Having a deck provides the perfect outdoor entertaining space as it creates a natural free flowing extension of the indoor areas, and can be easily built at the same level as internal floors, unlike other alternatives such as concrete pavers or tiles. "Not having to step down into an outdoor area creates flow and connects indoor and outdoor space effortlessly," says OneStopDeckShop Wood Guru, Stacey Rawson. "That is what makes a deck the outdoor material of choice. You can also lie on a deck and read a book whilst soaking up the sun and working on the perfect tan."
With so many options now available to suit every budget it pays to spend some time pre-planning and working out what material, colour and board size to use.
For those customers who want a deck that looks great from the day it's laid and will stay looking that way for years to come with minimal upkeep, Modwood offers the perfect deck solution. Made from a combination of sawdust (sawmill residue) and recycled plastic milk containers combined into a composite material Wood Plastic Composite (WPC), means Modwood is also a great eco-friendly option. Although WPC decking has been around for decades in the North American market, the Australasian climate is unique with relatively high UV rays meaning plastics need to be specifically developed to hold up to the harsh environment.
Modwood has evolved and been perfected over many years with a lot of effort being put into creating a product that looks and feels as natural as real wood with all the added benefits of WPC.
Says Rawson: "The real benefit of Modwood is when you look at the maintenance costs over the life cycle of the deck. Modwood is simply a low maintenance solution that not only keeps its colour, but won't rot, warp, crack or splinter with the added benefit of being easy care and non-slip, making it a great option for residential and commercial applications. The busy people of today prefer to spend their weekends and evenings relaxing and enjoying their deck, not working on it. Being marginally dearer than traditional hardwood those benefits really outweigh the initial outlay."
Installation of Modwood using the recommended KelvaKlip hidden deck fastening system means there are no nails or screws. This gives the deck a clean look as well as providing a safe nail-free surface. Traditional screw fastening can also be used if preferred. Modwood is different to traditional timber, and although not difficult, builders need to take time to understand the installation requirements and techniques.
Available in four attractive colours with the added choice of a brushed (more weathered) looking surface or standard embossed, Modwood decking comes in a choice of 137x23mm or 89x23mm boards.
Other options include:
- ModWood Marina board which is a bigger, stronger board designed for marinas, boardwalks, seating, garden edging and heavy duty decking areas.
- Moodwood Mini board for screening and fencing applications.
- Modwood Flame Shield specially formulated ModWood board with a fire-retardant additive included.
ModWood Decking combines stylish form with practical function, making it the perfect solution for a range of commercial and residential applications — from small private patios and garden edging to large pool areas.