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  • Architectural moulding

    Architectural moulding

    Exterior decorative mouldings used to "add character to your home".

  • Bathroom Renovation

    Bathroom Renovation

    Xtreme Bathroom Renovations are a great way to bring a tired and outdated bathroom back to life.

  • Cladding

    Cladding

    Transform your home’s exterior with our cladding service.

  • Granny Flats

    Granny Flats

    With property prices continuously rising a granny flat allows you to maximise extra land.

  • Kitchen Renovation

    Kitchen Renovation

    Whether you are renovating or building a new home, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

  • Architectural moulding

    Architectural moulding

    Exterior decorative mouldings used to "add character to your home".

  • Bathroom Renovation

    Bathroom Renovation

    Xtreme Bathroom Renovations are a great way to bring a tired and outdated bathroom back to life.

  • Cladding

    Cladding

    Transform your home’s exterior with our cladding service.

  • Granny Flats

    Granny Flats

    With property prices continuously rising a granny flat allows you to maximise extra land.

  • Kitchen Renovation

    Kitchen Renovation

    Whether you are renovating or building a new home, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Decking

An outdoor deck is a useful and entertaining addition to any home. Decks are commonly made from timber and can either be attached to your house or freestanding. An attached deck with bi-fold doors is a great way to extend the living area of your house. Freestanding decks can be used for a gazebo or to surround a pool or outdoor spa.

When designing your deck, it is a good idea to consult with a professional. In the planning stages, you should consider what it is to be used for, how large it should be, where it will go, privacy and your budget. Your deck should fit with the style of your home. You also need to consider council regulations and a professional will be able to help you with this. WE AT XTREME HOME MAKEOVER CAN HELP YOU WITH ALL YOUR NEEDS.

The ideal deck will be in a north-facing direction as it will be shaded in summer and sunny in winter. However, if you are unable to take advantage of a north-facing aspect, the use of outdoor heaters and shade structures will help make your deck comfortable. If privacy is an issue, erecting a screen will ensure that your neighbours cannot see onto your decking area.

Railings are very important, both from a safety and aesthetic perspective. Your local council will have regulations on the height of your railings and the gaps between rails but as a general guideline, your railing should be a minimum of one metre high. If you are opting for balustrading or stainless steel wires, ensure that they are spaced closely enough together that young children cannot fall through. Reinforced glass is also a safe and stylish option.

When building a deck, the timber that you use is vital. You have a choice between hardwood and softwood. Hardwood is becoming increasingly popular and is naturally durable. However, make sure that your hardwood is graded and dried according to Australian standards. Improperly dried hardwood will warp or shrink.

Softwood can be used in any situation as long as it has been treated properly. Some common softwoods are radiata or hoop pine and is commonly available from most timber sellers. Whatever timber you decide to use, it must be resistant to the elements and also against termites.

The final consideration is the painting of the deck. Decking oils, stains and paints are available. Painting your deck will keep it in good condition and protect it from the weather. Oils, stains and paints have different maintenance levels so choose one that will meet your needs. Paint can last for up to ten years while oils usually need re-applying every six to eighteen months. Stains last from anywhere between two to four years.

Whether freestanding or attached, a deck will add value to the home. Careful planning before you build the deck will ensure that this value is maximised and that you and your family will enjoy your deck for many years to come.

Anyone that has a deck will know how useful they are for outdoors entertaining or relaxing and how they add value to the home. Over time, decks can turn grey or look otherwise damaged if they are not properly maintained so regular deck sealing and finishing is vital. Read on for more.

About Deck Sealing and Finishing

Your deck needs to be properly sealed and finished for a variety of reasons. Sealing the deck protects the deck against the effects of weather and also protects it from dirt, mould, algae, and other things that can damage the surface of the deck. The finishing enhances the natural beauty of the deck, bringing out the colours in the timber.

Deck sealing and finishing is done using special timber oil or sealer which is applied by a professional after the deck has been thoroughly cleaned of dirt and other contaminants which can affect the deck’s final finish.

Who Does Deck Sealing and Finishing?
Deck sealing and finishing can be done by your specialist deck company or by a carpenter at the time of construction, or if you have an existing deck that needs to be sealed, you may be well served by enlisting the services of a professional wood cleaning contractor. The professional should be appropriately qualified and licensed and be experienced at cleaning, sealing and finishing decks. XTREME HOME MAKEOVER CAN PROVIDER THESE SERVICES AND MORE.

Call our trade professionals today to get started on 1300 GO XTREME (1300 469 783) OR EMAIL US.