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Pine decking is a more affordable solution in comparison to balau, says Etienne du Preez of BUCO.

“These planks have a similar texture to balau with grooves cut into the surface to make them non-slip; they also turn grey if left untreated. We recommend the 32 x 110mm planks for stability,” he explains.

“The pine is treated with CCA (a preservati­ve containing copper, chromium and arsenic) and if the correct sealant is applied annually, it will easily last more than 10 years – as long as it isn’t submerged in water.”

Balau or garapa outdoor hardwoods cost about R82/running metre (19 X 90mm), whereas pine decking is about R40/running metre

(22 X 104mm); order it from a BUCO store near you.

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