What Do You Need To Build A Timber Deck?

Put a plan in place

A deck is a perfect addition to any Australian home. Use it to extend your living area to the outdoors, for entertaining family & friends over the warm months, or as a stylish finish to a pool or spa area. But before you grab the hammer and nails, you need to have a plan. 

There are a few things you need to consider before building a new deck. The first is to seek council approval. Council approval for any structure is necessary if public or environmental safety, aesthetics or land encroachment are of concern. The best way to find out if you need approval to build a deck is by contacting your local council and asking them what your local regulations are. 

You also need to check for underground cables or pipes in the area where you’re planning to build and decide on your overall deck design. This will include the decision on the measurements, height and style of your deck. A deck should be built within two inches from the bottom of the access door. So, if your home is built at ground level, you’ll need a low-elevation deck. If your home is raised, you’ll need a mid-elevation deck. In both instances, adjustable pedestal flooring will provide you with the perfect solution. 

Essential materials for building a deck

Using adjustable pedestals is recommended for timber deck construction. This adaptive decking system known as the Woodeck System can be used in conjunction with the SE, NM and Star T Series Pedestals. 

With an end that is predisposed to accommodating any type of joint or central block, this pedestal decking system allows for quick and easy adjustments. The above three systems allow for easy adjustments that can adapt to any substructure, providing a stable, functional and sophisticated level flooring solution no matter the gradient you’re working with. 

This type of adjustable pedestal system was used for the Meriton Suites Bondi Junction project with successful results. Using pedestals to mount your decking in place is a quick and low-cost solution compared to installing stumps and bearers. Along with your installation plan, you need essential materials to carry out the construction of your timber decking. 

This will include a hammer, box level, measuring tape, bolts, nails, nail gun, and of course your decking boards. The amount of timber you’ll need will be determined by the size of your deck. If you’ve decided to hire a contractor to build an elevated deck using pedestals, they can help you determine the exact quantity and provide aid in assembling. 

Building the deck

If you’ve chosen the Wooddeck System, the building phase will begin by building a strong foundation for your deck - starting with the pedestals and adaptive decking heads. 

Your choice of timber joist will be secured to the Woodeck head along with your choice of SE, NM or Star T which are all height adjustable & self-levelling (SE Series). The SE pedestals will self-adjust for any fall in the substrate, ensuring completely level joists. 

Now that your deck’s frame is complete, it’s time for the final step of laying the timber decking boards. Secure the first piece of decking using a fastener and drill, securing the screws through the side of the decking into the joist. 

Lay the second piece of decking next to the first, securing and drilling as before. Repeat this process until you have completed laying all the decking. When it comes to spacing your decking boards, use spacers at each joist to keep the gap between boards consistent and running straight. 

Most deck boards are relatively even, straight and easy to lay. If you have pedestals already laid out, then you should find it easy to align the boards. This is why pre-measuring is crucial so that when it comes to fitting in your last board it slots in perfectly and is consistent with the previous boards. 

What are the benefits of a timber deck?

Building a timber deck not only creates a fantastic outdoor space or entertaining area for your home, but it can also raise the value of your home. Adding special features like a timber deck adds an extra selling point to your home, especially if it extends your home living area. This means that future home buyers won’t have to renovate when they move in.

A decking area also provides potential. You have options to add a pergola, outdoor furniture, and even a lush garden. The versatility of timber decking means that it will always look timeless and natural and can be a welcome addition to any outdoor space regardless of size. 

Timber decking is also more affordable and easier to maintain. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to add floor space and character to your home. Consider installing timber decking with a Woodeck System to save money and time, while ensuring an elegant and stable flooring solution for years to come. 

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Article by: Nenad Pesik

Nenad Pesik is the General Manager at KEKSIÄ. He has been working in the building industry for 4 years, specialising in pedestals and raised floors. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and on a daily basis consults with businesses to find the best solution to their construction needs.