Building a Deck – What you Need to Know

If your self-build is almost complete, you will be thinking about the deck, which will be your R&R spot where you and your family can relax and enjoy the stunning garden. If you are a DIY enthusiast, designing and building a deck presents a challenge, and with that in mind, here are some important aspects of building a deck.

Building Deck

Choosing the right deck material

Trex is the market leader in Australia and the diverse range of Trex accessories allow you to be creative; this tongue & grooved composite ticks all the boxes for Aussie homeowners and is maintenance-free. Google your nearest timber supplier and they would have the full Trex stock and you can choose from the many wood-grain finishes.

Composite makeup

State of the art composite decking is comprised of a multi-layer core for added strength and the faux timber outer layer is designed to stand the test of time. The planks can be cut much like timber and tongue and groove ensures a tight fit, which is obviously important. The outer layers of protection prevent sun and water damage, keeping your deck looking like new. Click here for tips when choosing decking composite products.

Timber foundations

The easiest, most cost-effective way to create a solid base for your deck is to set 6-12 (depending on area) 4×4 timber posts into the ground. Not completely level, you ideally want the decking to run away from the home but the slant is very slight. This is easy to do with long straight-edges and a couple of spirit levels and by building a 2×2 framework, you have the perfect platform to install the decking.


Make sure you have adequate drainage before you build the deck; if necessary, dig out a couple of feet and fill it with shingle. Another solution is to dig a channel following the lay of the land and install drainage pipes.

Professional installation

Ideally, you want a professional installation, unless, of course, you know what you’re doing, in which case, it is a weekend job. Most timber showrooms offer an installation service; they can undertake the whole project, including design.

The importance of shading

Awnings, umbrellas, and retractable roof solutions offer essential shading; think about style, elegance, and functionality when looking at deck shading and you should make the right choice. If your budget allows, why not go the whole 9 yards and have a customised fully retractable roof? You can even fit weather sensors that detect sun, wind, and rain, which is the ultimate in high-tech shading.

Planning permission might be required, depending on the size and design and using the web, you can quickly find out about restrictions. If you are removing an old deck, the current foundations might be adequate, which saves a lot of time and money.

There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained by building your deck and with state-of-the-art composite decking available from your nearest timber supplier, you can create an idyllic oasis that you and your family can enjoy.


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