“Summertime ….. And The Livin’ is Easy “… Or it CAN be !! …Yes, with the South African summer right on the doorstep now, what’s the best Christmas present you could give to your family (and yourself)? (This one won’t fit into a Christmas stocking however …)
Ponder and Dream of how ‘lekker’ it would be to have a good quality sundeck in our sunny climate, leading off your lounge, and onto your pool or into your garden… and yes, in South Africa a sundeck is as important as your lounge, or more so because of our outdoor lifestyle.
Who to get to build it?
The benefits of having it professionally installed versus a ‘fly by night builder’, or tackling this mammoth task yourself; the importance of the maintenance of your valued product and the importance of what wood type to use in its construction are all considerations to take into account when planning to invest in this forever “best thing I ever did” choice. Make it your Christmas gift to the whole family, all in one!
Materials used in the construction include the following. All are good quality materials, able to weather the weather (pun intended) if properly maintained. An example:
• Balau (an imported hardwood from Indonesia, extremely dense, contains toxins that prevent termite damage and resins which repel water to prevent rot).
• Kalgard screws (similar to epoxy coating where the coating on the screw is baked on
• Stainless Steel Screws
• Epoxy to fill screw holes where the screw has been counter sunk to prevent water getting in the little hole which slows down rot
• Timber preservative rather than varnish (varnish sits on top and cracks and flakes from the UV in the sun’s rays, whereas timber preservative soaks into the wood nourishing it thereby preventing flaking and peeling of varnish.)
The Wood Joint pays special attention to detail in all products and places great importance on durability and longevity in their products by applying sound techniques and slightly over engineering most products.
They pride themselves in their quality workmanship and use only top quality timber sourced from reputable suppliers.
A sundeck is a valuable addition to any home and will not only provide many years of enjoyment, but will also enhance the value of your property.
With the correct care, maintenance costs can be kept to a minimum and the life span of your deck increased.
The Wood Joint will assist you in a design that will be cost effective and will best suit your needs taking into account the existing structure that is in place.
With years of experience in the deck building industry, The Wood Joint can advise, design, maintain and erect your deck in the most cost effective and structurally best methods.
Other Products, Other Timbers …
“We have listed the three most commonly used timbers to construct decks which have been selected due to their structural strength, longevity and cost effectiveness. There are however other timbers that can be used and these can be discussed individually.”
The Wood Joint (www.thewoodjoint.co.za) from my experience and that of many is dependable, reliable, knowledgeable and professional … View their website to see the quality and standard of their Sundecks and a wider portfolio of other specialities their experience encompasses:
• Garden Bridges
• Pool Decks
• Screens (vertically installed to provide privacy)
• Cladding (on walls mainly for aesthetic purposes)
The most commonly used, and most cost effective timber, is Balau which is sourced from south East Asia. It is a yellow – brown to dark brown timber with a fine texture and interlocked grain and is extremely durable under tropical conditions.
It is a fairly heavy timber weighing between 800 kgs and 1, 000 kgs per cubic metre when dry.
It can be sealed or left unsealed. Unsealed it weathers to a grey colour. It can also be stained easily using a variety of tints to change the colour.
Garapa is also a popular decking material as it is hard, heavy, tough and strong and is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. Found most commonly in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Eastern Peru.
It normally weighs between 800 kgs and 960 kgs per cubic metre when dry. A fine grained timber varying in colour from yellowish to yellow – brown / yellow – pink.
It is, to a degree, scratch resistant reducing sanding during scheduled maintenance.
Sourced form the West Indies and Central and South America, this timber is suitable for decks due to its hardness.
It is extremely heavy weighing in at about 1, 050 kgs per cubic metre when dry.
The texture is fine and uniform. The grain is usually straight but sometimes interlocked.
The heartwood is light red to rose red.
Keruing is naturally found in South East Asia.
The timbers vary in colour from pinkish-brown to dark brown and look rather characterless. Grain is straight or shallowly interlocked and the texture is moderately coarse and even. All of the species contain oleo-resins and many of them will exude it onto surfaces during drying or when exposed to heat or sunshine when in use.
The weight is variable too but is generally within the range 720 to 800 kg/m3 when dried.
It is moderately durable.
For free quotes and more information on The Wood Joint’s various wooden products contact us on 031 – 762 1795 or complete the form below.
- Balau screening in Cotswold Downs – June 2013 (thewoodjoint.co.za)