Having a space where you can relax and entertain outdoors is a must for Sunshine Coast homes.
If you’re lacking an alfresco area at your place, it may be worth considering installing a deck, not only to improve your lifestyle, but to add value to your home.
If you’re keen to get all hands on deck and join your indoors and out, here are our top tips for building a deck in your backyard with safety and success.
Where Will Your Deck be Located?
Be sure to choose a material that can withstand your particular climate conditions. For example, the amount of sun or shade your deck receives will determine whether the colour will fade quickly.
Pick the right materials
Timber decking looks natural, is durable and feels great underfoot – especially around pools. It can also be stained or painted in any colour. Composite or synthetic decking is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective timber alternative that combines plastic and wood fibre. It can be a hard decision to make, so here is a breakdown:
- Hardwoods are a great option for Australian decks – they’re extremely durable, highly resilient and can look, feel and even smell great. Popular hardwoods include Jarrah, Spotted Gum and Merbau, which is the most common timber decking in Australia.
- Treated Pine is one of the most commonly used timbers around the home, treated pine is a versatile and affordable decking choice. Treated pine is Radiata Pine that’s been pressure-treated to withstand decay, fungi and termites.
- Composite Decking is made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic, composite decking is an easy and environmentally friendly alternative to timber. Popular brands, like Ekodeck and Modwood, offer highly weather-resistant products designed specifically for Australian backyards.
Check the foundations are solid
The most solid base you can build your deck on is concrete pad footings. Their depth depends on your geographic location and what lies beneath the soil. Pour the concrete slightly higher than the surrounding ground so water doesn’t pool.
Leave room for improvement
Timber decking needs to be spaced to allow for expansion and contraction. The rule of thumb is 3mm – you can use a spacer specifically designed for this purpose or a nail. A gap will also aid water drainage and prevent timber from splitting.
Apply a protective finish
Caring for your deck is essential for ensuring its longevity. Always coat a timber deck with a penetrating sealer to fend off rot and decay, or stain it to add colour and extra protection from the elements.