What Are The Best Timbers For Decking?

What Are The Best Timbers For Decking?

October 11, 2019 Off By Helen Olsson

If you are planning a new terrace in your garden, timber decking is an obvious choice, as the timeless elegance of solid wood takes some beating. Obviously, the timber you choose must be very durable and able to handle the harsh Australian climate, and with that in mind, here are some of the most popular timber species that homeowners choose when installing timber decking.

  • Treated Pine – Very much a newcomer in the decking industry, treated pine can be painted or stained, and is popular due to the low cost. When looking at treated pine, the H rating is important, and you need timber that is suitable for outdoor use.
  • Jarrah – Definitely a favourite with Australian homeowners, Jarrah is one of the more expensive timbers, yet it does come in stunning finishes, and if you would like a quote, Market Timbers can provide timber decking Melbourne residences use at a very attractive price, and with their expertise, you are sure of a first-class installation. 
  • Blackbutt – Another species native to Australia, Blackbutt comes in colours ranging from cream to pale brown, and is reasonably easy to work. A dense timber that is ideal for outdoor use, Blackbutt offers elegant finishes that would complement any terrace.
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  • Merbau – An inexpensive timber that was once used extensively in building houses, Merbau is native to South East Asia and offers an elegant dark brown finish. Very durable and insect resistant, Merbau comes from sustainable sources, so it is ideal if you are environmentally aware.
  • Spotted Gum – Native to Queensland, Spotted Gum is fire resistant, making it a good choice for bush fire prone regions, and it is very dense, which gives it a high level of durability. Colours range from light beige to dark brown and this timber does not shrink.
  • Stringybark – Found in the southern part of New South Wales, this medium to large hardwood comes in 3 main colour variations – white, yellow and red – with yellow or red better suited for outdoor use. If you would like to explore the potential that Stringybark offers, a Google search will put you in touch with a leading timber supplier, who would be happy to pay you a home visit and discuss the many options.
  • Grey Ironbark – This is a Class 1 timber, making it ideal for outdoor use, and Ironbark got its name thanks to its high durability, which is an essential property for decking. This is one of the hardest timbers to be found in Australia, and while it isn’t the cheapest, it comes in stunning red and brown shades and is fire, termite and rot resistant. Grey Ironbark is not an easy timber to work, thanks to its incredible density, and it isn’t surprising that this is one of the most popular decking choices.
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There are hardwood timber species to suit every style and budget, and by talking to an established timber supplier, you can take a look at the wide range of timbers on offer and make an informed decision. If properly treated, a hardwood decking will stand the test of time and would complement any outdoor area.

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