Learn About Timber Decking in Melbourne
Installing timber decking is a fantastic way to create an outdoor space that is modern, looks great and adds value to your property. The flexibility of a timber construction means you can place it almost anywhere from undulating terrain, moulded around trees and structures or even cantilevered. At AEP Pools and Landscapes we will consult with you and provide our expert advice to create a deck or timber structure that meets your requirements. There are currently numerous options available when you are considering having a deck constructed.
A Variety of Blackbutt
Blackbutt is another hardwood product used for its durability. Often sourced from New South Wales and Queensland, these Melbourne decking boards are used for their paler colouring, from cream to pale browns.
Quality Decking Boards in Melbourne
The type of decking board that is used is the greatest determinant with regard to the overall look of the deck. Our team can identify the type of timber that will complement and enhance the area to be created. The following are factors to consider in making that choice.
Considering Merbau Wood?
Merbau is a very durable hardwood and a popular choice for decking. Often harvested out of Indonesia, there has recently been some concern about how the timber is farmed. We recommend Merbau products that are certified to have been farmed sustainably. Merbau doesn’t damage or dent easily and has a beautiful reddish/brown finish, once oiled.
Treated Pine for Melbourne Decking
Treated pine decking boards are the cheapest and least durable of the boards available. Although they have been chemically treated (H3) to withstand rot and decay, as they are made out of softwood (generally radiata pine) they can damage and dent easily. Treated pine decking boards are often used in Melbourne for screening, or low traffic areas that don’t have the wear and tear of other decks. As treated pine boards are a neutral colour they can often be stained to replicate other timber materials.
Spotted Gum for Your Decking Board in Melbourne
Spotted gum is another popular choice for decking boards. It is also a very durable hardwood product that doesn’t damage or dent easily. Spotted gum decking boards have a wide variety of colours through the timber, from rich browns to blond colouring (often in the same piece of timber), which is highlighted when oiled.
Outsourced Iron Bark
Ironbark is a hardwood often sourced from New South Wales and Queensland. It creates the most durable decking boards available, making it a very strong and resilient product. It is similar to spotted gum in that it has a wide variety of colour variations in the timber. Although Iron bark decking timber tends to be towards the darker spectrum of browns and reds, which once oiled give a beautiful deep rich colour.
Quality Fixings for Your Big Deck!
The two most common types of fixings used on any deck are screws or nails. Nails are the most cost effective fixing, using galvanised metal to resist rusting. Decking nails also have a twisted shank that reduces the rate at which the nail will pull out if the timber with use. Screws, although more expense, tend to last longer and achieve a better fixing to the frame. These come in a galvanised treated metal to resist against rusting and also in stainless steel. The benefit of using a marine grade stainless steel screw, apart from having a much more attractive finish, is that they are more resilient to the weather, which is an important consideration in coastal areas.
There are also bracketing systems on the market that are used to hide the timber fixings and achieve a clean timber look. These are not widely used and there are often restrictions on the types of timber that can be used with such a system.
Maintenance and Oils
Unless you intend the timber to ‘grey off’, which all timber will eventually do without treatment, oil needs to be applied to seal the timber and maintain the colour. Generally natural decking oil is used to highlight the characteristics of the timber, as well as protect it from the elements. There are also numerous varieties that have tints and colours added to them, but these tend to highlight the traffic areas where the tint has worn off. All decks should be re-oiled for them to maintain their colour and protection, generally every 6–12 months, depending on the use, wear and exposure to the sun.
Once the construction has been completed, our expert team will provide you will a personalised maintenance routine to ensure the timber looks its best for years to come. Alternatively, we also provide maintenance services for timber decking Melbourne, should you prefer that we maintain the condition of your deck.
Sizing Matters When it Comes to Decks!
Each decking board comes in a variety of sizes, from the width of boards to the thickness. You can get some materials at 32mm or even 50mm; however these are generally with wider boards and are used to achieve a ‘wharf’ look. The largest range of decking boards is around 19mm thick and is the standard for most deck constructions.
In each material there are various widths of boards to choose from: 42mm, 64mm, 90mm and 140mm being the most common options. The larger the space – the larger the width required. This ensures the deck isn’t too busy. For most standard sized decks a 90mm board is selected as this fits in with most spaces.