Constructing a deck is the perfect solution for a sloping or uneven block. Hardwood timbers such as Merbau, Ironbark and Spotted Gum are an excellent choice of decking material. There grain and natural earthy hues make them a more attractive option than softwoods such as treated pine. Hardwood decking although initially more expensive than softwood, are highly durable, naturally resilient to rotting and with a coat of oil will continue to look great for many years to come.
Our team of deck builders at Landscape Shape and Form has constructed a large and varied array of timber decks. We are happy to work closely with our clients helping them construct the right deck for their needs. Our intimate knowledge of council requirements, including staircase and hand railing heights makes it easy for us to advise you on what can be achieved.
Merbau is the most commonly used timber for deck construction in Melbourne. Also known as ‘Kwila’ this durable hardwood is an introduced species from Asia and is today grown in Northern Queensland. Its colours vary from yellow-orange to a deep brown hue. Naturally resistant to termites Merbau is also used for making things such as musical instruments, boats, cabinets, tool handles and furniture. Merbau is a great choice for decking, and because our deck builders only use certified Merbau, you will have peace of mind that the Merbau used for your deck is from a well managed sustainable forest.
Treated Pine Decking
Treated pine is probably the next most common timber that decks are built from, behind Merbau. Unlike Merbau it is a soft wood species. Generally softwoods are very strong structurally. Treated pine is more commonly used for applications such as house framing, pergola posts, flooring, and beams. It is a great material to use for a deck, however its colour is not as appealing as Merbau, which is why it used less commonly.