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Are looking to maximize your outdoor space with something that is both practical and visually appealing? Then a deck is what you need. Decking can come in a variety of materials and styles to choose from. By installing one, you can increase your property value by enhancing the surroundings, offering a natural look with ease of maintenance in longevity, and minimizing slip risks. Whether you want a deck built around existing trees to provide natural shade or an elevated, free-standing deck, there are different choices and benefits to go with decking.
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A deck is generally made from wood timber material which can come in a range of options. When choosing what type of deck you would like though, there are two options to choose from first. That is to go with either a hardwood or softwood decking. With hardwood decking, wood types include slow-growing, broad-leaved trees such as cherry and oak. You’ll want to choose this decking type if you are looking for something highly durable and weather resistant.
However, while sturdy, hardwood decking holds a hefty price tag in comparison to softwood decking. Softwood decking mainly has wood types that include fast-growing trees such as pine and evergreens. Though this decking is more affordable, it involves treating preservative chemicals and the wood only lasts longer as long as you regularly clean it and reseal it when necessary.
Outside of choosing between a hardwood or softwood deck, you may also consider your options for material which include the following:
One of the main benefits that you will find with timber wood decking is how durable it is. Depending on the type of wood you decide on though, there can be a range of sizes to choose from along with varying durability and hardness. A timber species’ hardness is generally determined by what is called the ‘Janka’ rating. It basically measures the material’s resistance to wear and tear for decking purposes; the higher the number, the harder the timber.
A thing to note though, when considering a deck, if it is 1m or more from the ground, it will need a balustrade or handrail around the perimeter. A balustrade is typically built-in timber, balustrades can also be made from glass or include stainless steel horizontal wiring. Whatever materials or style you go for, a deck can be rather versatile. If you’d like, you can also have features added like built-in bench seats that double as storage areas with a hinged top, built-in planter boxes or even ice buckets to add a unique and functional aspect. With the right service, you can not only have quality results but a deck to meet your style as well.
We at Darwin Carpenters aim to build decks that will complement your spaces’ overall look and functionality. You can be assured that we will give you ample time to discuss your specifications and preferences for your decks. From this, we can come up with a detailed plan and execute the carpentry project for you efficiently and professionally. By choosing to work with us, we will ensure that your deck meets both functionality and visual appeal.