If you live near the beach, it’s most likely you prefer to be outdoors. Everyone knows fresh, salty air and the sound of waves crashing are best enjoyed al fresco.
When it comes to building a deck to make the most of living by the seaside, timber decking might not be the best choice. This also goes for people who want to build a deck by their pool and enjoy coastal vibes. Here are three key reasons why fibre cement decking is a modern, long-lasting alternative that is perfectly suited to a beach lifestyle.
Withstanding the Elements
Sun and surf go hand in hand, so it’s safe to say your deck is going to catch a few rays. While a hot summer can wreak havoc on timber decks, causing them to shrink and crack, fibre cement boards are resistant to heat damage. A great option for families, parents can rest easy knowing their little ones can run and play without the risk of splintering and weakened boards.
Summer storms also call for sturdy, weatherproof materials that can stand up to often unforgiving weather. For a hardwearing deck that won’t be susceptible to damage from rain, sea spray and heavy moisture, fibre cement decking is a great choice. When timber rots and warps, this innovative material endures, saving homeowners time and money on costly repairs.
Located in the beachside suburb of Curl Curl, the owner wanted to replace his timber deck with something that would last under full sun exposure. Cue HardieDeck.
A refreshing swim in the pool should evoke thoughts of friends, barbeques and relaxing – not cleaning, re-sealing and worrying about water damage. The latter can often be the case with timber decking, which is prone to damage from moisture and doesn’t enjoy being splashed by poolgoers.
Fibre cement decking, which is resistant to moisture and rot, is the ideal choice for a pool area. Not only will you be able to take a carefree dip without the worry of water damage, there’s no need to be concerned about the sun’s harsh rays causing boards to splinter as it does with timber – leaving more time to slip, slop, slap and kick back with loved ones.
Is there anything better than relaxing by your pool? The owners of this Queensland home wanted a low maintenance decking solution that looked like timber without the upkeep. They fell in love with HardieDeck as first sight and haven't looked back.
Style & Versatility
Coastal style is beautiful and timeless, and this should extend to your deck. Make your outdoor entertaining area complement your home with fibre cement decking, which can be painted in almost any colour using durable paving paints. Installed with a joining system that conceals the screws and can be laid with fewer joists than a traditional timber deck, the result of fibre cement decking is a smoother finish that uses less materials and labour.
Light grey and white are both quintessentially coastal and will complement a beachy, bohemian home. For a Mediterranean villa feel, try a terracotta deck with some throw rugs and oversized palms. If you prefer the classic look of timber, you’re covered. Fibre cement decking can be painted with a timber stain but unlike timber, it doesn’t require constant re-staining, meaning you get to enjoy the same classic look without the high maintenance.
The house near Henley Beach, Adeliade, emobodies a modern coastal vibe, complete with a pool and a contemporary HardiDeck perfect for relaxing and entertaining.