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    Default Need timber deck recomendations - too many species!

    Hi,

    as part of my renovations I am buiding some stairs and and a 27sqm deck out of H3 treated pine for structure, but need to choose a decking timber.

    I am planning on using concealeed fixings (Deklok?), so a hardwood timber thats not the worlds hardest would be in order. It will be oiled as appropriate but exposed to full sun for a bit over 50% of the day.

    Last deck I did, i just used yellow balua (cheapest hardwood available), but now other choices are merbau, bellian plus a it would seem a million others, and getting quotes is proving difficult if you cant compare like with like.

    Yep, its my house, and I do intend living here 15yrs or so, however i am a tightarse, so money is an object, and value for dollar is a good thing!

    any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    pharmaboy2

    I just purchased 1050 meters of cyprus pine decking in Rutherford for $1 a meter which I thought was a fairly good price. PM me if are interesed in a phone number

    woodcutta

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    At the risk of being unpopular

    If money is an object have you considered treated pine decking finished with a good decking paint?

    Thats what I did and Im happy with it..... plus they only need recoating every 5 years rather than every 6-12 months.....

    Of course its not an option if you are keen to see the grain of the timbers etc..... just food for thought

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    heh, dub - as long as TP is painted, you wont be unpopular! - or better yet clear oiled and upside down ;D

    seriously considering bellian as of today as a category 1 timber, I have painted a deck before, but the red brown of timber battens is part of the colour design, so HW it is!

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    Have you looked at iron bark or spotted gum at all? Up here ironbark is about $5 LM Spotted gum is a little more but both look great when oiled up.
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