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    Default New deck - Spotted gum or Merbau

    We are getting a deck built which will be in full sunlight and off our upstairs area. We have a concrete area underneath which we still want to be able to use for kids to play etc.... Our builder quoted for merbau but I was just wondering if merbau or spotted gum would be better? What is the colour difference and how hardwearing is each timber?
    thanks for any advice.

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    spotty gum: looks great, durability class 1, fire resistant, comes from sustainable harvest

    merbau, bleeds tanins (all over your concrete area) raped from non-sustainable asian forests, doesn't look as good as aussie h'wood (IMO), high in embodied energy (much further to travel)

    As for the full exposure, well that all depends on the type of finish you use to protect it. As for colour, google image the 2 for comparison. (both have a range of colours)

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    Merbau also comes in durability class 1 and 2 .. some are dressed hardwood too... we too were looking at Spotted Gum and quite liked it .. except for too many patterns in the wood .. also it was $1 more expensive per meter .. so depends on how much you're putting in .. also we couldn't find the lengths in it that we wanted (for a buttless joinless deck) ..

    We got the Merbau as we liked its texture and final finishes we saw in images and real decks and found the full lengths we wanted. At the end of the day how you maintain your deck will determine how it wears and lasts .. the wood itself wont do it for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemetal77 View Post
    Merbau also comes in durability class 1 and 2 .. some are dressed hardwood too... we too were looking at Spotted Gum and quite liked it .. except for too many patterns in the wood .. also it was $1 more expensive per meter .. so depends on how much you're putting in .. also we couldn't find the lengths in it that we wanted (for a buttless joinless deck) ..

    We got the Merbau as we liked its texture and final finishes we saw in images and real decks and found the full lengths we wanted. At the end of the day how you maintain your deck will determine how it wears and lasts .. the wood itself wont do it for you!
    Think about the environmental impacts as well. I am happy to pay an extra $1/m if it saves an endangered forest somewhere...

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    Actually the Merbau was on discount, otherwise it would be the same price as the spotted gum .. ! .. anyways, the full-lengths was important to us because i'm gonna do a DIY

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    spotted gum, I have seen merbau look crappy in the long run after it bleeds and loses colour

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