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Site Preparation for Your Deck or Pergola

As suppliers of timber decking in Brisbane and Sydney, we talk to a lot of people about their projects. We have noticed that a lot of people make the mistake of not adequately preparing their site for building. When that happens, it often creates problems for later. Here are some tips for ensuring that you get it right the first time.

Treated Wood for Insect Control

Buy timber that has been treated to resist termites and other insects. Don’t let insects destroy what you build. A bit of prevention now is much better than trying to mitigate the damage later.

Adequate Drainage

You want to make sure that the area beneath your deck has adequate drainage. Standing water can warp your timber. It also attracts mosquitoes. Water deteriorates timber supports, even if they are protected.


Trees that are near your deck can have unintended consequences. They create debris on the top of your deck, causing more maintenance. The worst problem trees create, though, is when the roots affect your structural support. Roots grow and can affect both the soil beneath your deck and encroach on the support beams. Try to clear trees within a reasonable distance from your new deck.

Reactive Soil

If your home is built on reactive soil, your structural support will have to be stronger. It would be wise to consult a geotechnical engineer to help formulate your strategy if you suspect that your soil could undermine your deck.

Choose the Right Timber Supplier

The most important preparation is to choose the right timber supplier for your deck. There are many timber suppliers in the Brisbane and Sydney areas, but none provide the combination of high quality and low prices that we do at Narangba Timbers.

Our professional and knowledgeable customer service staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have to help you complete your project and get it perfect the first time.

To learn more, call 1300 477 024 today.