Which Timber to Use for Outdoor Decking?

Decks make a wonderful place to enjoy the outside. They’re a perfect spot for entertaining with family and guests. But when choosing the right decking material, it can be difficult to decide which one is best.

Choosing the right type of wood for decks is basically a matter of personal preference, but there are factors that may influence your choice. Some people prefer using cheaper woods because they want to save money, while others choose nicer materials because they consider them to be aesthetically pleasing and for their longevity.

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Here we’ll take a look at some of the common types of wood that could be used for decks.


Merbau is one of the best choices available for outdoor wooden decks because it is naturally durable, easy to install, and has an attractive appearance. It offers an excellent quality finish that can last for a lifetime if properly cared for. Wood decks made from merbau are also suitable for wet environments. Its resistance to moisture prevents rot and decay of wood and provides protection against insects and mould growth.

Spotted Gum

Spotted gums are one of the most popular options when building decks out of timber. Spotted gums are hard and durable, and it is a good natural deterrent against termites.


Ironbark is an attractive timber that comes in various shades of colour including light beech, dark beech, mahogany, honey beech and golden beech. It’s also strong against fire, termites and rot.

Silvertop Ash

Silver Top Ash is a tree that comes from southeastern Australia, growing in southern NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and northern Queensland sustainably harvested.

Silvertop Ash wood is extremely durable and easy to use, yet it is prone to splitting, so take precautions when using the material.

Treated Pine

If you know which kinds of wood are best for decking, then it’s pretty obvious that the Australian treated pine is one of the better options out there. It’s easier to cut, treat, and paint; has a longer lifespan; and requires less maintenance to keep up its looks.


Blackbutt has become one of the most widely planted eucalyptus species in Australia, due to its fast-growing characteristics and ease of harvest. Its wood is highly prized as an ornamental tree, and it is often grown in parks, gardens, and on golf courses. It is also widely planted in residential and commercial developments.

Deck builders in Melbourne

When building an outdoor deck, there are lots of decisions to make about everything from colour choices to materials. One thing that really matters though is the landscaping surrounding the property and the timber used in garden beds to create a seamless design all throughout the lawn.

At Bayside Landscaping, we work closely with our clients to ensure that every feature of their home’s deck is implemented perfectly.

To learn more about how we can create a stunning outdoor environment for your home, contact us today!

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