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"NOTHING BEATS THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL TIMBER DECKING"

Advantages of natural timber decking over composite decking


Besides the beautiful, natural look and feel of timber decking, natural timber decking is not prone to the expansion that composite decking is. Natural timber decking will usually only expand and contract slightly in width, while composite decking general expands and contracts in both length and width.

Worldwide Timber Traders sell a large range of natural timber decking. See the list below of
all the different species on offer:

** Stock available on request
Jarrah Merbau1 Spotted Gum
JARRAH MERBAU   SPOTTED GUM **
Jarrah is a high density and extremely hardwearing hardwood, which ranges in colour from light pinks to deep reddish-browns. With an even texture and interlocking grain, a jarrah deck provides the ideal look for both modern and classic homes and is the perfect choice for large commercial projects.


Merbau is used for a wide range of applications, in particular, decking. Merbau has a beautiful grain and appearance and is one of the world's most durable timbers. Merbau is a yellowish-brown or orange-brown when first cut, turning darker with age to a brown or deep reddish-brown. Spotted Gum is one of Australia's premium native hardwoods with a striking appearance and high degree of durability, making it an ideal timber for a variety of structural, exterior and interior applications.
 Treated Pine  Black Butt  Iron Bark
TREATED PINE    BLACKBUTT **    IRONBARK **
Treated pine is the most cost effective and popular timber option for decking. Pine can be used in all decking and pergola situations provided it is properly treated. It can be stained in a range of colours to provide protection and enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Blackbutt has an even texture, making
it appealing for interior use applications. The heartwood ranges from golden yellow to pale brown, although a slight pinkish colour may be present.
Ironbark is a premium native hardwood that has been well regarded as a high quality timber in Australia throughout human history. The timber's appearance ranges from reddish to dark brown heartwood and the grain is usually tight and straight. 


Kapur Pacific Jarrah  Silver Top Ash
  KAPUR **     PACIFIC JARRAH **    SILVERTOP ASH **
Kapur is used for general construction. The timber is lustrous with sapwood that ranges from almost white to light yellowish-brown in colour, while the heartwood is red to reddish-brown. 




The South American sourced Pacific Jarrah is a hard, heavy and strong species with the heartwood ranging in colour from a light red when freshly cut, to a dark reddish-brown when dry. Pre-boring is necessary for nailing and screwing. Silvertop Ash is often used for building framework as it's strong and provides good fire resistance. The heartwood is brown and sometimes pinkish in colour, and often features the grain interlocked with growth rings.

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  What sizes is the decking available in? SPECIES  SIZE SIZE (2)
Different species of timber decking come in different widths, thicknesses and lengths. To the right, you’ll find standard width and thicknesses for the different species. All decking species come in random lengths.
Jarrah 85 x  20  130 x 20
Merbau 90 x 19 140 x 22
Which is the most durable natural timber? Spotted Gum 86 x 19  136 x 19 
From a hardness perspective the following timbers are the hardest: Treated Pine 90 x 22 H3 Treated
Spotted Gum          11 Blackbutt 86 x 19  130 x 19 
Silver Top Ash       9.5 Ironbark 86 x 19  140 x 22 
Black Butt              9.1 Kapur 90 x 19 
Jarrah                    8.5 Pacific Jarrah 90 x 19  140 x 19 
Merbau also has a natural tolerance against insects such as termites. Silvertop Ash 90 x 22  140 x 22 
 

How to calculate lineal metres from square metres.

First, find the area to be decked in square metres (m²).

This can be done with a simple equation: L (length of area in metres) x W (width of area in metres) = m²



Now, in order to find the lineal metres required to complete our deck, we need to know the width of the decking boards being used.

*Please note that you will need to add any pre-determined spacing between boards to the width part of       the equation.


m² (square metres in millimetres) ÷ W (width of board, and any spacing in millimetres) = Lineal Metres

So, as an example, let's say your deck area is 50m² and you're using 90mm wide boards, the calculation will look like this:

50,000mm ÷ 90mm = 555.5 Lineal metres


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  How to lay your timber decking.

Most decking will have both a smooth side and reeded side (see example below).

smooth-reeded

Contrary to popular belief, the reeded side is not meant to be a ‘antislip’ surface. The reeded side should actually be placed face down on your timber joists. The gaps formed in the reeds are to allow water and moisture to run off and preserve your timber from rot and mould.

Unreeded timber (smooth both sides) should only be used against steel, and with a moisture barrier between the steel and timber.
 

For all your timber decking questions, call us today on 9418 3222.