Building a deck? A few things to consider before you start
Summer has finally arrived and that means decking season is in full swing.
Some of you might be considering building a deck to extending your outdoor living area or revitalising the old one. The decking market has changed quite a bit over the past few years, so it can get a little confusing with all the different types of decking available.
With a wide range of decking surfaces and sub-frames available on the market, how would you know which would be best for your situation
To help out, here are a few things to consider before you start:
1. What is the deck going to be used for?
To make sense of it all it is helpful to think of what the area is going to be utilised for. Do you go for the traditional wood decking that would require regular maintenance such as regular cleaning, staining and varnish just to keep it looking like the day it was installed? Or go with a composite board that more than likely will last much longer and only requires a wash once in a while?
2. Type of decking subframe.
We won't go into much detail here because this has been covered in a previous post "3 Deck substructure frame options to consider” but here is a summary of the three main types you would find on the market today.
• Traditional timber framing.
• Expensive steel deck framing,
• The lightweight, ultra-durable aluminium deck frame system, QWICKBUILD.
3. Price range?
Probably the most important thing to take into consideration would be pricing. There are several different levels of pricing starting with chemically pressure treated boards like pine. Moving up to hardwoods like vitex or kwila and wood composite decking boards like Eco-Decking, and lastly capped composite boards like Resortdeck are a bit further up the price spectrum.
Installation would also need to be factored in will it be a DIY job or will a contractor be doing the install. This is where choosing the correct sub frame would save you not only time but money as well.
4. Colours and decking materials?
Composite decking is made from a blend of recycled wood fiber and HDPE plastics. It is good to take into consideration that not all composite decking boards are made equal but that is a whole other topic.
However, Outdure’s Eco-Decking is available in three different nature-inspired colours, namely Almond, Ash, and Walnut. Eco-Decking is UV resistant, won't warp or crack, or give off nasty splinter like traditional timbers. All the boards come with hidden fasteners, so no face fixing is required.
At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference and pricing, but would you rather save now and spend a whole lot of time, effort and money on upkeep or get a beautiful deck that you know will last and will cause you fewer headaches in the long run?
Winter may well and truly be here, but it’s the perfect time to start thinking of upgrading your outdoor decking area to a space ideal for entertaining all year round. With some clever design elements and low-maintenance materials.
While creating an outdoor deck isn’t as daunting a prospect as renovating an entire home, it’s still a big task, even for seasoned builders. Provided you’ve got easy-to-install materials, it’s possible to get an outdoor entertaining area done in a weekend.
When it comes to outdoor decking projects, Shelley Craft is no stranger to what is involved. With a long history of hosting some of Australia’s most popular DIY Television shows, from The Great Outdoors to Domestic Blitz and more recently The Block, Shelley knew what she was in for when it came to building her house and ensuring it achieved a great outdoor space that all Australian’s love!