DE­SIGN TIPS

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Outdoor Living -

• If your deck is fin­ished with oil you’ll need to clean and re-oil it twice a year. A stained deck needs re­fin­ish­ing ev­ery two years.

• For a co­he­sive look, build bench seats or stor­age us­ing the same tim­ber as your deck.

• Con­sider al­ter­na­tive deck­ing ma­te­ri­als that don’t re­quire as much TLC. A fi­bre ce­ment op­tion such as Hardiedeck suits the Aussie cli­mate as it’s re­sis­tant to shrink­ing from heat and warp­ing or rot­ting from mois­ture.

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