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When installing decking you have two options, Timber Decking or Composite Decking. Before you make your decision or calculate the decking cost, you should consider: 

  • the location of the deck 
  • the time you’ll have to maintain it 
  • the ongoing cost of each decking option

If you’re getting a decking quote for both timber and composite, ask us about ongoing costs and maintenance. We’ll help you choose the perfect decking for your property.   

Which decking is right for you?

Timber Decking

Australian timber deck

Timber decking refers to both hardwood and softwood timbers. One of the biggest benefits of timber decking is its natural look. As decking is predominantly designed for the outdoors, timber fits seamlessly into the surroundings.

As a natural product, timber decking requires some ongoing maintenance and care to ensure it stays looking good.  Some of the more popular timber decking products include:

  • Merbau
  • Spotted Gum
  • Jarrah
  • Blackbutt
  • Fijian Mahogany

While timber may require periodical maintenance, it is certainly still regarded as a highly durable product. Some wood, like Fijian Mahogany can be sealed with clear Cutek  for a raw, weathered look. Most other timbers need the Colour Tone added to Cutek to keep the natural colour, and highlight the intricate patterns. You can also add extra colour tone to moderately change the timber to match the colour scheme of your outdoor area. 

Some other benefits of timber decking include:

  • Unique and varied appearance – no two timber boards are the same
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Easy to install
  • Can be maintained to keep the timber look  or left to silver off
  • Scratches and marks are not obvious
  • Hardwood is a natural product
  • Timber decking cost per square meter is less than alternatives

To discover more about timber decking or get a decking quote, fill in your details above.

Composite Decking

Trex pool decaking pergola

Composite decking continues to grow in popularity. People love it for its long-lasting nature and eco-friendly design. It’s also an extremely low maintenance decking option, meaning you spend less time working and more time relaxing.

Composite decking is commonly made up of 95% recycled wood fibres and recycled plastic. That means no trees are cut down to create your composite deck. In fact, much of the plastic that is used in composite decking would have ended up as landfill. That’s a double bonus for the environment.

Another great benefit of composite is the colour choice. Composite decking comes in a wide range of colours that will complement your existing décor. Depending on the product you choose, the surface of composite decking can be:

  • Fade resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Mould resistant
  • Scratch resistant

Installation is also quite a simple task, though it’s always advised that you use a qualified installer to do the job. Composite decks use a hidden fastener system which makes use of the built-in grooves and results in a smooth surface.

As mentioned, composite decking is low maintenance and requires only semi-annual cleaning with a hose and general household cleaner.

Composite decking is perfect for residential properties and is also commonly used for schools, council projects, public spaces and many other high traffic areas.

When you are getting your deck quotes, you’ll notice that the cost of composite decking is slightly higher than timber decking. However, consider the lifetime decking cost – not just the cost per square metre. 

To discover more about composite decking or get a decking quote, fill in your details above.