There is no better feeling than sitting on a deck, drink in hand, watching the world go by. So what kind of deck should you choose? Ultimately, it all comes down to price, maintenance and aesthetics.
There are a number of no-maintenance decks on the market that are of an incredible quality. Our favourite is Trex decking which comes with a 25 year warranty! Not only does it require zero maintenance, it looks great AND it's made from recycled materials! With colours such as Island Mist (a nice beachy grey) it ticks almost every box.
The no-maintenance and looks come at a high price though with Trex being at the very top-end of the market. Prices start from $350/m2
When it comes to hardwoods, they will of course require maintenance, however, their up-front costs are significantly lower than that of composite decking.
Our favourite hardwoods to install are Spotted Gum, Merbau and Jarrah. We find that many imported woods such as Batu do not withstand the demands of the harsh Australian climate.
Merbau is the cheapest of the hardwoods with prices starting from roughly $180/m2. A spotted gum deck will set you back roughly $250/m2.
No matter the hardwood you choose, it's important that you commit to maintaining it. Your deck should be oiled at least once every 6 months. If spending your day oiling a deck doesn't sound like your cup of tea, we can quote to provide this service for you, or invest the extra money up-front for a good quality composite deck.
Check out our post here for how to maintain your deck.
Or our post here to find out what kind of questions you should be asking your deck installer.
As always, have any other questions: send them our way in the comments below.