The Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood For Deckings and Pergolas

 

Harwood is better to use for both deckings and pergolas. It is more expensive but it is well worth it. Please see below the differences between hardwood and softwood and see for yourself why hardwood is better to use when constructing deckings and pergolas:

Hardwood

 - hardwood comes in various colours so you can mix and match which wood with your home to create a beautiful deck or pergola

- hardwood lasts longer and tends to be better out in the weather. It can shrink a little but still maintains its shape and doesn't twist

- hardwood is generally rot resistant depending on how much you care for it

- hardwood is a stronger wood and will last longer

 

Softwood

 - softwood (treated pine) comes in one colour so if you want to change the colour you will need to stain it

- softwood typically has half the life span of hardwood

- softwood will twist and buckle a lot easier in the weather

- softwood can't hold as much weight becuase it's soft

 

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Why Hiring a Handyman To Do a Carpenter's Job Will Be Worse on Your Pocket!

 

So you want to get a decking or pergola and you have a carpenter and a handyman come around to give you a quote. The handyman's quote was cheaper so you go with them. Right? WRONG! You would not believe how many jobs I've had to redo because the quality of workmanship was subpar based on using a handyman instead of a carpenter. My clients have been upset with the level of work they received and on top of this they will now have to PAY TWICE because the work either done was dangerous or looked awful! Wouldn't you rather get it right the first time?

 

As a carpenter I have been fully trained to know the Australian Standards and work to this or better so that my clients get a professional carpentry job that they can show off to their friends and family and most importantly enjoy throughout the year.

 

Here's why investing in a carpenter to do your job will save your pocket. Here at Up'n'at'em we:

- are a fully trained carpenter to ensure the delivery of high quality work

- specialise in deckings and pergolas so we know exactly what to do

- have 20 years experience in the industry

- have experience which means we know how to build your vision and can offer a range of advice

- are fully insured - is a handyman?

- build so that your decking or pergola will last and is something you can be proud of

 

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4 Tips on Preserving Your Deck!

 

Preserving your deck is an absolute must! If you are going to spend the money on getting a deck then you may as well preserve it so that it lasts. Here are 4 tips on how you can best preserve your deck:

1. Coat your deck - this means you could oil the deck or stain the deck. If you are staining then it will change the colour of the deck. If you are already happy with the colour of the wood then the best way to coat it would be with a clear oil. You can buy a 3 year oil (check with your local hardware store) to coat your deck. This also means you don't have to spend as much time preserving the deck.

2. Keep your deck clean - You can use a high pressure wash to clean all the dirt off your deck. 

3. Re-coat your deck every 1-3 years depending on the type of coating you purchased.

4. Cover your deck with a pergola. This helps to minimise the elements and its effects on the deck.

 

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Enhancing Your Home With a Front Entrance Deck

 

When you arrive at a home, the first thing you notice is the facade. If the facade is dull and lifeless your thought is instantly that it wouldn't be a nice house inside. Although this is a perception and it might not in actual fact be true. Many homes these days have a concrete front entrance. Wouldn't you like to add your own little flavour to your front entrance to really wow your friends and neighbours? A front entrance deck is the way to go! Your house is going to stand out with a deck at the front of your house because not many houses include this when building.

 

This very simple job we can do is to create a front entrance you will love by laying down a deck in your entrance way. It creates an inviting and homely effect. To extend to this we can also create a set of stairs that we also deck. This creates a pathway to the front of your house and leads the eye to the facade as well as invite guests to your home. 

 

Not only will a front entrance deck make your home more attractive, it will create an inviting happy first impression.

 

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3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Entertaining Area

 

An outdoor entertaining area is perfect to use all year around depending on how you have it set up. If you have an enclosed outdoor entertaining area then you will be able to use it rail, hail or shine. If you have an outdoor entertaining area that doesn't have sides you will still be able to make use of this at certain times throughout the year. There are some important tips to make the most of your outdoor entertaining area:

1. Either enclose part or all sides of your pergola/outdoor entertaining area so that it can be used all year round. You could have clear or coloured cafe blinds fixed to your pergola. This creates both an outdoor and indoor space you can utilise. You could use blueboard to enclose a wall. This can then be painted the same colour as your house.

2. Don't over do the furniture. If you have a small outdoor entertaining area then don't buy large furniture as it will make the space feel a lot smaller than it is.

3. If you have a large area you can build an outdoor kitchen for your entertaining area. This makes it easier when entertaining as all the mess can stay in one place. It also creates another indoor/outdoor space for you to utilise.

 

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