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In addition to building, creating and installing beautiful timber decks, we offer other complimentary construction services to improve your landscape.
- Jetty installation
- Pool decks
- Timber fences, walls & gates
- Timber frame extensions
- Walkways and bridges
- Wooden pergolas
- Wooden planters and trellises
- Wooden privacy screens
- Wooden stairs and balustrades
Deckscapes generally uses the following materials:
- Rhino Wood
- Composite decking
- Stainless Steel
CCA Treated Pine is used by Deckscapes on most of the decking substructure. Pine can also be used as decking, (including in applications over or near water). However, being a softer timber it is best used in low-traffic areas. It can be stained to specific colour requirements.
Pine requires regular treatment and will develop fine cracks over time.
The quality is however very good and is harvested from local and sustainable forests which means we are supporting local business.
Balau is used worldwide but originates in Malaysia. In the last 20 years that it has become well known in the South African construction industry. It has become the premier choice for external and marine applications, because of its density and durability.
The heartwood is light brown to yellowish light brown gradually turning dark brown. As the timber weathers it turns a silvery grey. Yellow Balau looks very much like teak in colour. The grain ranges from straight to spiraled and interlocked. The texture varies from fine to coarse. We use Balau for its durability, strength, seasoning and mechanical properties.
For centuries Balau has been used for shipbuilding, heavy-duty furniture, heavy construction and is popular as a result of its excellent strength and weather resistant qualities. Nailing is difficult to impossible, and pre-boring is essential when using screws. Work-ability with hand tools is difficult but it machines well. The use of stainless steel screws is advised. Shrinkage occurs so tolerance must be allowed for.
The tree is commonly attacked by Pinhole Borer Beetle which leaves the timber with small and scattered pattern of small holes referred to as “Pin hole”
This attack occurs only in tree form or when the log is freshly felled. It is a characteristic of Balau and it does not affect the strength of the timber in any way. There is a saying in the industry, “If there is no pin hole – then it is not Balau”. Knots can be present but they are usually sound.
Occasionally, acidic reactions occur when the balau timber is in contact with ferrous metals. This is seen as black “ink like” markings, and these fade in time. Leaching (loss of natural oil from the timber) may occur during the first wet season after installation but this gradually reduces after several seasons.
This dense hardwood is sometimes known as Brazilian Ash or Grapia.
It is a low maintenance wood which weathers to a silver gray colour if not treated to maintain its golden, natural beauty.
Garappa is a fine grained timber, soft underfoot, and is scratch resistant which makes it a popular choice for outdoor decking.
Garappa can safely be used for decking, jetties, pergolas and balustrades.
Teak is one of the hardest and most durable of the African hardwood trees. It is also one of the most beautiful timbers in the world, with a fine, close grain and deep, rich natural colour.
Harvested from the vast forest of the Kalahari sand veldt, the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world. This is done under the watchful supervision of the Forestry Commission and the Forest Stewardship Council.
Teak comes mainly from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola & The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is very hard and durable, and is used mainly for joinery, furniture, counter tops, boat building, flooring and decking.
Rhino Wood is sustainably grown soft wood that has been converted into a hardwood equivalent. This is done through thermal heat treatment and cell permeation with a non-toxic compound. You can find out more about Rhino Wood over on our blog by clicking here.
An alternate decking solution. Composite decking is both stain and mould resistant and require no sanding or sealing. They have also been laboratory tested for weather conditions and have proven to be incredibly long lasting. Composite Decking products are manufactured from 65% reclaimed wood flower from the byproduct of the timber industry. The composite nature of this decking also means that no harmful sealants or treatments are required in the maintenance life cycle. No toxic chemicals are required to maintain this type of deckings natural beauty and longevity. You can read more about composite decking on our blog by clicking here.
We use stainless steel screw with all our decking that doesn’t make use of the hidden clip system. Fixings, like brackets and thread bar, are also stainless steel unless we are specifically asked to use something different.