Timber decking can modernise and add sophistication to outdoor spaces. It offers natural beauty, builds character and is easy to install. However, harsh weather conditions, spillages, and the build-up of dirt and grime can jeopardise your deck’s appearance. Maintaining the timber’s authentic beauty calls for basic care, and by doing so, you can ensure longevity of your decking installation. Deck maintenance can reduce the chance of discolouration, and prevent any unsafe issues arising such as loose or cracked boards. By taking a few simple steps, your timber deck will serve its purpose for years to come
1. Clean it regularly
Cleaning your timber deck doesn’t have to be difficult! All it requires is some basic, regular maintenance, as well as specific seasonal care. Remember to monitor your deck’s condition throughout the year, and take necessary measures as required.
Washing and sealing your deck is encouraged during spring, or during months with moderate temperatures. When cleaning your timber deck, choose the right cleaning products for the job. First things first, determine what type of cleaning agents your deck can withstand. Bleach-based cleaners are great for removing mildew, and acid-based products work best to eliminate stains and discolouration. Some finishes can only tolerate soap and water, so it’s important to check!
If you’re using a pressure washer, be careful! Spray the decking boards from a distance to avoid damaging the timber.
Be sure to remove any dirt or debris from your deck before cleaning, and allow the deck two days to dry if you plan on sealing it.
Some helpful cleaning tips to remember year round include:
- Sweep your deck at least twice a week to remove any sand or dirt
- Clean in between the boards at least twice yearly
- Maintain the area surrounding your deck during autumn. This involves trimming trees and bushes, and clearing gutters and downpipes of moss
2. Inspect your timber deck – is it safe?
The safety of your deck should be paramount, and while it’s important to undergo inspections year round, aim to do a comprehensive inspection during summer so that necessary repair work can be completed (avoiding wet-weather and cold temperatures).
Some key points to remember when inspecting your deck include:
- Check for signs of rot by probing steps and posts with a flathead screwdriver
- Check all joints, posts, and beams
- Look for weather-worn areas
- Inspect the hardware underneath the decking
- Shake the railing with force to ensure it isn’t loose or damaged
3. Make necessary repairs
Once you’ve completed a thorough inspection, it’s time to tackle the repairs! Replace any cracked or damaged boards, add galvanised lag screws to any loose connections, replace loose nails, and seal any cracks with an adhesive. Depending on the size of the job, professional assistance may be required.
Continue looking after your hardwood decking for a prolonged lifespan, and when it does come time to replace your decking, get in contact with us! Our specialist team at Urbanline can offer you the professional advice you need for purchasing cleaning and sealing products, or building an outdoor deck.
Our stylish yet practical product range offers architectural cladding, panelling and decking solutions to suit a wide variety of commercial applications.
The versatility of our solutions can be adapted for the most complex or creative of project briefs.
We’ve chosen three commercial applications to showcase how our building solutions were used in external cladding and interior wall cladding achieving striking results.
Striking poolside decking for a top resort
To fulfil the brief, the timber decking at the Gold Coast’s Raddison Resort needed to be both eye-catching and extremely practical.
Functionality, durability and operational health and safety were key considerations during the planning stages. There was also a practical requirement for a ramped section to allow access to the upper level and an accessible storage facility.
We used Latitudes Duro Decking in stunning walnut. The result is 160 square metres of high impact decking with full-length steps, working in perfect harmony with the adjacent vegetation and the resort’s pool and relaxation area.
An impactful feature wall for a suburban gym
Snap Fitness wanted us to completely re-imagine their interior to reflect their clientele’s lifestyle in Brisbane’s upmarket suburb of Clayfield.
We suggested Newport Cladding as a feature wall in stunning Spotted Gum. The result is a sleek, contemporary finish that’s a world away from the typical mirror-filled gym interior.
The use of timber for the internal wall cladding also provides warmth and reinforces the natural, healthy lifestyle of Snap Fitness’ members.
Spotted Gum is a hardwood timber, it’s durability made it a great match for the well-frequented suburban gym. It is perfectly suited to commercial projects where there is a constant flow of visitors, or activity.
Contemporary external cladding for a heritage-listed distillery
Everything about the Beenleigh Rum Distillery project was unique. The project vision sought a modern look to ‘house’ the historic timeline with the handcrafted tradition of rum-making inside.
The Distillery is heritage-listed so our solution needed to be tasteful. With its clean lines and tongue and groove profiles, Urbanline’s Newport Cladding in Ironbark gave a contemporary look with a respectful nod to the red colour tones of rum barrels and vats.
We finished the exterior cladding in Cutek Clear to give it longevity and ensure maintenance was kept to a minimum.
Bring our unique approach to your commercial project
Contact us today to discuss how we can help you deliver on your vision with our interior panelling and exterior cladding solutions.
With outdoor living playing such a huge part in Australian life, designs for exterior spaces need to be delivered with the same attention to detail as interiors.
Timber decking has everything from stylish looks to incredible functionality and durability.
Five stand-out benefits of timber decking are:
- Increases property value
- Practical for the indoor-outdoor family
- Transforms lifestyle properties
- Stunning visual appeal
- Strength and durability
A striking timber deck can add value to a property
Integrating high performance wooden decking solutions into designs has the potential to increase a property’s value and improve return on investment when it goes to market.
A striking deck can aggrandise the look of a home significantly. When the doors are thrown open to an impressive outdoor space, the effect on potential buyers or investors will be lasting.
Reflect the needs of the Australian indoor-outdoor family
Indoor-outdoor family homes are in demand. They offer more space for growing families and enable parents to remain indoors yet still feel connected to their children playing outdoors.
Decks are a flexible, practical application that can maximise the potential for unused yard space to accommodate family needs.
While composite wood decking is another great choice for an outdoor family area providing the look of timber decking but being completely maintenance-free.
A free-flowing lifestyle property
Decking boards are a great lifestyle property choice. They feel good underfoot, are comfortable to walk on and don’t get too hot in the sun, great for the Australian climate.
Given the potential for timber decking to integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces, it’s a great choice for architects looking to achieve a free-flowing effect.
By creating an indoor living area that flows through to the exterior deck, the transition between spaces can be so smooth it goes unnoticed. This is particularly emphasised where timber flooring is used throughout.
The visual appeal of timber is renowned
The stylish and warm look of hardwood and composite decking options can transform a backyard into an elegant, modern entertaining area with huge visual appeal and the allure of al fresco living.
Our decking solutions offer timeless beauty and come in a wide range of stunning hardwood and composites.
Functional layouts need strength and durability
Architectural designs for outdoor living spaces need to be both sophisticated and practical to meet the increasing demand for functional layouts and usable areas.
Both Hardwood decking and composite decking combine head-turning elegance and practicality. Hardwood is extremely durable and long-wearing while composite decking is maintenance free – both perfect for high traffic areas such as outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas.
We set the benchmark for decking
Choose Urbanline for a stunning range of high performance decking solutions to suit any project.
Summer may be over, but planning for bushfire season never stops for the construction industry.
The Urbanline team will be showcasing our highest Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rated decking and cladding at the end of this month at the Sydney Build Expo.
Come and see us at booth 79 to see and touch samples of our composite products that all have the beauty of timber, with less maintenance and incredible durability.
In a special expo exclusive, we’ll also be offering a sneak peek of our soon to be released Alu Selekta. Working interchangeably with Euro Selekta, it will offer a new standard in aluminium cladding that truly looks like timber but is a non-combustible option for high rises. New levels of style, new levels of choice. Don’t miss it!
Also on display will be our newly extended and very popular Vulcan cladding range. We have recently extended our thermally modified wood range introducing Vulcan Zara to complement our proven Vulcan Hector product.
The new thermally modified wood product features five new ‘chunkier’ profiles paving the way for standout design features including shadowlines and 3D effects.
Our team will be ready to say hello and answer your questions from 9.30am to 5.30pm 30 and 31 March.
Not only do the exterior of buildings have to look great, they also need to stand up to extreme weather conditions and meet building code regulations.
That’s why our Euro Selekta is fast becoming the preferred choice for external cladding. It’s durable, stylish, easy to maintain and now after recent testing – it’s BAL29 cladding rated.
Now Euro Selekta cladding is approved to be installed on any building in a bushfire prone area rated up to BAL29*.
It’s irresistible for designers and contractors being easy to maintain and install, non-leaching and compliant with BAL29 cladding regulations. Not only this, its timber grain-embossed surface is available in seven colours and it boasts a high Rw acoustic rating and exceptional sustainable qualities. It provides total confidence and peace-of-mind.
One of the most innovative composite cladding ranges on the market just got better, with a new product allowing even more creative choice.
Urbanline has extended its Vulcan range with the introduction of Vulcan Zara Cladding featuring five new, different shaped profiles. Read more
Urbanline’s Euro Selekta cladding has received another vote of confidence from the high-rise construction industry, taking pride of place on one of Melbourne’s most desirable new apartment blocks.
Located in North Melbourne at the edge of the CBD, the UAG-developed North Apartments offers more than 450 apartments across 20 storeys. In keeping with the building’s chic design, the developers needed an attractive timber-look cladding for the walls and soffits of North Apartments large balconies. But the product also had to stand up to Melbourne’s infamous weather, which swings from 45°C days in summer to driving wind and rain in winter. Read more
Cladding has a brand new look – one that’s seriously on trend, yet will stand the test of time. Introducing: African Ebony, the new sleek, black, exclusive colour to our Euro Selekta Clad range.
A perfect substitute for timber, Euro Selekta is a unique pre-finished façade with a beautiful timber-grain embossed surface. Because it won’t rot, split, warp or check, it’s perfect for hard to reach or exposed areas. From high-rise apartments to high-end homes, Euro Selekta Clad makes an instant impression. Read more
The University of Queensland Oral Health Centre, which features innovative architectural features from Urbanline, has dominated this year’s 2016 Queensland Architecture Awards, taking home the FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture, an Award for Interior Architecture and an Award for Sustainable Architecture.
This advanced teaching and research facility doubles as Australia’s largest public dentist and was recognised for ‘establishing a unique benchmark’ in its collaborative student spaces and public interface.
Urbanline’s brief was to add warmth by covering the building’s steel posts with striking Blackbutt timber ‘fins’ with a matching staircase handrail. The use of Australian Blackbutt blends perfectly with surrounding native gum trees, creating a seamless link with the building’s natural surrounds.
“Urbanline is proud to contribute to such an architecturally-significant project,” said Urbanline Managing Director Brenden Parker. “Realising this architectural vision was a major design and sourcing challenge, and the results are exceptional.”
Not only did Urbanline need to work with utmost precision to ensure smooth installation, but special profiles were created to allow for natural timber movement. Even sourcing 7,000 lineal metres of high quality Blackbutt was a challenge, as each length of timber was join-free.
As an architectural timber specialist, Urbanline rose to the test by creating a visually stunning yet highly practical solution.
Other project partners included architects Cox Rayner Architects with Hames Sharley and Conrad Gargett Riddel; builders Lend Lease; and façade supplier Yuanda.
Pan Pac’s German-made state-of-the-art thermally modified timber kiln is back in business at their Whirinaki Mill.
The kiln was installed to produce innovative products, such as the Elements Vulcan+ Hector Cladding. However, it was found to exceed guidelines for emissions. Upon discovery, production was immediately stopped so necessary modifications made.
Pan Pac then worked with the kiln supplier and technicians to overcome engineering issues identified in the kiln’s initial months of operation.
New parts were brought in from Germany and the next generation kiln underwent rigorous testing before being fully commissioned.