Different Types Of Decking Materials – What’s Your Choice?

Decks offer a great way to make use of a backyard, enjoy the outdoors and save maintenance cost for landscaping. Building a deck will raise the value of your home whilst providing additional living space for gatherings and party. In addition, they can also increase the curb appeal of your home and make the outdoor area aesthetically pleasing. Considering these benefits, you should be very cautious while choosing the decking material so that you can achieve the look you have been yearning for. Here is the list of top five decking materials that are widely used in Australia.

Composite Decking:

Manufactured from wood by-products and recycled plastics, composite decking material can withstand harsh weather condition for decades and sustain its beautiful appearance throughout its lifetime. Available in a wide range of colours and textures, the composite decking requires less maintenance and don’t want to be painted, stained or treated. While there are so many decking materials available, the sturdiness, longevity and durability of composite decking is matchless.

Timber Decking:

Regardless of the advancement in the decking material market, timber remains one of the most popular options because of its natural warmth that can’t be achieved by any other decking material. A bit more expensive than its counterparts, timber can be stained in various colours and finishes in different styles and textures. Timber decking is so flexible that it can be reorganised in to new layouts and styles. Moreover, they have a life expectancy of more than 40 years, saving you money in the long run.

Compressed Fibre Cement:

Perfect for Australian outdoors, fibre cement boards are resistant to moisture damage and can tolerate extreme weather conditions. Apart from being hardwearing and durable, fibre cement boards are termite resistant which can save you a lot in the long run. Moreover, it requires less re-sealing and maintenance than traditional timbers. Being easy to install, it makes indoor-outdoor transition stress-free.


Aluminium is one of the most expensive decking materials with a lifespan of 30+ years. Being resistant to moisture, sun exposure and mildew, these decks are more sustainable than timber decks. This type of deck has resistance to termites and other boring insects which can cause significant damage to a timber deck. Another added benefit of aluminium decks is that they need less maintenance, may be hosing it down once in a month.


PVC is so flexible that it can be used to construct decking in various shapes, sizes and styles. Available in unlimited colour selections and surface textures, this decking material is also produced to resemble timber. It is one of the most affordable decking materials available in the industry, yet it is resistant to moisture, pest, rot and extreme weather condition. Low maintenance and ease of installation are other benefits that you can enjoy from PVC decking.

While each of the material types comes with its own benefits, it is important to take your personal preferences, budget and look & feel that you want to achieve before finalising your choice. If you need assistance in choosing the right decking material for your home, you can call Leisure Decking on 0408 565 561. We will evaluate your needs and recommend the right product for you.

Building a deck is a highly specialised form of carpentry. It takes years of learning and building to master. For us, it’s all about using the best quality materials and laying the right foundations. That means getting to know you, and spending the time getting the sub-floor absolutely right.

Decking is beautiful. But it’s what’s underneath; the groundwork, that matters most to us. As they say – “The beautiful rests on the foundations of the necessary.” Without a solid foundation, you will never achieve a flawless, lasting result that truly functions for you.

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