Categories: General Building, Structural Timber, and Verandahs & Decks.
Suppliers: Timber Development Association.

For those considering adding a deck to their outdoor living spaces, the Timber Development Association has created a practical Decking Design Guide.  This guide outlines key design and construction considerations for light domestic timber decks and applies to both raised decks and close-to or on-ground timber decks. Information included in the guide covers decks that are associated with detached houses, villas and townhouses, as well as garages, sheds and swimming pools. This new guide will help home renovators realise what’s involved in building a deck.  A timber deck can last many years so before construction takes place it’s important for homeowners to consider all the options.  In addition to aesthetic considerations such as colour and finish, lifestyle and location can be important factors when selecting decking timber. Whoever is responsible for the design and construction of the deck must be aware of the requirements of the relevant standards and regulation.  The guide provides general information on decking boards, timber durability, fixings and fittings, finishing and maintenance.  It also provides information on constructing a deck in bushfire prone areas. The easy-reference domestic decking guide is available for download at

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