Decks Central Coast
Your one stop shop for Decks on the Central Coast
Are you looking for deck ideas that will inspire your next backyard project? Thinking about creating a wonderful transition space that enhances the indoor/outdoor flow through your home?
Adding a deck to your house can add value to the property, as well as increase your own enjoyment of your home. According to data collected by Houzz Australia, 86% of Australians have plans to make structural changes to their homes – and of these, 43% planned to add a deck, the most popular project.
Decks can serve a variety of purposes and are a versatile option for homeowners. A good deck idea can increase the living space available to you and turn a lacklustre outdoor area into an alfresco entertaining space.
A deck is a versatile option, whether you want to create a veranda-like deck to wrap around your home, use it in courtyards, to create balconies or even just to expand your living area into the great outdoors. A deck is perfect for family get-togethers, barbecues and surrounding a pool.
At Central Coast Elite Carpentry, we have built a reputation for superior workmanship and exceptional results at a fair price. Central Coast Elite Carpentry is made up of a team of qualified professionals with years of experience designing and building timber decking on the Central Coast area.
Our team of carpenters are reliable and efficient and deliver exceptional results. Your project will be completed on time and on budget. Attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of Central Coast Elite Carpentry. Our carpenters pride themselves on creating great looking, functional outdoor areas that will serve you well for years to come.
Once the deck is finished, we complete a thorough inspection of the work area to ensure that our extremely high standards of workmanship have been met and that we have left your property clean and tidy.
When it comes to premium quality decking across the Central Coast, be sure to choose experienced deck builders to get the job done. With the help Central Coast Elite Carpentry, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to add a touch of style to your home, thanks to our professionally built timber decks.
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A range of factors will affect the total cost of your deck, specifically:
- The size of your deck in square metres
- The type of timber you choose
- Accessories, including the type of timber used for your bearers & joists, as well as all the nuts, bolts, posts, handrails and stairs
- If your deck includes stairs and/or a balustrade
- Site conditions, including soil type
- Elevation, an elevated deck is more labour intensive and requires adherence to stricter specifications
Planning your timber deck
You need to do some planning before any work on your timber deck begins - including:
- Budget and how much you must spend which will determine what timber you can afford for your project
- Which timber you want, with colour, durability and suitability for where you live
- What your project looks like, specifically the size and height of your deck and if it is going to be freestanding
- Approvals you need, including if your deck needs to conform to Australian Standards for bushfire zones
At Central Coast Elite Carpentry, we take the headache out of it for you. With our Central Coast carpenters and project managing experience, we guarantee the project to run smoothly and efficiently. Our combination of efficient organisation and clear communication between team and client are just some of the key factors to delivering the project to client satisfaction.
Best timbers for pool decking
Pool decking is an option you may want to choose if you don't want pool pavers. However, you need to think about the type of material you use. Not all timbers are suitable for pool decking Central Coast and some timbers will cost more than others. Also consider alternative decking materials that may be more appropriate for the area surrounding your pool.
When timber gets wet, it shrinks and then expands as it dries. Some timbers do this more than others. In general, hardwoods are better for pool decking than softwoods and some hardwoods are better than others. Some better timbers for pool decking include:
- Spotted gum
- Fiji Mahogany
The deck will look like an extension of the pool instead of an add on that may look like it wasn't designed to fit in with the pool design. Aside from shrinkage and expansion, chlorine can discolour some timbers and saltwater can also be a problem on some timber decks. Our pool decking Central Coast specialists can help you choose.
Alternatives to timber decking
Timber decking is not the only possibility. Some products look like timber but stand up better around pools. If you want timber decking, acetylated timber might be a good way to preserve the timber.
Composite decking is made from timber fibres and plastic. In some cases, recycled plastic is used, which is better for the environment. The wood fibres also may have gone to waste, so composite decking can be a good environmental choice.
Choosing the best timber for general decking
When it comes to choosing the best timber for decking, there are a range of options, with different species having distinct colour and hardness characteristics. Each of these have different pros and cons, including price, durability, and sustainability. Our outdoor living Central Coast team can help you make the decision that’s right for your budget and needs.
Some of the most common species available include:
Treated pin is widely available, easy to work with and relatively low-cost, which makes it a popular choice for decking. While pine is a relatively soft wood, treating or painting helps to keep it sealed and resistant to rot and infestation.
However, that doesn’t always mean it’s up to the job. Treated pine decking often has a shorter lifespan than other decking materials. As pine is a soft wood, it is easier to damage and often requires more frequent resealing over other decking options. You can expect treated pine to last for around 15-20 years, which is shorter than most hardwoods.
Blackbutt is an Australian native species that is very popular for use in decking. It’s hard and durable, with a long lifespan, as well as being naturally fire-resistant. A pleasing golden-brown colour, it also takes stains and oils well, meaning it needs less maintenance than other alternatives.
However, blackbutt can often be prone to surface splitting and cracking, especially if not sealed, and is not especially termite resistant. Our decking Central Coast team will be able to help you decide if your area is right for blackbutt.
A very popular option for decking, Jarrah is durable, insect and fire-resistant with a wide range of light, dark brown and red hues. Jarrah is a beautiful rich red colour which deepens over time into a soft burgundy and suffers very little tannin leaching.
Jarrah decking does require regular sanding and refinishing to keep its colour, but it also looks great when it becomes weathered, turning silver-grey over time. Like blackbutt, jarrah has a durability rating of 2, which is very good.
Jarrah timber is a more expensive option and only grows in Western Australia, so it’s best to check with your local decks Central Coast team to make sure it’s currently available.
Tallowwood is a hardwood, prized for its blond-brown to slightly olive green colour. It grows in coastal forests on the east coast, so is widely available. With a hardness rating of 8.6, it’s easier to work with than some of the toughest hardwood, while still being highly durable, and can last for over 40 years above ground.
Tallowwood decking is highly resistant to damp and wet conditions, so excellent for decking near pools and gardens. It is susceptible to tannin leaching, so make sure you check with the Central Coast Elite Carpentry team to make sure this is right for you.
Perhaps the most dense and heavy hardwood timber, which makes it difficult to cut and work with but extremely durable for decking. Both grey and red ironbark have durability ratings of 1, meaning a well-maintained Ironbark deck can last for over 40 years above ground. It is fire, termite and rot resistant and resists tannin leaching.
Ironbark is very heavy and dense, so may not be suitable for the DIY deck builder. Its density also means it needs to be oiled more frequently and is one of the more expensive decking timbers.
Stringy bark is another popular decking choice due to its wide availability, affordability and termite resisting properties. Its interesting grain pattern and the choice between red, white and yellow stringy bark means it can be matched with a variety of external home colours.
Stringy bark has a durability rating of only 3, so it is not suitable for all locations and gum veins are typically present. If you are looking for durability, the red variety is often slightly more durable than white or yellow. Our decking Central Coast team can tell you more.
Spotted gum is very similar to blackbutt, with the same durability and fire-resistance properties. It is a long-lasting Australian hardwood that is a little darker than blackbutt and often has some intriguing colour variations.
However, spotted gum is harder to work and more expensive than most decking timbers. This timber is also not recommended for DIY decks.
Merbau is a relatively affordable and durable hardwood that in the past was the most popular decking material choice. It has an attractive golden-brown colour and is termite and rot-resistant while still being easily workable.
However, merbau is highly prone to tannin leaching and requires more regular staining than other types. In the past, it was unsustainably sourced and has caused rainforest deforestation in Asia. If you choose merbau, our decks Central Coast team will do our best to find timber from trusted sources that use sustainable harvesting practices.