James Potter Landscaping

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Are you sick of gravel or soggy grass?? Enhance your outdoor living for all seasons of the year!

Adding a pergola & deck will increase your usable living area, making it easy for you to entertain and enjoy your tranquil relaxation time.

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Repairs to deck

In this instance the front porch had been completely sealed, not allowing rain and weather to escape from the confines of the porch.

The existing decking had rotted away and it was unsafe to enter the home from the front.

Using props, the roof was supported allowing repairs to timber substrate and new deck to be built. This is general home maintenance if the footprint is not changed nor the height no permit is required.

Piles meet or exceed minimum standards – usually 125 x 125 (H5).

Bearers & joists H4, decking customers preference.

Grooved – non grooved (premium) Kwila, Vitex, Saligna, Pine and Jarrah. Considerations to be aware of in making a choice are: Lengths available, moisture content, durability, profile, bleeding, splintering, hardness, width of board as well as cost.

Moisture Content

Timber swells and shrinks as it gains and loses moisture from the environment. If you are ordering decking timber, make sure it has an appropriate moisture content (usually Air Dried is sufficient, but some timbers may need to be Kiln Dried).

Timber Deck Durability

Durability can be explained in more detail; basically, you need to make sure your deck will last. For example we would not recommend using Macrocarpa for decking because the boards may have Sap on the edge that will cause it to decay very quickly.

Timber Deck Profile

Generally, decking is available as Reeded One Face (also known as Griptread) which has a Smooth back, but a Smooth on both faces option may also be available.  You should think about whether you want a Reeded Face (better for grip in the wet) or a Smooth Face (cleaner looking deck).

Timber Deck Bleeding

All timber will bleed, that is, leech a coloured dye when in contact with water. For most timbers, the amount of bleeding is minimal and will have no effect.  However, Kwila bleeds a lot, and the dye that leeches out will stain surrounding concrete and plaster.

Timber Deck Fixing

It is recommended that only annular grooved nails are used for fixing decking to joists. This is because, as the timber naturally swells and shrinks, it may push up a smooth shanked nail. It is also recommended (but not as common in practice) to pre-drill all nails.  Another important note is that where possible nails should be in an offset pattern so that two nails do not cause the wood to split.