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DIY Decking Perth

When planning to build your timber deck, you first need to consider what the timber deck will be utilised for –

  • Will you require protection from the sun, or do you want an open area exposed to the elements?
  • Will the area be high traffic or will it be part of your interior-exterior entertaining area?
  • Will it be subjected to salt water i.e. surrounding a pool?
  • What type of balustrading / railing will look the best?
  • Will the overall design complement the style of your house?

Timber decks are usually exposed to the weather but combining a pergola in your designs can offer protection from the sun or rain.

For a step-by-step guide to DIY Decking including preparing the site, establishing foundations, setting of Bearers and Joists and laying of the boards, visit the Timber Decking Supply Shed and pick up your free copy of our ‘How to build …. Decks’ brochure.

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DIY Decking Perth

Decking Timber Choices

Generally, timbers should be selected that will withstand the elements and the amount of traffic expected of them. This will ensure that they remain durable and look good well into the future.

Supporting timber posts that are embedded in, or in contact with the ground, should either be highly durable timbers such as Australian hardwoods or preservative treated timbers with a hazard rating of H4 or H5. Mostly commonly treated timbers are the pinus radiata species. These timbers are resistant to termites and will ensure your timber deck is not eroded over time.

For the timber above ground which is exposed to weather, durable hardwoods such as Jarrah, Blackbutt or Merbau are ideal, however H3 rated 90mm x 22mm pine is also suitable for low traffic areas.

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Timber Maintenance

To keep your timber deck in optimal condition, a small amount of maintenance will be required annually. We recommend our Timber Decking Supply Shed waterborne sealer to provide maximum protection from the elements and to ensure that your deck looks as good as the day you installed it.

Getting your Approvals

Construction of a timber deck may need approval by your local authority and we recommend that your local Shire be consulted early, before detailed planning commences. You may need to obtain information about relevant regulations, detail required on plans, scale of drawings and what permits are required before work commences.

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