Advice on hardwood decking
Russell had a homeowner last year who specified they would like Garapa timber, and fortunately the client had done their research as the timber requires a pre-seal on all four sides before assembling.
“The homeowners liked the colour of the timber, it was good to work with, had a really nice finish, and they were aware of the care needed to maintain their deck,” Russell says.
While there is demand for various timber imports, kwila still remains a Kiwi favourite.
“Majority of people want their decks built with kwila, but there are drawbacks; I’ve got a kwila deck at home, and when the purple tannins leeched onto the concrete, the wife wasn’t happy,” Russell laughs.
He mentioned it had been under a year since he used a water-based sealer, and will most likely water blast it off to re-do it with an oil-based sealer for a better finish.
Advice on softwood decking
Matthew Taylor of G&M Building Services says when it comes to kwila or pine, he would choose pine all the way.
“Pine is cheaper than kwila, and it’s easier to work with,” Matthew says.
He mentioned clients are opting for local pine due to the lower cost of materials, and they are willing to pay for repairs after the product starts to wane.
“After a good water blast and a quality stain, it looks brand new.”