An outdoor deck can be so versatile!
From being the perfect spot to entertain guests, or a haven for relaxing and unwinding in the fresh air, a deck can add real value to your property and make your outdoor space much more accessible.
Before you get stuck in and start building your dream deck, there are a few things you should consider:
What does your budget look like?
From low-cost treated pine to more expensive hardwood, decking materials differ in price. Whether your budget is small or large you don’t need to stress as there is a material suited for all!
How much maintenance and repair work are you happy to do?
To keep your deck in good nick, no matter the material, you will need to do annual maintenance. However, some decks are easier to maintain and require less upkeep than others.
Where abouts will your deck be located?
Depending on the amount of sun or shade your deck is in contact with, you can determine how quickly the colour will fade. It is a good idea to choose a material that can endure your climate conditions.
Below we have outlined some differences in popular decking materials widely used in Australia:
Durable, highly resilient, and can look and feel great.
Jarrah, Spotted Gum and Merbau are the most common hardwood choices, with Merbau being the most popular timber decking in Australia. Hardwoods enhance any outdoor area with their stylish look. With light care and maintenance, these decks will stay looking their best for years.
Sitting in between in price, hardwood decks tend to cost more than treated pine but less than composite decking.
Easy to work with, lightweight, versatile, and affordable.
Treated pine is Radiata Pine which has been pressure-treated to withstand termites, fungi and decay. You can easily stain, or paint treated pine to create the look you are after. To keep it looking its best, treated pine must be oiled every year.
Costing less than other options, treated pine is also a great choice for smaller budgets and bigger decks.
Easy, low maintenance, and an environmentally friendly alternative.
Made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic, composite decking is available in many timber looks to suit your outdoor space. This includes Jarrah, Silver Gum, and Highland Oak. There is no need for oiling and staining, a quick wash with a composite deck cleaner will do the trick.
As it is extremely durable and less likely to fade, warp, splinter, or rot than timber decking, composite decking tends to be a more expensive option.
An outdoor deck can make an incredible addition to your home. If you are interested in talking all things decks and what would suit your home best, contact us today!