When you’ve finished renovating the inside of your home, it’s time to move on the to exterior. Adding a new outdoor deck to your home is an excellent way to increase the value and aesthetic appeal of one of your biggest financial assets. To help you, the Central Coast has a range of experts ready to satisfy your decking needs. There are a variety of factors to take into consideration when adding an outdoor deck to your home. Where it will be located, what materials to use, budget and maintenance. Once you’ve thought about all of these, you’re ready to get started on your new outdoor centrepiece. Where you want to put the deck will have a big impact on the type of material used to build it. A deck that is exposed to the sun all day will wear and fade quicker than one that is covered by shade or protected by a roof. Then there’s the level of maintenance you are willing to do. Different materials have different needs and maintenance will vary between them. While most likely your maintenance will be on an annual basis, increased exposure to the weather can increase the maintenance rate. Also keep in mind that different materials can be easier to maintain than others. Often the first step you will take is your budget; this will have an overall impact on your choices when planning your new deck. When consulting with a Central Coast deck builder, tell them your budget and goals and they will be able to advise you on
the most appropriate decking solution for you. Possibly the most difficult choice you’ll make will be the decking material. Each material has it’s own pros and cons, and which one you use will depend on your overall budget and needs. Australia has four decking materials that are most commonly used. Merbau is the most common timber decking in Australia, and is just one of the hardwood timber decking materials available throughout the Central Coast. Hardwood needs an annual timber finish or oil but is stylish and the popular choice for most Australian decks. Treated pine is the cheaper alternative to hardwood decking making it a good choice for large decks or small budgets. Like hardwood, treated pine needs a yearly oil to maintain but has the benefit of being able to be easily painted or altered. The other common decking materials found on the Central Coast are composite decking and modular decking. Composite decking is a mixture of wood fibres and plastic, making it incredibly easy to maintain with just a simple clean. Modular decking is pre-made wood decking that is easy to install, perfect for the DIY. Once your deck has been planned and budgeted for, leave it to your Central Coast deck builder to create and install your dream deck. Your deck builders will be able to recommend what oils and methods you should use to maintain your deck to keep it looking fantastic. Once your new outdoor area is complete you can enjoy sitting back on your stylish timber deck and enjoy the Central Coast weather.