How to choose the best decking material for your home

An outdoor deck can make a fabulous addition to your home.

Not only is it a great DIY challenge but you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits an outdoor space can offer, from reading outside in the sun, to hosting an alfresco dinner party for friends. A deck doesn’t just make your outdoor space more accessible, it can also add real value to your property when you’re ready to sell.

We caught up with home improvement specialist Brad Byrnes to talk all things decks, from the best timber to use for decking to other decking material options such as bamboo and synthetic.

modern decking timber and pool

Find the best decking material

One of your first steps will be to select the right decking material. Consider these questions:

  • How much repair and maintenance are you willing to do?
  • Do you want a deck that can withstand the elements?
  • Will you want to update the look of your deck on a regular basis?
  • Is choosing a ‘green’ decking material important to you?

To help answer these questions, we’ve put together a simple guide to help you choose the best decking material to suit your needs.

Your guide to decking materials

Natural wood

“Decking timber is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also extremely durable – so long as it’s well maintained. A high quality timber can look gorgeous and is definitely worth the investment,” says Brad.

best hardwood timber for decking

“Maintenance is something you’ll need to factor in with a natural wood deck. Exposed to the elements, it can weather over time, so if you don’t want it to split, crack or rot, you’ll need to stain and seal the timber on a regular basis.


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