Adding a deck to your home not only adds value to your house but also creates a great outdoor entertaining area that will allow you to spend more time outside with family and friends.

If you’re considering making this important addition to your home, it’s vital to know whether you should use composite or timber for your deck. Choosing the right material will make a significant difference when it comes to the use and enjoyment you’ll get from your deck.

The Australian summer is the best time to get your new deck installed if you want to be ready for Christmas, outdoor dining, and warm evenings entertaining family and friends around the pool. There are aspects of Perth’s hot climate that mean timber decking might not be the best choice when it comes to longevity, functionality, and safety.

Soaking up the sun

The rate at which your deck soaks up heat from the sun will define how long you can walk on it barefoot during the summer, potentially limiting the functionality of your deck. Timber can feel the burn when it’s exposed to high temperatures, causing it to splinter and shrink. In hot, consistently sun-exposed areas, PVC and aluminium decks can also get very hot underfoot.

While composite decking products can also retain heat after a long day in direct sunlight, they won’t shrink or splinter like timber. If you plan on building a deck in time for our summer that will be exposed to direct sunlight, consider alternatives to timber such as composites or bushfire-approved fibre cement boards. These splinter-resistant materials are a safe option for families and anyone who wants to avoid painful slivers.

Colour counts

Although each decking material – whether timber or composite – will vary in how hot it can get, the primary test of how much heat your decking holds is the colour of the chosen ma­terial.

As a general rule of thumb, darker coloured decking materials and finishes retain more heat than lighter ones. Darker woods like merbau and jarrah weather well, but because the timbers of the wood are so dark, they will hold more heat than lighter woods such as the commonly-used treated pine, spotted gum, or blackbutt.

If you’re building a deck that will be in direct sunlight, look for lighter coloured decking options and deeper grain products, such as Trex composite decking material.

Other ways to cool your deck

While you can head inside when things start to heat up, your decking must be able to endure the elements.

Creating shade over your deck by planting trees, constructing an awning or pergola, or adding an umbrella can minimise direct sun exposure and dramatically reduce heat build-up.

Outdoor rugs don’t become as hot as plastic, timber, or composite decking, which can make it easier to walk on outdoor surfaces. Arug that can stand up to the elements is a great way to increase the functionality of your decking area if you’re worried about heat retention, just remember to put it away before the rain hits.

Another alternative is misting fans, which are most effective in dryer climates like Perth, WA. There are many setups available that can attach to your house or an outdoor structure to help reduce the heat out on your deck.

Bushfire performance

With the increase in the frequency of bushfires and expansion of homes into bushland areas around Perth, fire protection has never been more critical. If a newly constructed building is assessed as being in a bushfire area, they are given a level of risk and assigned a BAL rating (bushfire attack level).

The Australian Standards which cover the bushfire safety requirements restricts the use of timber in an area with a BAL higher than 12.5 unless it is one of several recognised bushfire resistant timbers including merbau, spotted gum, and blackbutt.

If you do live in a bushfire-prone area, consider TREX Transcend composite decking which has a BAL of 29or Trex Contour rated at BAL19which burns slower than traditional wood and is self estinquising.

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Choosing the right material for installing decking in your home is important as it affects not only the look but the usability of your outdoor living and entertainment area.

To make sure you get the most out of your deck and consider the right things, I’ve written a guide on the subject. It’s called The Ultimate Guide to Selecting Your Deck.

It explores consideration fac­tors such as appearance, care & cleaning, durability, cost and more.

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Our customers say

We couldn't be more pleased with the result of our new decking built by Dean and his team from Allstyle Build using composite decking sourced from Decking Perth. Dean's customer service and attention to detail was really appreciated and his pricing was value for money given the excellent result. Wouldn't hesitate recommending both Allstyle Build and Decking Perth's products for any decking project.
Paul Hamersley
Paul Hamersley
11:43 24 Mar 22
Ive just had my new composite deck supplied by Decking Perth. The whole process was so easy and professional. James and Eric from JLA Carpentry did a fantastic job doing the installation. The workmanship is top class. Highly recommended.
Steve Blight
Steve Blight
04:46 09 Mar 22
I had no idea where to start when it came to getting decking installed. I was so pleased when I found Decking Perth because they did all the tricky stuff for me - all I had to do was tell them what I was after and what colour and they did the rest. The contractor I ended up choosing to do the instal was fantastic. Couldn't be happier with my new deck! So thank you!
Kealy Hardman
Kealy Hardman
08:12 19 Feb 22
We had our front entrance decking replaced with the composite product - Spanish Saffron colour - and am super happy with the outcome. The service and advice/options provided by Perth Decking was very professional and Eric and his team did a fantastic really great job.Recommend Perth Decking and their teams without any hesitation.
Nico Spangenberg
Nico Spangenberg
10:35 13 Feb 22
Mazlin Junid
Mazlin Junid
03:04 09 Feb 22
Highly recommend Decking Perth. They were super helpful from the initial shop visit to the many questions and queries I had, right through to the installation by the fantastic Jake. Cannot fault.
anna wingell
anna wingell
09:35 17 Jan 22
Fantastic experience from start to finish. Ashleigh at Decking Perth was very helpful and the installers Michael and Liam from Lesgo Construction were reliable, friendly, on time and did a quality job. Nothing was to much trouble and I would definitely use them again..
Rod Wright
Rod Wright
10:40 13 Dec 21
Great service and product
Ryan C
Ryan C
05:12 13 Oct 21
Decking Perth provide great advice for novice deck buyers by showing you a wide range of products underpinned by knowledge and a conduit to deck builders. A couple of days after we visited Decking Perth one of their preferred contractors provided a very competitive quotation and we engaged AllStyle Carpentry. Decking Perth supplied all materials as they are a One Stop Shop for the contractor. The Modwood Xtteme deck looks fantastic and we could not be happier with it. Thank you Decking Perth as your business supported our thinking and your advice saw the planning come together and we now have a lovely deck.Phill Cribb
Phill CRIBB
Phill CRIBB
10:14 21 Apr 21
Could not recommend Deck Perth more. I had a small area at the front of my house which needed Composite decking supplied and installed. Visited their shop for ideas, then they organised a contractor to attend for a quote to install. All done within 2.5 weeks and over the moon with the end result at a reasonable price, thanks again
Owen Taylor
Owen Taylor
04:01 08 May 20
I contacted Decking Perth regarding an extension to our current Trex Deck. They took my details and within 4 hours I had been contacted by 2 decking installers and both had attended and quoted within 3 days. Jamie from Elite Decking had the job completed the following week! Lovely team, quiet, clean and tidy workers, on time and on budget, attention to detail exceptional. You cannot tell the difference between the 5 year old deck and the new extension. Highly recommend Elite Decking and Decking Perth.
Louise Bray
Louise Bray
06:27 28 Jan 20
I had some Trex (tiki torch colour) decking installed just before Christmas 2019. Jamie was great to deal with and did a great job installing the product. He and Phil were also very helpful in choosing the best product. Thanks guys! I have no problems recommending Decking Perth to others.
Peter Coulson
Peter Coulson
23:30 05 Jan 20
Great service, professional products.And easy to deal with
Dean Bumbak
Dean Bumbak
19:02 04 Dec 19
As an ordinary DIY supported by a Team of Rockstars to achieve a tremendous result and nothing was too much trouble Cristian and Cassandra.
Aaron Henley-Martin
Aaron Henley-Martin
07:36 22 Nov 19
We were seeking a good quality decking oil for our garden landscaping and out-door shower project. We found the reviews on-line for Cutek Extreme Clear wood preserver were very good and suited us as it is absorbed by the timber thereby ensuring greater life expectancy and a great grain enhancer. In addition re-coating every 18mths to 2yrs appealed as the timber only requires a high pressure wash and a dry off period before re-coating. No sanding required. We chose a New Bronzetone tinter to deepen and enrich the merbau timber grain for an excellent aesthetic finish. Next Project the pool deck!
Chris Pallett
Chris Pallett
04:13 08 Nov 19
Marty Brausch
Marty Brausch
08:47 29 Jul 19
I contacted Decking Perth to see about getting my small courtyard sorted. Cassandra recommended 2 companies to install Trex decking. Marty and his team did a great job. I'm really pleased with the results.
Belinda G
Belinda G
03:34 13 May 19
I use Decking Perth as timber and composite decking supplier, and have dealt with Adrian for years. The team are passionate and strive for innovation, always presenting the latest products to benefit the end user. I'm grateful for their knowledge and desire to see the best fit for purpose product for both client and contractor alike.
Matt Libardi
Matt Libardi
12:47 15 Apr 19
I contacted Decking Perth to get my alfresco area upgrade to latest trex decking. She recommended two subbies however I choose one subiie who is Easy Deck. It was highly impressive to note the way specially Casandra how she provided total service package including resource, material and also best economical options. This is the best customer service i ever had experienced. follow up on work progress, quality control etc are other events Cassendra followed up with customer. it was very impressive work indeed by Easy Deck and Decking Perth.
Great job at a fair price. Thanks Joe!
Steve Collins
Steve Collins
04:25 20 Aug 18
Aaron East Landscape Designs used Trex decking and did an absolutely awesome job. Very professional. Would highly recommend them for decking and landscaping
Kelly Berry
Kelly Berry
03:27 01 May 18
21m2 of decking needed around pool area. Decking Perth provided an easy service to get the job done quickly and at a very good price. Installation contractors were switched on and provided smart options to get around a couple of problem areas. Cannot fault the installation, it is fantastic and sets off the pool area fantastically.Can highly recommend Decking Perth to anyone.
Tim Waldby
Tim Waldby
13:47 05 Oct 17
Sharon Moieni
Sharon Moieni
06:14 26 Sep 17
Made the quoting process very simple and easy and checked in regularly to make sure that we were happy with the process and the finished job.
Samantha Stenersen
Samantha Stenersen
02:06 15 Sep 17
Adrian and the team were extremely pleasant to deal with and provided friendly and informative service throughout the sales process. A thoroughly positive experience from start to finish and the Trex products we purchased look outstanding.
Jon G
Jon G
07:06 12 Sep 17
The service provided by Adrian at Decking Perth was exceptional in helping us select our decking and providing advice regarding the laying. The Torona Brown Trex decking looks great. Neville
Neville Jones
Neville Jones
04:58 06 Sep 17
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