What is Decking?
Decking can be summarised as a timber platform that is attached to a house or other building. However, decking can also be built as a freestanding structure.
Timber decking is a great way to add some design features to flat areas or create an outdoor living space.
Timber Decking Design Ideas:
Built in benches
A great way to introduce seating around the decking area, built in benches seem as if the deck has risen. Built in benches are also a great way to add some extra storage to your outdoor space.
Why not border your decking with matching raised garden beds. You can also matching planter boxes to create a similar appearance.
Looking to enclose your outdoor area? Why not use the same timber on your walls to create a seamless look.
Keeping your decking level with the backyard can create a smooth transition between spaces.
Timber Decking Species:
Beyond the appearance of your timber decking, there are a number of reasons for choosing the various timber species that decking comes in. Here’s some information on some of the most common timber decking species we deal with:
- Blackbutt: Grown in Queensland and Northern New South Wales this hardwood is a light brown colour. Blackbutt is very popular and widely used for internal flooring, however with more homes creating outdoor living spaces, Blackbutt is being used to create a seamless transition between inside and out.
- Grey Ironbark – Grey Ironbark features a light grey or brown appearance that at time might have a red tinge. It is also one of the hardest durable Australian species available. Ironbark tends to have a lot less bleeding problems than the imported tropical hardwoods such as Merbau.
- Spotted Gum – Growing in an area extending from the New South Wales and Victorian border to the Maryborough district in Queensland. This is a durable hardwood and ranges in colour from very pale brown through to dark brown with slightly orange or green tints. Spotted Gum alike Grey Ironbark also has less bleeding problems.
- Stringybark – Grown in areas across New South Wales, this hardwood features pale yellow through to golden hues and light browns.
- Tallowwood – Tallowwood is a hardwood growing along the coastal areas of New South Wales to the Maryborough district of Queensland. The heartwood is yellowish brown with a tinge of olive green, while the sapwood is usually distinctively paler. The texture is moderately coarse but even and the grain is often interlocked (ATFA).
Typical Grade & Sizes available
Solid hardwood decking is always supplied in random lengths from 0.9m to 5.4m. Timber flooring grades available include:
- Select Grade — Contains features of a limited number and size. The features may include gum veins, past borer activity and small knots.
- Medium Feature/Standard Grade — The number, type and size of features present is greater than for Select Grade and the effect on the character of the floor is in many instances much more dominant.
- High Feature Grade — Boards with a high degree of feature are permitted in this grade and this can add a lot of character to the floor creating a more rustic look.
Standard Sizes for Timber Decking boards include:
- 130x25mm (enquire for lead times)
- 136x32mm (enquire for lead times)