How To Pick The Best Decking For Your Outdoor Project

Like many other people across the world, over the past year I have spent a lot of time in my garden due to lockdown. After realising the garden is a great place to relax and spend your spare time, a decking project can not only enhance your outdoor space, but it can also keep you busy and fill your time.

Not only can decking make your space look extremely modern and classy, but it can also create an additional space, perfect for outdoor entertaining or relaxing indoors.

In this post, we will be looking at the best types of timber for whatever decking project you have in mind.

What is the best wood for decking?

The best types of timber decking need to be suited to withstand the weather outside, whether this is rain, hail or scorching hot sunshine. There are many different types of timber decking that are extremely strong and are resistant to moisture, UV rays, rotting and decaying.

Merbau decking

Merbau decking is naturally strong and is able to withstand wear and tear, however its durability makes it easy to work with, which makes it perfect for outdoor projects including penthouse balconies.

It has a smooth finish to one side of the board and reeded to the other which helps to extend the products lifespan. This type of timber decking can be stained, oiled or painted to suit your taste, which makes it a versatile option.

PermaTimber boards

PermaTimber is another great option as it provides a natural timber look and comes in a wide range of modern colours to complement any outdoor decking design.

They can withstand harsh conditions which makes them the perfect solution for outdoor decking, as well as being a very low maintenance product as they don’t require any staining, painting or oiling.

Spotted gum boards

The native Australian timber Spotted gum naturally has high durability and strength, as it has been kiln dried (KN) for superior strength and dimensional stability.

Its standard appearance grade ensures a moderate level of natural characteristics which guarantee a unique, organic look that adds visual warmth and creates any outdoor space into a natural haven.

Blackbutt New England decking

Blackbutt New England decking is a Hardwood Kiln Dried for superior stability and durability. It is a versatile timber decking which can also be used for screening, seating and fencing, as is commonly used in bushfire prone areas due to its resistance to fire (BAL 19).

Where will you lay it?

The first step of your new decking project is to begin the planning process by deciding where you will be building your decking and what you want the purpose of it to be for. Are you going to use it to entertain and socialise? Or will it be used as a relaxing space for you and your family to enjoy?

By knowing firstly what you will be using the decking for, it can help you to determine where you would like the location to be and what type of timber you are going to choose.

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