What timbers to use on outdoor decking?
We use an array of different timbers, be they Australian
Hardwoods,Exotic Timbers or a selection of recycled timbers.
The exotic timbers include Kwilla or Merbau. Kwilla
(Papaya New Guinea) and Merbau (Indonesia) are
essentially the same timber. The Kwilla has a slightly
more “reddy”tinge to it and the Merbau is more on the
brown side. However, their timber properties and prices
are the same. They also take stain well in the oiling
application meaning you are able to change the tonal
colour of the Timbers.
Yellow Bilau, however, is a different timber and it is more
brittle and prone to fracturing or cracking. It does not
leach as much as the other two exotic timbers however the
leaching of these timbers is somewhat dramatised by
suppliers of Australian hardwoods
(some of which also leach).
A handy supply of White King Bleach will remove the
leaching sediment from pavers,concrete, render etc....
All our team have some on site for any stains which occur
prior to oiling. Other products we install include Vitex
which is a sustainable hardwood, Spotted Gum, BlackButt.
We also install plastic composite decking of various makes.
We do not support illegal logging. Our timber is from
certified and licensed importers who must prove to
authorities that they have not exceeded their quota and
that trees have been certified with a chain of custody.
It is also important to note that none of our timber is
purchased from the auction houses! This is generally where
bad timber runs and mis-
you want for a good looking structure.
Our substructures are built from treated pine
(unless specified as hardwood or steel) and as with
anything there are quality products on the market which
surpass other suppliers. Original Decking uses the premium
pine to ensure that the deck is built correctly.