Hardwood decking is all about creating a style statement whilst ensuring the maximum durability for the structure. Hardwood decking has a natural aura with individual timber species each having their own distinctive grain, colour and character.
Decking is also a great way of spending more time outdoors, without the expense of building an extension to your home. In terms of cost hardwood decking will undoubtedly involve considerably more outlay, but when balanced against the maintenance requirements of softwoods – which typically require regular re-sanding and resealing.
Indigenous Hardwoods For Decking
Some of the more commonly utilised indigenous hardwoods include cedar, redwood, jarrah, and ironbark, redgum, blackwood and northern mahogany; amongst others. Ironbark, spotted gum and tallowwood are considered some of the most durable of the local hardwoods and need very little treatment to remain durable in a fully exposed location. Jarrah is perhaps the most in need of treatment if it is to be utilised in a similar manner.
Benefits of Hardwood Decking
Hardwood decking gives you a range of benefits, including:
Is more durable than softer timbers such as pine
Makes for reduced maintenance
Can be sanded down and resealed
Less likely to mark or scratch
Increasing the value of your home
Increasing the amount of usable outdoor space; and
Decking makes the most of steep sites or inclines