Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!
Adding a deck to your house provides a wonderful area to relax and entertain. However, plenty of homeowners find it hard to decide on a decking material. Many come down to a decision between timber and aluminium. While aluminium does have its benefits, here are just four reasons to choose decking timber.
Style is always important when you're making changes to your home, but decking style is particularly important. Decks aren't exactly inconspicuous. Attached to your home and highly visible, they make a huge impact on everything from curb appeal to property value. As such, it's best to go with the better-looking option, and most people prefer the appearance of timber. If you want proof, just consider the fact that most aluminium decking is made to look like timber. Unfortunately, the appearance is never an exact match, so many aluminium decks end up looking too artificial. Additionally, you generally won't have many finishes or colours from which to choose. With timber, you'll have a variety of species and the ability to stain or paint your wood to match a chosen design style.
One of the biggest problems people run into with aluminium decking is noise. It tends to be much louder than timber when people are walking across it, especially if they're wearing shoes. If you have lots of people around for a party, this could quickly become an issue. Aluminium will also be louder when it's raining. If your outdoor decking area is right next to your kitchen or living room, you could find yourself putting up with a loud drumming noise whenever it starts to rain.
The surface of aluminium doesn't have the tight grain structure of genuine timber, so it tends to be a little more slippery when the weather is bad. All types of decking will be constructed to prevent slips and trips, but people generally keep their footing better when walking around on timber thanks to its natural attributes.
Cost is naturally going to be one of your paramount concerns when choosing a decking material. Timber and aluminium are two more high-end options, costing more than composite or plastic, but aluminium is almost always the more costly of the two. If you want to keep your costs manageable while still enjoying a long-lasting, high-quality product, timber is the way to go, especially when you want to construct a relatively large decking area.