The Timeless Charm Of Timber: Crafting Durable Decks Resistant To Rot And Pests

The Timeless Charm Of Timber: Crafting Durable Decks Resistant To Rot And Pests
  • 06 Apr 2023
  • by Roots

Timber decking stands as a testament to natural beauty and resilience, offering a sustainable choice that marries aesthetics with functionality. In the evolving landscape of outdoor living spaces, the inherent durability of timber, coupled with its resistance to common Australian pests and rot, positions it as an unparalleled choice for decking projects.

Timber’s Triumph: Durability Meets Design

In the wake of 2024’s decking trends, innovative designs and sustainable choices take centre stage. The adoption of timber in decking, notably species such as Larch, Oak, and Iroko, not only promises a robust platform resistant to environmental stresses but also evolves aesthetically, acquiring a sought-after silvery patina over time. This natural weathering, enhanced by quality preservatives, offers a deck that gracefully ages while standing firm against moisture-related damages​ 

The Composite Alternative: A Symphony of Shades and Sustainability

The dialogue around decking materials has broadened, introducing composite decking as a sustainable contender. Fashioned from a blend of plastics and organic wood flakes, or entirely from polymers, composite decking presents a palette of grey shades that satisfy the contemporary thirst for chic, maintenance-minimal outdoor spaces. Whether embracing the natural transition to grey with age or selecting pre-treated options for immediate impact, the choice between traditional timber and its composite counterpart offers a spectrum of aesthetic and functional benefits.

Beyond the Brown: Exotic Timber and Creative Constructs

Exploring exotic timber species unveils a realm of aesthetic diversity. Hardwoods such as Iroko, often hailed as the African teak, and Balau from Southeast Asia, offer a rich tapestry of tones and textures. These species not only add an exotic narrative to your outdoor space but bring a level of durability that withstands the test of time and weather. Their unique grain patterns and colour variations promise a deck that is as visually compelling as it is enduring.

Furthermore, decking’s design horizon broadens with the integration of creative shapes and configurations. Moving beyond traditional rectangles, circular, semi-circular, and even more intricate shapes emerge, challenging the status quo and inviting homeowners to envision their decks as an extension of their personal style. Combined with the strategic use of lighting—whether through festoon lights, LED spotlights, or in-board lighting—these design choices illuminate the deck’s architecture, ensuring it remains a focal point of outdoor living, day or night.


As we navigate the trends of 2024, the virtues of timber decking remain undiminished. Its capacity for enduring beauty, resistance to environmental and biological challenges, and versatility in design make it a foundational element of outdoor living spaces that are as robust as they are remarkable. Whether opting for the natural evolution of timber or embracing the innovation of composites, the deck becomes a canvas, reflecting the homeowner’s vision and the innate allure of the outdoors.

Explore our decking solutions at Roots Outdoor Timber, where quality meets craftsmanship in every plank.

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