Many believe that the Sunshine Coast offers the best combination of suburban and holiday lifestyles in all of Australia, if not the world.
The Sunshine Coast stretches from the coastal city of Caloundra, near Brisbane, north to the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. It includes the internationally famous retreat of Noosa Heads with movie stars, boutique shops, waterways, and walking trails through Noosa National Park.
Obviously then, the good folk of the Sunshine Coast put an outdoors lifestyle very high up on their list of the most important things in life so sharing a breakfast, lunch or a family barbecue under shade in the backyard would be a pretty common occurrence.
To suit this lifestyle modern homes often feature extensive outdoor entertainment areas which utilise timber decking to create that resort feel in your own backyard.
Timber decking provides a natural look and feel to your home entertainment area whilst minimising the reflective glare and heat often created by tiles or pavers.
There are many choices when you decide to install outdoor decking. Some of the most popular are listed below;-
Merbau Decking / Kwila Decking
Merbau or Kwila (different names for the same timber) is a hardwood timber that grows in the Southeast Pacific Rim, which, in Australia includes Northern Queensland.
Merbau is known for its durability which is due to the natural oils of the timber which help prevent the timber from cracking or splitting. These natural oils allow Kwila to endure extreme conditions such as harsh temperatures and climates and saltwater. This makes it ideal for outdoor usage and, of course, decking.
And Merbau looks great in your outdoor entertainment area. The heartwood (the wood to the centre of the tree) is yellowish-brown or orange-brown when first cut turning to a darker brown or deep reddish brown with age.
In short, merbau timber decking is a superlative choice for your outdoor entertainment area.
Decksheet Merbau Timber Decking
Whilst we are discussing Merbau decking it makes good sense to mention Decksheet.
Decksheet is the new, quick and easy way to construct your next decking project. No more laying individual decking boards, one by one.
Decksheet is timber decking in sheet form and it has the following benefits;-
- Up to six times faster to lay,
- Made from Merbau timber,
- Kiln dried to achieve durability Class one, for longer decking life,
- Easy to tie down and transport,
- Easy to carry and move.
- Decksheet will save you time and money.
Red Ironbark Timber Decking
Red Ironbark (also called Grey Ironbark) is native to Australia sourced from the Eucalyptus Paniculata tree which is native to New South Wales and Victoria.
It just so happens to also be the perfect hardwood timber for timber decking.
The colouring of Red Ironbark heartwood can vary considerably and ranges anywhere from dark red to dark brown to pale brown, although most of the timber we source here at Narangba Timbers tends to be more red in colour.
By contrast, the sapwood of Red Ironbark is commonly pale yellow in colour. When combined the heartwood and the sapwood form a vibrant colour combination which looks perfectly in place in both heritage and contemporary installations.
ACQ Treated Pine Decking
ACQ treated pine is a safe and hard-wearing, lower-cost alternative to Merbau timer decking.
ACQ treated pine is an alternative to CCA Treated Pine for those looking for a cost-effective decking product. ACQ Treated Pine does NOT include arsenic (ACQ stands for “Alkaline Copper Quaternary.” It is a non-toxic, ecologically friendly alternative to CCA).
Pine decking is an excellent environment friendly choice as the timber is grown in plantations and quickly replaced once harvested.
Pine timber decking is easy to install both for the professional and for the home handyman. Sealing, staining and painting is also a simple process delivering a designer result on a common-sense budget.