You want to build a natural timber deck? Nothing beats the look of natural timber, so you’re off to a good start. Now all you have to do is choose your decking timber. Rather than look at every species of timber on the planet that’s rated for outdoor use, look first at these popular decking timbers. One of them is sure to be just right for your deck and pocketbook.
Looking for timber options that suit the Sunshine coast climate?
Note: The “H” (Hazard) rating will tell you if its suitable for outdoor use and if the posts can come in contact with the ground.
We recommend the following Wood for Decks
Please note: images are for example purposes, decking timber will vary in colour & look.
Radiata Pine takes stain or paint well, so you can make your deck any colour you like.
It’s grown to become one of the most popular decking timbers because it is one of the least expensive options and can make a great looking deck.
The “H” (Hazard) rating will tell you if its suitable for outdoor use and if posts can come in contact with the ground, we can help you choose the “H” rating for your decking, joists, posts & other components.
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Spotted gum, like jarrah and blackbutt, is a good choice for bushfire prone areas.
It has a durability rating of 2, which makes it a good timber for decking. Spotted gum is often plantation grown in Australia, making it a good choice from an environmental standpoint.
It has greater colour variations than blackbutt, ranging from a pale brown to chocolate brown. Spotted gum is a dense timber that shrinks very little compared with other timbers. It has low tannin content, so doesn’t “bleed” like some native timbers do.
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Merbau has a high durability rating of 2 and is rot and insect resistant.
In the past, merbau was one of the most popular decking timbers and was even used to build house frames. It is still a popular decking timber and is less expensive than most other decking timbers.
Much of the merbau used comes from Southeast Asian rainforests. Look for sustainably harvested merbau, costs a little more, but it sends the message that we care about the environment.
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This wood has natural oils in the bark that give it its vibrant colour.
The yellow balau wood properties are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use because it is resistant to rot, decay, insects, fungus, and water damage.
The colour can range from light brown to dark brown with darker streaks throughout the timber. It also resists warping when exposed to high levels of humidity or dry air conditions.
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Some homeowners won’t settle for anything less than Jarrah.
Jarrah is more expensive than many other decking timbers, but its beautiful colour, which ranges from light to very dark browns and reds, makes it a popular choice.
If left unsealed, Jarrah turns a pleasing grey colour over time. It has a durability rating of 2, which makes it a good decking timber. It is also fire-resistant & may be suitable for use in fire-prone areas.
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