timber decks MELBOURNE

There is nothing like the look and feel of a timber deck. That’s why they are considered the natural choice for your new deck. Natural timber decks are a great way to connect your home with the outdoors. This is especially true if you have natural timber floorboards in your home.

There are a lot of different choices in timber. This means there is sure to be one that suits both your budget and the look you are after.

If you are working to a budget, treated pine decking is a great option. It is a softwood that is very durable. It also offers flexibility in that you can choose various finish options – that change the look and feel of the timber.

Another popular timber is merbau. It is a great mid range option. This timber has a lovely orange-brown colour, which develops a deeper red colour as it ages. This means you know your timber deck will continue looking good for many years to come.

Other choices of timber include spotted gum. This timber comes in a range of shades from pale brown to chocolate brown. In addition, it is particularly good for bush fire prone areas. Blackbutt timber is another good choice if you live in a bush fire prone area. It has a lovely consistent pale brown colour.

Jarrah timber, although more expensive is also another popular option. It has a fabulous colour range between light to very dark browns and reds.

benefits of timber decking

There is no denying that natural timber remains a popular choice for many people in Melbourne when they decide to build their new deck. This is because there is something special about timber decking that can’t be replicated by composite decking.

In particular, if you want your deck to blend in with your garden surroundings then a natural timber is the best option. When you have a timber deck built you can sit back and enjoy watching it age naturally. Some timbers, like merbau actually improve with age. When you install a merbau deck it will deepen to a red colour as it ages.

Here are just a few of the benefits of timber decking:


Long lasting timber is the most suitable for decks. This is because your deck will be exposed to the worst of Melbourne’s rain, heat and humidity and needs to withstand this.

Some deck timbers can last up to 50 years if they are not in contact with the soil. These types of timbers include spotted gum and blackbutt. Because of their longevity they make a great choice for your deck roof. However, even if the timber is in contact with soil, its lifespan should be at least 25 years.


Timber decking is much less likely to sustain scratches and other marks when compared to composite decking. This means that you don’t have to be as careful when you are out enjoying your deck. When your timber deck needs a clean you can just do a pressure wash to get any muck or grime off.

If your timber decking starts to look tired, then you have the option of sanding it back and resealing it. This is a great way to make it look almost new again.


As there are lots of timber decking options there is sure to be one that matches your budget and lifestyle. If you are on a tight budget then treated pine provides a very affordable option. If your budget stretches a bit further then merbau could be the timber of choice for your new deck. It’s great look, along with it’s affordability makes it one of the most popular choices for Melbourne decking.


A well designed and built timber deck will most certainly increase the value of your home. As families spend more time together at home, a timber deck enhances the quality of that time. Lots of features can be added to your timber deck. This includes an alfresco kitchen, outdoor fireplace and even a spa. So now is the time to start planning!

At A & J Builders we take the time to listen to what you want from your new deck. Let us take care of everthing so you can start enjoying your outdoor deck with family and friends