Treated pine or hardwood? Seems an age old question that we are often asked by clients on decking projects. Essentially it comes down to your preference.
Treated pine pool decks
Because a pool deck gets extra punishment with excess water treated pine simply isn’t the best choice. A lightweight wood in weight and in colour, easy to carry and work with and is cheap to supply. On the downside it is prone to noticeable warping after it expands and cracks following wet to hot conditions so it’s not the best material for a deck.
Hardwood pool decks
Are heavier duty with a typically reddish colour, but not all. In Australia we have access to a vast variety and if you are after the lighter look you could opt for a spotted gum because it has a higher concentration of light in it’s grain. Hardwood has fewer knots and much less prone to warping from the elements. It will expand and shrink, but not to the same degree as pine. In terms of cost, hardwood is initially more-costly, but pays off due to its natural durability. Aesthetically it looks great and is what we recommend for decks first.
Composite pool decks
Composite has come along way. Made from a mix of recycled board with plastic with no required maintenance. The higher end products nowadays don’t mark easily lookig great for years and come with substantial warranty. The higher end composites are now much more deck worthy.
Glass pool fencing is stylish giving an unfiltered view of your pool area, but it can also be private with added frosting or tinting. It does come with a heftier price tag and mixing both glass with aluminium fencing offers a good budget compromise without compromising the design.
Aluminium pool fences are light weight, strong and are an economical alternative to glass or stainless steel. Aluminium pool fences can be powder coated in a large variety of colours to match your existing joinery and roofing.
To be compliant, the minimum height from ground level to the top of the pool fence must be 1.2m. The maximum gap from ground level to the bottom of any barrier is 1m. There must also be one gap of at least 900mm between any horizontal rails on the outside, and the gaps in the vertical members must not exceed 1m.
There’s a lot to consider and we’re more than happy to share our expert recommendations based on your individual needs.
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