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    Question The best choice of timber??

    I am chasing opinions on the best decking to put down. I have spotted gum floorboards inside and the timbers for the flooring and deck will basically run alongside so I need the best match however, spotted gum is not particularly suited to outdoors (apparently). What would be the best decking timber to use to a) best match the flooring inside as the timbers virtually continue, b) hard wearing and easy to care for (minimal splintering, etc). Any opinions or suggestions would be very welcome please. If you don't mind, can you put your reasons for your suggestions as well so I can weigh up the options. Thanks guys

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    Hi Georgia and welcome to the forum - we are virtual neighbours - so, Hi from Kilmore.

    Your question is a tough one because we don't understand the conditions you're facing. Colour is one thing but grain figure and durability etc. are all factors when choosing timber species .... matching can be impossible, which is why many folks opt for a complimentary material over a perfect match.... which at times can even mean a contrasting material is used.

    What orientation is the deck?

    Is it to be under cover in part or whole?

    Do you intend to 'finish' it with anything to preserve it?

    Are you imagining decking with gaps or decking like flooring? i.e. each board butted up against its neighbour?
    Steve
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    spotted gum decking is no problem outside, it actuals comes treated from the mill so its up to class 1 same as ironbark,
    you must lay with 4 or 5mm gap between boards

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    IHi IThere II am a newbie I am firstly trying to work out how to put up an open question. II am building a dech and have some questions regarding the materials etc to use. I am locked in on Yellow belau for the boads but all the rest i am still up in the air about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgia L View Post
    however, spotted gum is not particularly suited to outdoors
    Not sure who told you this but that is complete crap. Spotty gum IMO is one of the best decking materials you can get. It is durability class 1 like ironbark, has awesome colour, and is mostly from sustainable harvest. It also is one of the best fire rated timbers as well. It is very hard wearing and as a deck builder I rarely use anything else.

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    And you can get it easily enough.

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    According to the Mill where I sourced my verendah material from Spotty Gum is susceptable to lyctus bug, so not recommended for structural purposes. To give the benefit of the doubt, this may have been what was referred to when you were told SG is not suited to outdoors.

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