The Best Types of Wood to Install in an Outdoor Living Space

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Every home should have an outside living space, it allows you to entertain without clearing up the house, it also allows you to simply enjoy the outside on a warm evening. Once you have an outside space you may be surprised by how often you use it!

However, not all outside spaces are created equal! Wood is an excellent choice for an outdoor area as it is generally durable and looks natural. But, there are many different types of wood available, you’ll need to pick one of the best types of wood for your outdoor space, especially if you want it to last.

Consider it this way, if you’re looking to replace an inside floor you’d aim for the very best French oak floors that you could afford. Understanding the wood types available for your outside space will help to ensure you pick the best possible floors for your new living area.


As the name suggests this is harder wood which makes it more durable although harder to cut if you’re cutting by hand.

The most popular hardwoods in Australia at the moment are Spotted Gum and Jarrah.

It is worth noting that these woods will fade over time, to prevent this from happening you’ll need to coat them in a timber finish oil, or varnish. This will help your deck area to look fantastic for years to come.


Softwood products are much cheaper than hardwood options. But, they are softer and will be less durable.

Pine is the most common and popular option for a softwood deck and it will do the job well. It is light and easy to work with, making it one of the best options if you’re planning on laying the deck yourself.

However, you’ll need to oil or varnish it every year or it will quickly start to rot and fall apart on you! It is a good budget option and can look fantastic, providing you’re prepared to do the maintenance.

The Composite Option

Composite decking is effectively a mix of wood and recycled plastics. This is helping to prevent plastics from going into landfill sites, preserving the environment for future generations.

That means you can feel good about buying this decking solution!

It is generally more expensive than hardwood or softwood but it is also likely to last much longer. Composite decking shouldn’t fade and won’t need to be treated every year, it’s the easy long-term option.

You will need to wash it occasionally.

Modular Decking

In effect, modular decking is just wood that has been pre-fabricated into panels. It usually comes as a kit, allowing you to install it anywhere in virtually no time. Because it is usually made from hardwood it is very durable but you will need to oil the boards on a regular basis.

Because it’s prefabricated and comes in a kit this tends to be the most expensive option, but you will appreciate how quickly it can be put together!


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