If you haven’t put in a timber deck yet, now is the perfect opportunity to give it some thought. Why not add some extra living space to your home with a new deck and provide a really cool place to chill out on the weekend – and it’s one of the best ways to easily add value to your home as well.
One of the most popular materials for a great looking, affordable and long-lasting decking is obviously timber. But what is the best timber to use for decking?
We’re glad you asked!
1. Hardwood Decking
When it comes to timber decking Melbourne locals love the most, many stop their search at the various varieties of beautiful hardwoods. Merbau is a popular choice with deep red/brown colours. Spotted Gum and Jarrah are also common types of Australian hardwood timber for decking both provide a rich and wonderful colour and appearance. All are known for their durability and strength as well as a great style choice!
Pro: Durable hardwood decking lasts for decades, looks and feels great, and is easy to maintain.
Con: The density of hardwood makes it a little more challenging to install, but it’s definitely worth the effort. You’ll also need to add a timber finish so it withstands the test of the Australian weather.
2. Treated Pine
If hardwood is super-stylish, then treated pine is versatile and affordable – so it’s still a great choice.
Pro: Because it’s treated, you won’t have to worry so much about pests like termites or other problems including fungi. The price is pretty great too!
Con: It may not look quite as good as hardwood, but as far as the best timber for decking goes, it’s easy to install and great bang for your buck – and you can paint or stain it to look brilliant anyway. But you will have to give it an extra coat regularly.
Composite materials – a mix of wood and other materials – are a great choice for timber decking Melbourne-wide for many reasons.
Pro: It may not technically be 100% timber, but composites are still a very popular choice as they’re very weather-resistant and you really can customise the look.
Con: Installation is tricky because composites tend to be heavy, and composite decking will cost a few more dollars too.
The modular options still fall under the timber decking category, but the boards are prefabricated to make them quick and easy to install.
Pro: It’s still genuine wood, though, and you can choose from various hardwoods and treated pine. It’s very easy to install the prefabricated frames and boards and also very durable.
Con: The prefabricated nature of modular decking makes it a more expensive option, and some maintenance including regular oiling will still be necessary.
Mr Verandah offers a wide choice of the very best decking timber materials out there, including the excellent Aussie timber Jarrah, the attractive deep red import Merbau, the popular treated pine option Kiln Dry, and many others! You can check our decking design ideas as well to get inspiration. We can also get a tailored timber decking solution installed at your place in a jiffy, so get in touch for a free estimate today.