How to Get a Better Looking Deck
By Shane Downey
If you want to extend your outdoor area, there’s nothing that looks as good on your deck as natural timber. There are so many different types of timbers to choose from when it comes to a good-looking deck, and no matter what your budget is, there is timber to match.
Here are some of the most popular options we use in Brisbane's Bayside and South-East.
Treated pine is the low-budget option, but even though it’s a low-budget, it doesn’t mean it’s not good quality. You can stain, paint or oil it to suit your style, and we can help you choose the right type of rated pine for your posts, joists and deck. Treated pine really is a good option because it is so versatile and cheap.
Jarrah is usually more expensive than other decking timbers, but it’s colour ranges from reds to light and dark browns means it looks very high end. The best way to preserve the high-end jarrah timber decking is by regular oiling. If you aren’t that into regular maintenance of your deck, maybe you should look at stain or varnish coating.
Blackbutt has a beautiful pale brown colour and is usually consistently coloured. Blackbutt can be stained and if left unsealed, it can crack. It’s another high maintenance timber, but the results are amazing.
Stringybark is available in three colour options: red, white and yellow and red. White stringybark is more suited for indoor use, because it isn’t as durable, so yellow and red Stringybark is better for decking. Red Stringybark is more expensive, and quite hard to find, but if you are looking for some unique timber for your deck, this is the one for you.
Spotted gum has more colour variations than Blackbutt, extending from pale to chocolate browns. It’s dense and robust and shrinks less than other timbers.
If you’re looking for a deck that will withstand the Apocalypse, Ironbark is what you need. It’s one of the most durable timbers on the planet and its namesake stands true because of its weight and highly dense body. It’s a beautiful timber, and its colours range from deep red to pale brown. Because Ironbark is so durable, it makes for a great pool decking as well.
If you need help deciding what timber to use for your deck, contact LimeTree Constructions today for some advice.