Which Timber Should I Use For My Decking?

Any backyard area can benefit from having a deck. Although many people think they need a large outdoor area to have a deck, but this is a complete misconception. As long as you take in the variables of your backyard when planning your deck, decking makes the perfect addition to a backyard of any size. It can add value to your home and also provide you with a beautiful outdoor leisure space so that you can make the most of your property.

Here are some of our suggestions of things to keep in mind when choosing the right timber for your deck.

Things to Consider

Of course you want your decking to be attractive; however, you also need to take into consideration the practical applications of timber and whether they’ll be suited for your space. Taking these things into consideration can help you to narrow down your options.

Where Will Your Deck Be?

The environment your deck will be in will help determine the material you use. For example, some timber fades more than others when in the sun. Furthermore, you should also take into consideration the location of your home in general – are you in a fire prone area? Do you live on the coast where the air is much saltier? There are some timbers that are much better suited to these kinds of climates than others.

The Level of Your Deck?

Your deck’s level will depend on the landscape of your backyard but, luckily, there is an option for every scenario:

  • Ground Level: The most common type of deck as it is cheap and easy to build while still providing your backyard with star quality.
  • Raised Decking: Perfect for a sloping or split-level backyard. It is also a great way of opening your home to be able to view the surrounding landscape.
  • Multi-Level Decking: A great way of maximising the space of your backyard and allows you to use the different spaces for completely different uses. For example, one area may be used to barbeques and dining and the other could be a pool or garden bed.

Some timbers, like Jarrah, change durability depending on whether they are being used for ground level or above ground use.

Your Commitment to Maintenance?

Some timbers need much more maintenance than others in order to keep them safe and looking great. When choosing your decking timber, be realistic how much time, money and effort you are willing to put into maintaining your deck in the future.

Popular Decking Timber

Here is an overview of some of the most popular types of timber.


Hardwoods are named for their durability and resilience to the harsh Australian climate. They come in a variety of colours and so can suit any backyard. When properly maintained, their good looks can last for years. However, if neglected they are prone to weathering and even rotting, so make sure to use a timber finish or oil for hardwood decking.

Popular hardwood decking options include: Jarrah, Spotted Gum, and Merbau.

Treated Pine

A versatile and affordable choice, Treated Pine has been, as the name suggests, treated to prevent decay, fungi, and termites. It may not have the initial aesthetic appeal as many hardwoods but it can be stained or painted to achieve your desired look. It is a very budget-friendly option but make sure to oil it yearly to ensure that it will last.

Composite Decking

An environmentally friendly option, Composite Decking is made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic. It comes in a variety of looks that can mimic other popular timbers like Jarrah and Silver Gum. While it is the most expensive option, it has a bunch of benefits that often make it worth the long-term investment. For example, it is extremely durable and is much less prone to warping, fading or rotting than traditional timber decks. It also requires very little maintenance – there’s no need to oil or stain it. All you have to do is wash it down with a Composite Deck Cleaner.

Need Help?

Planning your decking project and choosing the right timber for your backyard can be overwhelming, especially since there’s so much you need to take into consideration. At Everlast Services, we have 20 years experience and are more than happy to pass on our wisdom to help you out. Get in contact and we’ll happily provide you with a free measure and quote.

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