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When it comes to decking, the traditional choice is often timber. While timber initially starts off looking good, the true costs, both of money and time, involved in maintaining it are only revealed over time. In this blog, we look at the realities of choosing timber for your deck and why choosing a solution like HardieDeck™ is a much better choice.


Exposure to water, whether it’s from rain or a swimming pool, can impact timber greatly, as it is prone to dampness, rotting and mildew. And if a deck is not maintained regularly, it may rot and breakdown, ultimately requiring it to be replaced.

“The deck should be coated all round, and you do this at least once a year to maintain them – otherwise they deteriorate and they rot,” says Wayne Critchley, a builder with over two decades of experience.

For decking around pools (especially salt water pools), Critchley recommends homeowners coat their deck more frequently, around every four to six months.

Want a great looking deck minus the maintenance? HardieDeck can be sealed with a tint in almost every colour. Unlike traditional timber, it is moisture resistant and won't rot, making it the perfect choice for pool areas.

Call our friendly experts on 13 83 53 to find out how HardieDeck can save you time and money.

Fibre cement decking is a much more suitable decking option. Resistant to moisture and rot, it is ideal for pool decks and better yet, it is resilient and made to withstand prolonged exposure to moisture and the chlorine or salt from backyard pools.


Termites and timbers are two words no homeowner wants to hear in the same sentence.

Termites can affect timber, often going undetected for long periods. The effect of termites weakens and reduces the safety of your deck, resulting in expensive repair work or having to replace your deck entirely.

HardieDeck requires less maintenance, so you can spend more time relaxing less time on upkeep.

Choose HardieDeck, for a safe, termite-resistant option. Made from fibre cement, HardieDeck is more durable and will not be affected by dreaded termites.


The Australian climate can be harsh on timber decks which can weaken shrink, split and splinter as result of sun exposure. While a pergola, verandah or roof can help to prevent heat damage and prolong the lifespan of a timber deck, it will involve further costs and upkeep.

The owners of this home wanted to replace their old deck with a durable solution that wouldn't rot or splinter under the harsh Australian sun. Cue Hardiedeck.

Our easy-to-use calculator will help you estimate the size and price of your new HardieDeck.

Another hazard is bare feet – whether it’s yours or those of young children who enjoy running and playing outside. If you’re concerned about injuries from splinters – not to mention the costs involved in replacing damaged boards – consider safer materials such as fibre cement boards. Fibre cement boards like HardieDeck won’t warp or splinter as a result of sun exposure, which makes them a preferred pick for protecting bare feet.

Regular maintenance

The amount of maintenance – and money – your deck will require over time depends on the materials you use. For timber, this can be quite high on both counts.

Timber loses its colour quickly so therefore requires ongoing painting, staining, and oiling, and is prone to many different types of damage from the elements. Factors that will cost you both in time and money.

Instead, try a low-maintenance, long-lasting decking material, such as HardieDeck. It requires minimal upkeep and financial outlay and is made to withstand the harsh Australian climate, so you can relax or entertain on your deck, instead of maintaining it.

Love the natural look? HardieDeck can be sealed with a clear sealer or sealed with a tint to match the existing look of your home.

Is your old deck looking worse for wear? Contact us for expert advice on the long-term benefits of HardieDeck.

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