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Home Living : February 7th 2012
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 7, 2012 MB OUTDOOR LIVING PLAYING MATCHMAKER FIND THE RIGHT WOOD FOR YOUR DECK STANDARD OF WORK Building a deck in bushfire-prone areas may also require adherence to Australian Standard AS3959: Construction of Buildings in Bush Fire Prone Areas. Local councils will be able to assist with information on the relevant regulations. Also, building approvals may be required, depending on the scope of the deck. Janita Singh A decking's longevity is dependant on what type of wood is selected. SELECTING the right timber for outdoor decking requires homeowners to ask a few ques- tions before they choose. According to Boral Timber marketing manager Robyn Barnes, it's important to con- sider which timber species are most suited to a particular location. ''Australian hardwood species are an excellent choice for decking because of their high density, toughness, colour spectrum, natural beauty and durability,'' Ms Barnes said. Some tips to get it right Spotted Gum has a natural fire resistance, making it suit- able for bushfire prone areas. This hardwood also has a termite-resistant property. By using the same timber species inside and outside, deck- ing can enhance the natural flow from indoor flooring to the outdoors, creating additional living space. Selecting decking timber with the right strength for the job is vital. Outdoor entertain- ment and living spaces require durable materials. Homeowners should ensure the product they select has been produced under a Quality As- surance system that meets Aust- ralian standards. Once the selection has been made, knowing how to finish, clean and maintain the timber will preserve colour and improve the deck's lifespan. In order to complement an outdoor colour scheme or match the interior of a home, hard- wood decking timber is easily finished with a clear decking oil or stain. It can also be left to weather and turn a soft silver- grey. A simple sand and coat with a decking finish to the exposed surfaces will help restore deck- ing timber to its original appearance. After installation, clean and remove all metal filings from drilling, nailing or other con- struction that may cause stain- ing on the timber when exposed to the elements. Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1 World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB Master Builders Association HIA Member Builders Lic: 93536C Visit our Showroom: 361 Pennant Hills Road Pennant Hills NSW 2120 CORNER OF GEORGE STREET Call us: For FREE measure and quote 1300 361 390 View our Website: www.pergolaland.com.au FREE QUOTES: PERGOLAS DECKS OPENING ROOFS CUSTOMISED dŚĞ d ĞĚ K ĚŽŽ ĚĚŝ ŽŶ ^ Ğ ŝĂůŝ HIA MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION AUSTRAL IA NEW SOU TH WA LES L IBERTYPROCESS STAB IL ITY FIRST INCORPORATED 1873 Chairs & Lounges Permanent Exhibition Showroom & Warehouse 10/1 Vuko Place Warriewood NSW 2102 Phone: 02 9913 1133 Castle Hill Home Hub Centre Cnr Hudson & Victoria Ave Castle Hill NSW 2154 Phone: 02 9634 8855 www.niceinteriors.com.au Any size Only 3 weeks delivery Australian Made 2156479 9/8 #OPENHAGEN SEATER ONLY CM WIDE 9938 4377 Showroom 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale firstname.lastname@example.org supershades.com.au Free All suburbs in home consultation Get the Look Conditions apply. Not valid with any other offer. 20%off Curtains 10 %off Shutters 15 %off Awnings Stadium Collection only Selected range Selected range
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