Given the amount of wood options available, sourcing the best deck timber can seem like an overwhelming choice. Ideally, you want something that not only looks fantastic but is also made to last. At Versace Timber, we believe the best option for outdoor decking and furniture is hardwood timber flooring, as it’s far more durable than softwood. But depending on what you’re looking for with your deck, some hardwood options might be better than others.We take a look at some of the best deck timber available, and the pros and cons of each option.
Best deck timber hardwood
MerbauWhen it comes to decking timber, Merbau (sometimes known as Kwila) are one of the best deck timber options available. Known for its tough durability, beautiful colour, and ability to withstand even the harshest elements, Merbau is a tried and tested favourite for Australian decks. It’s also incredibility versatile, so if you have any spare timber left over you can use it for flooring or furniture. The only downside to Merbau is its high oil content, which can cause it to secrete tannin when it gets wet – which isn’t always the best thing for your shoes. But it’s workability and attractive, rich colours far outweigh any negatives.
Spotted GumSpotted gum is some of the best timber for outdoor decking as it’s a strong, durable timber that can hold its colour well. Depending on where its grown, Spotted Gum can vary in different shades of brown. Unlike the Merbau, that’s grown in Papua New Guinea, the Spotted Gum is native to Queensland. Spotted Gum makes for one of the best deck timber options as it’s widely available, and termite resistant. However, due to its density, Spotted Gum requires regular oiling – meaning it may not be the best deck timber option for those looking for a low maintenance wood.
Royal RedFor a unique style, look no further than Royal red decking timber. Striking in appearance, Royal Red is recognised for its rich colours and fiddleback features. Like the Spotted Gum, Royal Red hails from Queensland and is considered a very durable wood. The red hardwood comes in different blends ranging from pale reddish brown to chocolate brown, with its only major drawback being that it’s more susceptible to colour variation (gum veins). Aside from that, it’s affordability and durability make it one of the best wood for decking.
BalauA native Asian wood, Balau timber is widely used in decking and outdoor areas as it can withstand heavy use with minimal fuss. Balau is a one of the best wood for decking as it’s highly resistant to decay and insects, and is considered a highly durable, water resistant wood. It’s also one of the cheaper hardwood options, which makes it desirable for those looking to build a deck on a budget. However, as it’s high porous, Balau will absorb anything that’s spilled onto it which can make it susceptible to staining.
BlackbuttAnother Queensland native, Blackbutt hardwood is one of the best deck timber options as its strength and durability make it able to withstand years of wear and tear. It’s also quite visually pleasing due to its light complexion and straight grain, which allows it to complement about style of home. Blackbutt is also easy to maintain, as it retains oils and stains quite well. The only drawback to Blackbutt wood is that it may contain gum veins.