The most common asked questions of our Brisbane Deck Builder are provided on the FAQ page. There are however some additional deck questions questions that are asked, less frequently but may still be of interest to others, and these are provided below.
How long does it take you to build a deck?
Most decks require 1-3 weeks to physically build. From inception to completion including design and certification, approximately 8 weeks should be allowed.
How long does a timber deck last?
This really depends on the timber and whether it has a roof. A deck with an appropriate roof should last well over 25 years and we like to think even more than 50 years. When built exposed to the weather, then the time frame is much more variable. Careful choice of materials and hardware should be considered when building a deck and even more so if there is no roof. High quality hardwood construction alongside stainless steel/hot dipped galvanised fixings will provide the best longevity.
When building a deck for me can you include lighting in the stairs and on the deck itself?
Sure we can design with you where the lights should be included and we have good relationships with electricians so if their skills are needed we can co-ordinate that work as well.
Do you recommend painting or staining a deck?
It is generally recommended to either paint or stain a deck and this comes down to personal preference. This is not essential however for good quality hardwood species. There is a growing trend actually, to let the hardwood naturally age with the timber “greying off”.
How long does Council approval take?
Council approval in general takes 3-6 weeks with any boundary relaxations having an impact on this. Building over or near council infrastructure (sewer or storm water) can certainly add to this time frame.
How much do you charge for designing a deck?
Design of your deck is part of the process and included in the fixed price. We are passionate about sensible, well considered design and have years of experience to draw from. Your deck should be created to better your lifestyle whilst also increasing the sale-ability and value of your home.
Can you give me a rough idea of how much it will cost to have a deck built?
This is totally dependent upon the size of the deck, the decking materials and the deck design. The costs of decks usually start from around $300 per square metre for a near ground deck and around $1000 per square metre for second storey decks with a roof. A budget of between $10 000 and $40 000 affords the majority of our clients a wonderful deck.
Where can I see some examples of the decks that you have designed and built?
I want to do as little deck maintenance as possible, what type of deck do you suggest?
The modern range of composite decking accommodates this scenario. There are many to choose from and most of the decision comes down to personal preference.
Is it okay to clean my deck with a high pressure hose?
Yes you can clean with a high pressure hose within reason. No need to blast it too hard though.
What is a UV deck treatment?
This is protection against the suns rays.
Which is better, oil or water based stains?
We advocate water based acrylics, as they are more environment friendly which we are passionate about.
What deck materials are most eco-friendly?
We aim for all of the materials we source to be as eco-friendly as possible. All timber should be sourced from renewable forest production. At every opportunity we source locally, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting local employment. Most composite decking is made from recycled materials.
Do I need to organise a skip, how much of the cleanup will I be responsible for?
You don’t need to worry about any sort of cleanup as we will do this on a daily basis as we work onsite. When we have finished building your deck for you we always make sure that there is no debris left onsite.
Does laying the grooved side of the timber boards up make the deck less slippery?
No, bit of a wives tale this one. Actually it is incorrect to lay the groove up. All that happens is water sits in the groove and the boards deteriorate faster than otherwise. We have replaced quite a few decks with this incorrect installation. In fact the opposite occurs, and the boards are actually even more slippery with the grooves up.
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If you are read the above questions and those on our FAQ page and still do not have the information that you would like regarding a deck, please give us a call or send us an email and we will do our best to help you out.