Decks add an extra dimension to your home. They’re low maintenance and don’t require mowing. When I think about decks I envisage an outdoor area that’s great for entertaining.

Once you’ve committed to building a deck you’ll need to decide on what type of timber to use.

While there are a number of options available, for durability and minimal environmental impact, recycled timber is a must.

Common varieties include: Blackbutt, Broadleaf Ironbark, Greybox, Grey Ironbark, Ironbark, Spotted gum and Tallowwood. These can be treated or left to weather going silver over time.

Once you’ve sourced your timber, you’ll need to build the framework for your deck. This is the tricky part and you’ll need an experienced decker or professional help - contact JSI for a free estimate.

Decks need to be level and square, so being a few millimetres out in the frame, may be the difference between being able to place your drink on the table, or watching it topple over every time.

For the frame you’ll need: timber posts, joists, stirrups, concrete, and coach bolts.

Working to a plan, follow the five steps below:

  1. Prepare the ground beneath the deck - this includes digging your post holes - remember to dial before you dig
  2. Lay out the deck using string or a chalk line - this will ensure your measurements are accurate and will help you visualise the finished product
  3. Set out your posts/stirrups and bearers and joists - there should be at least 75mm clearance between the ground and the bottom post to deter termites and other pests
  4. Fit the decking - this is the fun part and you’ll need to work a pattern (even if it’s a random one) for laying the wood
  5. To oil or not oil - that is the final question. While a finished and oiled deck looks beautiful, leaving timber to age gracefully also looks great. If you do oil, I’d recommend a good brand of tung oil.

Once complete, just sit back and enjoy the view.

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