Where will your deck be located?
It’s important the material you choose to build your deck can withstand your climate conditions. For example, the amount of sun or shade your deck receives will determine whether the colour will fade quickly.
How Much Maintenance are you willing to do?
Whatever the material you choose, your decking is going to need regular maintenance (most likely annually) to keep it looking schmick. Keep in mind that some decks are quicker and easier to maintain than others.
What’s your budget – how much are you willing to spend?
Decking materials vary in price, from more expensive hardwoods to low-cost treated pine. The good news is there’s a material to suit every budget.
Material of choice
See below for a comprehensive list of popular decking choices:
Hardwoods are an excellent option for Australian decks – It’s extremely hardwearing, highly resilient and looks, feels and smells amazing. Popular hardwood choices include Jarrah, Spotted Gum and Merbau, which is the most common timber decking in Australia.
Hardwoods lends itself to a stylish look that will enhance any outdoor space. The warm red-brown tones of Merbau or rich brown Jarrah warm up the space and create a cosy feel to your outdoor space. When cared for and maintained properly they will still look amazing in years to come.
Because they are so heavy, installing hardwood decks can be quite tricky and harder to drill and nail into place. If you are willing to take the time and put in the extra work it’s an investment that will pay off in long run.
When not properly maintained hardwood decks will show weathering and can even rot in our harsh Aussie climate. Maintaining your deck with a suitable timber finish or decking oil every year will make sure the looks will last.
Hardwood decking is generally cheaper than a composite decking but more expensive than a treated pine option, and a better quality.
One of the most commonly used timbers in and around Aussie homes, treated pine is a versatile and well-priced decking choice. Treated pine is Radiata Pine that’s been pressure-treated to withstand decay, fungi and termites.
You won’t get the wow-factor with Treated Pine you can stain or even paint treated pine to create a look you’re happy with.
Treated pine is easy to work with, lightweight and versatile, making it a perfect D.I.Y.
Treated pine must be oiled annually to maintain appearance and the timber.
Treated pine costs is one of the cheaper decking option – perfect for larger decks and smaller budgets.
Composite decking is made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic and is a fantastic choice for those that want an environmentally friendly alternative to timber. Some of the more popular brands include Ekodeck and Modwood. Composite decking is extremely weather resistant and was created specially to withstand our harsh Australian climate.
Composite decking comes in various timber looks, so no matter what look you’re going for there will be an option for you.
Composite decking can be installed as a D.I.Y. project but it can be heavy to handle, so get lots of hands on deck!
Composite decking is incredibly durable and less likely to fade, warp, rot or splinter than timber decks. It’s also extremely low maintenance. No need for oiling and staining – simply wash it down with a composite deck cleaner.
Composite decking is generally a more expensive option.
Modular decking is real timber boards prefabricated into panels, making installation fast and simple.
Because modular decking is made of real wood, you can choose from several different timber options.
Modular decking is incredibly easy to install on any surface including uneven surfaces. It comes in a kit which includes pre-assembled frames and decking board panels that are attached together- excellent if you wish to D.I.Y.
Hardwood modular decking is extremely durable. Keep in mind that just like just like hardwood decking, you still need to maintain it by oiling the decking boards every year.
Because it is prefabricated, modular decking is generally more expensive.
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