It finally happened: the renovation-bug has bitten, and it’s time to upgrade your deck!

Start by thinking through the various steps of your project: Inspect your deck to see what you’re working with, choose which material you’d like to use to upgrade your deck, then identify other additions or improvements you can include to make your deck the perfect outdoor entertaining area.

Now that you’ve got your ideas mapped out, let’s get down to it.

How to inspect your deck

To avoid problems later on, start with a careful inspection. We often hear that during comprehensive inspections contractors tell homeowners that they will need to repair or replace subframes that weren’t installed correctly, which they only notice once the old decking boards are removed.

Make sure existing deck boards, balustrades and any fascia or mouldings are free from decay.

If on inspection you notice your boards are in bad shape, you’ll need to replace these.  Think of this as a good long-term decision – and ultimately a more cost-effective one too.

If replacing boards, you’ll want to remove the old ones, including any stairs and handrails (as applicable).  Keep going until your deck’s frame is completely exposed.

This is the moment of truth: when you get to see the true condition of your deck framing.

At this point, check necessary flashing is fitted (for example, where your deck meets the house) as a precaution against water damage.  (FYI: Flashing is a thin layer of metal or a rubber membrane that keeps water from seeping into a structure).

Also check if deck joists, bearers or posts need to be replaced.  Check for rot, cracks, insect holes, or other damage.

If your deck is raised and includes steps, replace these too because steps with direct ground contact could likely show damp-deterioration. Fascia or moulding (if present) will chip and need replacing also.

Timber vs Composite ?

Can’t decide which of these to go with? Here’s a break down on each to help you out:

a) Timber decking

Natural and durable, timber is the original decking material trusted for both style and function. It’s comfortable underfoot, stays cool in the sun and ideal for WA’s climate.

Timber decking is strong and durable, smells all nice and ‘organic’ and is generally more affordable than composite decking. It’s also highly practical for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.

Timber is also very Australian.

Australian hardwoods, (spotted gum, jarrah, blackbutt and others) each have a distinctive grain, texture, feel and colour.

So, what are the drawbacks?

Maintenance: timber does need seasonal care to keep it in top shape.

Unmaintained wood can split, crack and change colour – oiling or staining your deck at regular intervals will keep it beautiful over time.

Timber is vulnerable to white ants and other bugs- however, you can keep harmful bugs at bay by treating your timber.

With consistent vigilance and regular upkeep, your timber deck is likely to last more that a few years.

b) Composite decking

Long-lasting Composite decking has the combined benefits of being eco-friendly, durable and sturdy while requiring very little maintenance.

It is made up of recycled plastic bags, wood chips, sawdust and reclaimed timber.  The result is a fantastic looking, eco-friendly board, devised with sustainability in mind.

Some composite boards also have a high-performance shell which wraps around three sides providing protection for the visable part from the elements and yet allowing the core to breath on the unseen rear side.  It also keeps it safe from fading, staining, scratches and mould!

This type of decking is a firm favourite for busy families, because it’s ‘ready to go’ and doesn’t require the routine sanding, staining or painting – as is the case with timber.

It is also warp resistant, hard-wearing and has high resistance to wear and tear and comes with substantial warranty periods.

Composite’s advantages include:

  • Regular, standard board length
  • No risk of rotting or termite infestation
  • It’s quick and easy to install
  • Comes with fire resistance and anti-slip properties
  • Weather and stain resistant
  • Develops no splits nor splinters

All up, composite wood decking is a super choice for your outdoor area.  Its stylish look has the feel of real timber – without the maintenance.

With superb high-definition wood grain patterns and elegant tropical hardwood finishes, Trex® decking is engineered with a low-sheen, high-traffic technology, ensuring its timeless durability.

Deck improvements and ideas

When you finally emerge from cleaning, repair, staining or replacing your desk, you might consider additional aesthetics.

These simple ideas can add delight to your deck, and suit just about any budget:

Make it bloom

Plants and flowers add extra bursts of colour to your deck. Hang potted plants, or rest these on brick supports.

Style with balustrades

Edge your deck with a balustrade to add a style statement. These enhance safety too (especially if your deck is slightly above ground level).

Veg out

If you have a raw-food leaning, why not plant veggies in narrow planters? Be space wise and grow varieties like herbs, tomatoes, beans and carrots. Then relax and soak up the joy of watching these grow.

Posts and panels

For a sophisticated look, and to keep the wind at bay, add evenly spaced posts around your deck’s perimeter. Connect these with glass panels to enjoy the view.

Bring indoors, outdoors

Bring inside living, outdoors. Use furnishings and pieces which create zones for barbeque, dining or lounging.


Experiment with outdoor rugs, colourful cushions, fire pits and furnishings to warm up your decking space.

Light your night

Create a magical effect using twinkling outdoor fairy lights, or solar lights.  If your deck has steps, extra light will not only look stunning but will keep accidents at bay.

Reach out for help

Upgrading your deck need not be an overwhelming task.  Like anything, it’s all in the planning.  Take it on one task at a time.

Of course, here at Decking Perth we’re only too happy to help.  If it’s advice you’re after or assistance with choosing the right decking material – just ask our experienced team of decking professionals.

Get A Quote

Whether you know what decking you want, or you’d like a quote on a variety of products, talk to Decking Perth. We offer competitive prices on all products and accessories which are sourced from local and international suppliers.

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If you’d like to see and feel your decking before you buy, come and visit our showroom in Balcatta. We have displays of timber decking and composite timber that you can walk on to get a real feel of how your decking will look.

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We provide every product you’ll need to install your deck. From the smallest accessory to decking frames to pre-oiled timber boards.


We carefully select our timber suppliers and work with world-leading composite decking brands to ensure you get a quality product.


We’ll help you get three free quotes from certified decking installers. Complete peace of mind knowing you’ll get the quality installation you expect.


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
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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