Types of Materials for Decks
- Treated Pine
- Composite Decking
- Decks for Bushfire Prone Homes
Treated Pine Decking
Treated pine decking is a very reliable wood to build with when doing your deck as each piece used in the deck is virtually the same shape – which makes it a lot easier to keep the deck level. Despite its immense strength and resistance to rot, treated pine is also fairly easy to nail, which makes the building process a lot quicker and easier, and also makes maintenance easier as well
Composite decking is a synthetic decking material and is a relatively new product on the market. It is made of recycled plastic and non-virgin wood. It has the same look and feel of timber decking except it does not splinter or rot and will not fall victim to termites and white ants. This makes it perfect for damp/wet areas.
Decking made with hardwood timber is of course for sturdy and durable. Hardwood will be on the higher end of the price range and can be sourced from Australia or overseas.
Decks for Bush Fire Prone Houses
If you live in an area that is prone to bush fires, you will need to consider using a decking material that is known to be reasonably prone to bushfires. You should also ensure that the completed deck complies with Rural Fire Service’s Standards. Some timbers that are known to be good in areas that are prone to bush fires: Kwila, Blackbutt, Red Iron Bark, Turpentine, and Spotted Gum.