up for you. However, if you are buying a static home without such amenities, there are reasons you should consider having it.
One of the main reasons people invest in static caravan decking and skirting for their properties is to help ‘complete’ the look of their holiday caravan or lodge. Available in a wide variety of materials, these systems can help to blend a property in with the general neighbourhood. It can also be used to give off a specific aesthetic or feel that particularly appeals to you. Decking extends the size of your home and provides an outside room and skirting allows your storage to be hid.
Ultimately, what you do with your skirting or decking is up to you, providing your park operator is happy to proceed. You may even be a park operator keen to set up skirting and decking at your site.
In any case, here are some good reasons why skirting systems, and solid decking solutions can help to improve the look and feel of a holiday park property.
There are many different material choices available for static caravans and holiday homes. A popular choice can be UPVC, which is cheap and reasonably durable. However, if you take a look around holiday parks in the UK, you will also notice that wooden decking is very popular. This is not only thanks to its timeless, natural look but also due to its relative affordability. (Click here to look at examples of decking and skirting fitted by UK Sundecks).
However, do be careful when it comes to the material you buy your static caravan decking or skirting in. Wood, of course, is going to be an immediate fire risk regardless of how careful you are with your property and what you do on the veranda. Although it can look ideal when setting up in a park that’s close to local woodland or countryside.
uPVC is a popular choice for this reason, and it is further popular thanks to its versatility in design and colour schemes available. Therefore, it may be worth looking at this material before considering the wood option.
Some people prefer a steel structure which is encased with uPVC, as used by AB Sundecks (Click here to read about their low maintenance deck design). Arguably, this style of decking will out perform wooden counterparts and is ideal for the British weather. What’s more, steel skirting and decks are very versatile. It is well worth looking at available styles and consulting with an expert to find out more about bespoke options and services.
If you are considering setting up decking or skirting at a holiday property and are in contract with an operator, you must approach site officials before you enter into any agreements with builders and installers. While it is your property to do with as you wish, there are still rules and obligations you will have agreed to. Failure to adhere to these will, of course, put you at risk of legal action and/or expulsion from the park.
Therefore, here’s a handy breakdown of points you should discuss with a park operator before you approach a contractor for static caravan decking and skirting.
While static caravan decking may be very popular, many static caravans and lodges go without it. This is because the price of a holiday property with decking and skirting installed can increase the asking price by a considerable amount. However, for many people, the upfront cost is more than worth paying. This, again, is due to the money saved on heating bills.
What’s more, decking systems are very easy to maintain. This means you are unlikely to need to make any adjustments after installation. Cleaning is mandatory, of course, but a contractor will let you know how to make the most out of your installation. This is another reason why decking can add so much value to a property. You are investing in long-term visual and practical support with virtually no fees to clear in years to come.
You can really improve the look and comfort of a static caravan with a fabulous decking system and perimeter skirting. However, do make sure that you budget well in advance. The cost of buying skirting or decking systems upfront can vary, and it is worth comparing quotes with several contractors.
Alternatively, your park operator may be able to offer you cut rates if they have a preferred installer or service in place. In any case, always discuss any home modifications you’d like to look into with your operator in plenty of advance. If you are looking for decking for a holiday home, Sell My Group recommends UK Sundecks, Click Here to UK Sundecks website.
For further reading see our article on ‘What to Remember When Buying a Holiday Home’.