Choosing the type of wood for your deck is based on many factors. We typically reccomend merbau as it is the cheapest hardwood and looks amazing on your deck. Treated pine is used for the budget conscious but is not reccomended for a deck as it may not last as long, it is high maintenance and it twists and buckles in the weather. When choosing the type of wood for your deck you will need to consider the following:
1. Budget - are you happy to have a softwood deck for now even though it may not last as long? Or would you rather spend a little more on your deck and have something that generally lasts longer, holds it's shape and colour?
2. Outdoor furniture - have you decided what outdoor furniture you would like on your deck? This can change the type of wood you use based on colour. Bare in mind that you can change the colour of the wood with a stain.
3. Do you want to use a hardwood or softwood for your deck? Once again the hardwood is better lasting for your deck.
4. Do you want to match the timber for your deck to the timber on the house? Remember if it's not the right colour wood you can always stain it too.