Creating an outdoor space by adding a deck to your home is a great addition to any home.
There are several material options available to choose from when designing and building your deck. You can choose from cedar, pressure-treated or composite decking materials. All three options offer minimal rotting.
Cedar Wood Deck
The utilization of cedar to build your deck provides a more natural wood look. The deeper red part of the cedar tree is what is used as it is rot resistant. It does not absorb moisture. Typically, a cedar deck has a lifespan of approximately 15 to 20 years. Cedar decks require annual maintenance of cleaning and resealing to add to its longevity.
Pressure-treated decking is the most economical material out of the three options. The pressure-treated decking material is stainable and very durable. It is important to check all deck boards for warping prior to buying them. Choose the ones that have fewer knots and are straight. Your local lumberyard may offer different grades of pressure-treated wood.
Composite decking can be the most expensive decking material. Many composite decking materials are made from 95% recycled materials. It also is very natural looking and virtually maintenance-free. Most composite decking manufacturers offer a 25-year warranty.
Hardwood Decking For Australian Climates
Aside from cedar, pressure-treated and composite decking, Australia’s climate is conducive for the use of many hardwood decking materials as well.
Spotted gum is one of the most commonly used Australian hardwoods for decking. Spotted gum has very attractive markings and beautiful grain. The natural beauty only requires a coating of natural timber oil to protect it.
Teak is one of the more expensive hardwoods to use for decking and can last almost 40 years. If you can’t afford the price tag for teak decking, you can always furnish your deck with teak furniture.