Are you in the market for a newly designed outdoor living area to add to your existing property? Maybe that perfect entertainment area for your backyard? A fresh front entrance perhaps, adding excitement and that welcoming feeling as you walk up to the front entrance of your home?
Well then, a deck will be the way to go. Not only will a deck add value to your property but will also add a comfortable space to suit your lifestyle needs all year round. Choosing the perfect deck can be a tough and frustrating one.
At Outdoor Society, we are professional and trusted Landscapers and construction builders in the Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula region. We are here to help.
What Deck is right for you?
There are many deck types and designs to consider with different deck patterns and timbers to choose from. Choosing the right one is crucial when it comes to complimenting your new or existing landscape and house structure. Your deck can be responsible for adding that general feel for the perfect space you desire.
There is a range of different timbers along with oils and stains to suit both soft and hardwood products, that not only protect it but will give it that vibrant colour that it truly deserves, delivering a perfect finished project.
4 popular decking choices in Melbourne are:
- Spotted gum:
One of the most popular choices in Australia due to its affordable price and colours, ranging from light to dark browns which works well in almost every landscape. A number one choice in the landscaping and pool industry adding to the modern feel and design.
Merbau is an incredibly beautiful orange-brown colour that reddens with age. It originated in South East Asia but is now commonly grown in parts of Queensland. Merbau is a dense timber which makes it more durable than most. A Merbau deck will last up to 40 years without decay or rotting. Highly recommended by professionals. Not only does it look fantastic but it works well structurally.
Jarrah ranges from light to very dark brown and red colours making it a popular choice for homeowners. Leaving it untreated over time, jarrah turns into a pleasant grey colour. It is also fire resistant making it suitable for fire-prone areas.
- Treated Pine:
Treated Pine is another excellent option to look into, as it is a durable softwood, termite resistant, and cost-effective! It has utmost flexibility, allowing the homeowner to paint or stain the decking to match your home’s aesthetic. If treated right this decking can last 15-20 years.
What is required to maintain your Deck?
Once the deck has been completed with your chosen timber it is always important to preserve the look and quality by staining and oiling it. Staining and oiling your deck will not only keep it looking brand new but will become essential when it comes to protection and maintenance. Maintaining your deck also maximises its lifespan, so the whole family can use it for many years to come.
There are two types of decking oils. Water-based and non-water-based. Each will have its own advantages. Water-based generally lasts longer while non-water-based penetrates the timber giving it that natural look.
Staining your deck is another alternative. Staining gives more UV protection but will also give you the option to change the colour of your timber depending on what stain you use. Staining or oiling are both highly recommended when it comes to a finished product.
What can I use my deck for?
Incorporating a deck can be a great investment into your home. Decking can add function to your home, whilst still incorporating the outdoors. Decking is a great way to still enjoy being sheltered but outdoors during the winter and autumn months. Many home entertainers are drawn to the value of having decking in their outdoor space.
There are many aspects to consider when incorporating other structures with decks. It makes a perfect match next to, or around a pool. They are great for lounging around before taking that first dive on a hot summer day. A deck can be used as a great barbecue area with seating when hosting parties for family and friends, or the perfect space for an outdoor gym perhaps.
A good decking setup can always be a big hit when it comes to a range of architectural structures combined with it.
Some popular deck ideas include:
- Pergola to cover the decking for shade and comfort. This will also extend the life of your deck.
- Raised garden beds with a vast selection of plants and water features to give that oasis feel to it.
- A fire pit for winter gatherings and warmth outdoors.
- Screens for privacy or built-in lights making your deck really stand out.
- Outdoor kitchen for all family and friend’s entertainment purposes.
- Built-in bench seating which requires less maintenance (not having to move due to weather) also giving you more seating space but leaving you still with area space on your decking.
- Custom-built steps to separate elements and spaces.
These are all things to consider if you want to not only impress but to feel that sense of serenity in your own backyard.
Like a lot of building projects, decks also have important aspects to consider alongside rules and regulations before, during, and after the building process.
Can I build the deck myself?
Depending on the size and height of your deck you may need permits from your local council. If the deck is built next to or around a pool, a pool fence will need to be put in place for mandatory pool compliance. For larger scale, decks with other structures added you may require a professional builder.
At Outdoor Society we ensure that any new structure such as a deck passes all building codes and practices. We ensure it is installed in the correct way, for maximum safety and legal purposes.
We hope that the information provided will not only help on your journey but also inspire you on your desired design and purpose of a decking structure. It really is the perfect investment for your property and for family and friends to enjoy for years to come.
If you are after more information from a professional landscaper on designing a deck, or simply want to talk about your options please contact us here. We would love to hear from you!