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Melbourne Decking Builders FAQ

Which is best for Decks, Hardwoods or Softwoods? 2017-08-22T05:27:31+00:00

Either can be used but the majority of decks are constructed in treated Softwood as these are generally more available, more cost effective and easier to work with.

Hardwoods require much more maintenance and if left alone, they will fade quickly to the same colour as Softwoods.

What’s the difference between hardwoods and softwoods? 2017-08-22T05:26:05+00:00

Hardwoods come from deciduous, broadleaved trees while softwoods come from coniferous, evergreen trees. Hardwoods are generally classified as naturally durable without treatment while softwoods have to be treated. Not all hardwoods are suitable, however.

Is the use of Timber for Decking environmentally friendly? 2017-08-22T05:24:27+00:00

Yes. Unlike most construction materials, wood comes from a renewable source.

What are the advantages of using you over your competitors? 2017-08-22T05:22:02+00:00
  • We are one of Melbourne’s busiest Deck, Carport, Pergola and Verandah Builders which means we get great pricing on the raw materials used to build your dream outdoor lifestyle project.
  • We have lower overheads so our prices are very competitive.
  • Quotes are done by our managing director who is an experienced builder (14 years) rather than a salesman. You deal with the managing director from start to finish.
  • We specialise in Verandahs, Carports, Decks and Pergolas.
  • We do the job from start to finish including any plumbing and electrical needs that go along with it.
  • High quality product with excellent workmanship – no shortcuts.
  • We have an in-house drafting service that can take your ideas to create finished plans and get any necessary permits approved.
Do you take care of council permits? 2017-08-22T05:17:28+00:00

Yes. We work with private surveyors to obtain all permit approvals and arrange inspections.

How high should my Timber Carport be? 2017-08-22T05:15:37+00:00

When ordering, it is important to note that the height is defined as the lowest point near the sides of the carport. If you need a specific clearance for your RV, car, boat, or anything else you store under the carport, please verify that requirement before requesting a quote. The clearance for your vehicle is typically the height of the side legs.

Do I need to seal my Timber Deck? 2017-08-22T05:12:19+00:00

Yes, to preserve the natural colour of the Timber. A wide variety of decking treatments are available but many people prefer simple decking oil for a natural look.

Why do some Timber Decks ‘Bounce’? 2017-08-22T05:11:11+00:00

Some Timber Decks bounce because the frame hasn’t been constructed properly. Common reasons are; joists not substantial enough, joists spaced too far apart, joists spanning too great a distance without support.

Once again, choosing an experienced decking installer will guarantee correct frame construction.

Is Timber Decking slippery? 2017-08-22T05:09:31+00:00

Not if proper decking timbers are used. The large DIY stores sell decking boards with square grooves machined into the face. These grooves fill with dirt & become slippery especially when wet.

As an experienced decking installer in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne we use proper decking timbers that have a profile machined proud of the face of the board.

I’m not sure where best to build a deck in my garden, can someone advise me on various designs, permits and costs? 2017-08-22T05:08:06+00:00

If you take along the measurements of your garden, Timber Decking Now will be able to advise you of various options and and provide you with a free quote to suit your budget.

My garden is sloping, can I still install a deck? 2017-08-22T05:04:35+00:00

Decking is an ideal solution for sloping gardens. The manner of construction (ground mounted posts supporting a sub-frame) means slopes can be eradicated quickly and cost effectively without the need to build heavy foundations or excavate large quantities of soil.

Can I put lighting in my deck? 2017-08-22T05:03:18+00:00

Yes, there are large number of lighting systems available, the most popular being small up lighters that are recessed into the top surface of the boards.

How long does a Timber Deck last? 2017-08-22T05:00:41+00:00

As long as the right materials have been used to construct it and it is maintained effectively during its lifetime, a timber deck should be a long-lasting structure to enjoy for many years,

Most importantly, your timber deck boards and indeed all of the timber used in the construction of the decking, should be sufficiently durable to provide long term performance in outdoor use.  It should be made from pressure treated softwood, chemically modified or heat treated timber or a species with sufficient inherent natural durability.

With pressure treated timber, the application of preservative varies according to end use. If any pressure treated timber is cut during the construction, the cut ends must be hand treated with an end grain preservative, to protect any untreated material inside the timber . This can be purchased from many merchants and is easy to paint on with a brush.

Using the correct deck fixings will also maximise the life of your timber deck.

Finally, you can make a big difference to the life of your timber deck by following some sensible deck maintenance guidelines. Regular brushing with a stiff brush will help to keep the deck free from the build-up of debris, moss and grime. This is particularly important in shady areas, where leaves, branches and debris might collect and collect moisture. Place plant pots on small “feet” to raise them from the surface and to allow adequate drainage. It can also be advisable to move their location a little from time to time.

Take the time to review and check your timber deck for any deterioration or damage, at least once per year. This will ensure that any small problems are resolved before they take hold.

Deck building costs: how much should I be paying? 2017-08-22T04:54:17+00:00

Consider the following when reviewing your potential decking costs:

  • What materials do you want to use? Hardwood decking will always be more expensive, but correctly treated softwood decking can be easier to work with and long-lasting. Don’t skimp on cheap fixings.
  • Can you do the work yourself or should you budget for professional help? If you are going to take time off work to do the work, consider the cost of doing so and whether this is really the cheapest option overall.
  • A large deck will always be more expensive – and take more time to maintain. Think how you will use the decking and what the optimum size might be – it could be smaller than you think!
  • Complex designs will always increase decking costs. Understand what aspects are costing the most and be sure that you want to include them.
  • Ask an estate agent their opinion on the added value of a timber deck in your area. If it would add $20,000 to the value of your home, it can give you an indication of budget.
  • Finally, do consider what you can actually afford to spend. Decking costs don’t need to be enormous to enjoy the benefit of a fresh outdoor space.
What is Composite Decking and is it superior to Timber Decking? 2017-08-22T04:47:35+00:00

Composite decking is a blend of recycled wood and plastic that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Today’s composite decking offers exceptional durability, resilience and performance that you can’t get from traditional decking timbers. Composite decking doesn’t split, chip, warp or rot and is perfect for withstanding the elements!

Composite decking is also won’t splinter and is slip resistant (unlike wet wood).

Should I buy a Wood/Timber or Composite Deck? 2017-08-22T04:45:04+00:00

The biggest advantages favouring a timber (wood) deck are cost and visual appeal. Wood decking is usually around 20% – 30% cheaper than comparable composite decking, installed. Timber decks also require regular maintenance which over time can erode most if not all the discount vs composite decking.

The main advantages of composite decking are that it’s maintenance free, lasts longer and usually has a generous warranty. It also requires no staining.

How quickly can you build my Deck, Verandah and/or Carport? 2017-08-22T04:40:39+00:00

We manage one of the largest decking installer crews in Melbourne which means we can not only provide you with a great price, we can also have your deck, verandah and/or carport built professionally and quickly to your specific needs.

Can you compete on price against other Decking Builders? 2017-08-22T04:38:49+00:00

Absolutely. We buy all of our timber and composite decking materials in bulk which keeps our pricing low, which in turn keeps us extremely price competitive.