Decking Options for Outdoor Living in Rodney

Decking with dark stained timber

When it comes to finding the right decking solutions in Rodney, Zones are the local specialists you can count on. We restore and build beautiful decks from Warkworth to Wellsford, and can answer all your decking questions, from what sustainable decking options are available to whether a deck really does add value to your home.

Whether you want to create a stunning resort-style oasis or have questions about creating a versatile outdoor living space, your local Rodney Zones Consultant can design and deliver your dream deck and help you with personalised advice, so get in touch for a free, no obligation consultation. In the meantime, check out our handy deck FAQ guide below! 

What decking material is best?

The best decking material is the one that suits your needs! Consider your environment, maintenance, cost, sustainability, and of course aesthetics when designing your deck. There are so many decking options - including soft and hardwood timber, PVC, bamboo, concrete, and composite materials - that it can become overwhelming, but your Zones Consultant can help you understand the differences and guide you to make the best choice for your tastes, budget, and lifestyle. 

Timber decking with pergola

What are popular Hardwood decking options?

Kwila is a tropical timber that is extremely popular in New Zealand and is one of the best hardwood decking options. It is durable, has a rich, reddish-brown appearance that brings warmth and vibrancy to an outdoor space, is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage, and is cheaper than composite decking. Check out this deck built in Orewa for a stunning example of a kwila deck. The good looks do require some maintenance though; oiling is essential so that the wood doesn’t split in our dry climate.

Other hardwood timber deck options include garapa, vitex, purple heart, and thermory ash decking. Your Zones consultant can help you understand the pros and cons of each different timber.

What is sustainable decking?

We all want to be conscious of our environmental impact, and ensuring your new deck is eco-friendly is a priority for many homeowners. Timber that has been grown and milled responsibly from well managed forests in New Zealand such as pine, macrocarpa, and vulcan are some of the most sustainable decking materials, and the most affordable timber decking options. This pine deck in Rodney provided a fantastic affordable outdoor transformation for the homeowners.

If you’re a hardwood lover don’t despair – many options such as Kwila or Garapa are sourced from sustainably managed forests overseas making them an environmentally friendly choice. Bamboo decking is also gaining traction and is a rapidly renewable resource making it an eco-friendly solution. 

Decking with black pergola

What is a low maintenance decking option?

If you value a low maintenance lifestyle, consider PVC or composite decking. Composite decking material is made from recycled plastic and wood fibres and is popular because it is durable and requires little maintenance. PVC is made from a type of plastic and has no organic material, which means there will be no issues with mold, mildew, or rot, making it a little to no maintenance option. 

Pine is also one of the best pressure treated wood for decks, which can make it a low maintenance deck wood option.

How long will my deck last?

The life expectancy of your deck will depend on the material you choose, your maintenance schedule, and the environment. An untreated timber deck can last anywhere from 10-30 years depending on whether it is soft or hard wood, while treated wood or composite can last 30 years or more. PVC decking has a lifespan of up to 50 years and is a very low maintenance option.

With good care, your deck can last for years to come, and transform your outdoor living space. Your Zones Consultant can help you choose the right decking material for your budget and lifestyle.

Decking with pizza oven

Need advice? Have questions?

Zones have designed and delivered stunning decks all around Rodney and are here to help! Get in touch for a free, no obligation consultation and you could be relaxing on your new deck sooner than you think! 

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