Planning and constructing DIY deck projects can be a very rewarding experience that will save your household quite a bit of money (which you can use on that big new barbecue you have had your eyes on), however, without the right planning, timber, tools and help along the way you may not get the results you are expecting.
Your DIY Decking Timber Headquarters
Narangba Timbers is your DIY decking timber headquarters – with all the timber, supplies, and ‘deckspertise’ you need to build great decks at the best prices.
Our experienced team can provide you with insider tips that will help you to build your own deck with confidence. We can walk you through each step of your deck construction – from the materials you’ll need through to the finishing touches that will make it a stand-out.
Building a Deck DIY – Follow the Steps
Of course the first step when you are DIY builder is to get your planning correct up front.
What timber will you use, what are the dimensions, do you need timber rails around the deck, or a canopy overhead, do you need planning permission from the local council, do you access to all the tools required to complete your deck, what decking hardware will you require and are you going to paint or stain your deck on completion?
Follow our DIY building deck steps to improve your chances of delivering a result that everyone will admire…
Use our Handy Decking Calculator
If you already have an idea of your dimensions, why not use our handy Decking Calculator to help determine the quantities of materials you’ll need, and get a good idea of costs.
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DIY Deck Factsheets & Timber Decking FAQ
At this initial stage you may have some questions so it makes sense to check out our Decking Factsheet to answer some of your initial questions.
You should also read our Decking FAQ page which answers many of the questions others have asked previously which makes it a great source of information to the first time Deck DIY handyman.
You have many choices here at Narangba Timbers when you commence your timber decking project.
You can select hardwood or softwood and within these types you can select differing timber species.
What is the Best Timber for Decking ?
Whilst there is no “best” timber for your DIY decking project, there are some species we would recommend you consider based upon their properties and our experience.
Hardwood Timber Decking
Hardwood timber is stronger than softwood timber and that is certainly the case here with our product range.
Reflecting their natural durability, there are four classes (1 to 4) of hardwoods, with Class 1 having highest natural durability and Class 4 the lowest. All hardwoods supplied by Narangba Timbers fall within Class 1 (in-ground life expectancy of more than 25 years) and Class 2 (in-ground life expectancy of more than 15 years) for durability.
Hardwood generally is more expensive because it is more durable and will last longer and is available in a wider range of colours than softwood.
Merbau Decking Timber
Merbau Timber also known as Kwila Timber and is commonly used for timber framing, timber decking, timber flooring and timber handrails.
Kwila timber durability is Class 1 and is very popular for decking (especially DIY decking projects) and features a very on-trend brownish colouring.
Ironbark Decking Timber
Ironbark timber is commonly used for outdoor timber framing, timber decking, timber flooring and timber handrails.
Ironbark Timber durability is Class 1 and the colour of the wood is generally a reddish hue.
Spotted Gum Timber Decking
Spotted gum timber is an Australian timber that is great for timber flooring, timber decking, timber handrails, outdoor timber framing and landscaping.
Spotted Gum timber has a durability rating of Class 1 and the wood from the spotted gum comes in mixed colours.
Blackbutt Timber Decking
Blackbutt timber is popular for timber floors, timber decks and external timber framing.
Blackbutt timber also has a durability rating of Class 1 and comes in a very modern, architecturally friendly blonde colouring.
Softwood timber is lighter and easier to work and also, generally, less expensive.
Pine decking timber and treated pine decking timber are the options available for your softwood decking project.
Other Things to Consider in Your DIY Decking Project
When you are completing your DIY timber decking plans you should also consider the following;-
- Do you need to consider a DIY deck railing?
- Does your timber deck design call for a covered deck?
- Is privacy an issue? Do you need a DIY screened in deck?
- Like being in the rainforest? What about deck railing planter boxes?
- Why not add some DIY deck lighting for those long balmy evenings?
- Do you need decking stain or decking paint for your project?
- If you are building a DIY pool deck what coating do you need to protect it from pool water splashing?
Visit the Narangba Timbers Display Deck for Ideas
We’ve even constructed a display deck right here at Narangba, so you can see a variety of timbers in-situ, and the different components used – just as they will be used on your deck.
To get even more ideas for your new timber deck view our timber deck gallery here.
At Narangba Timbers You Get Expert Advice for Your DIY Projects
Our online tools are designed as a guide for the average DIY’er, but when you come into or call Narangba Timbers on (07) 3888 1293, we will go over everything with you to make sure you have everything you need.
We are the timber decking Brisbane experts and we have all the DIY deck and patio ideas at the best decking timber prices.
When you are ready to build your DIY deck, speak to the best decking timber suppliers at Narangba Timbers. We’ll jack down the prices to lighten your budget not your wallet.