Decks

The timber deck is an outdoor living staple and an easy way to add value to your home. Modern decks are designed as an extension of indoor living spaces and take many shapes and forms. If you're building a new deck or renovating an existing one, we have tons of inspiration and step-by-step projects.

Replace Old Decking Boards
This deck had seen better days, but was still structurally sound. A few simple repairs brought it back to life.  Timber structures like decks, pergolas and balconies have a lot of enemies. Termites feed on timber, while corrosive elements, such...
How To Replace Old Decking Boards in 3 Steps (Thinkstock)
If hardwood or treated pine suffers from rot and decay, or the nails have rusted, then individual boards or whole sections of a deck may need to be replaced to keep it safe. Leave new decking boards for two months before oiling or staining to allow t...
Designing and building a deck as a DIY project is straightforward. Most decks are a simple arrangement of posts or piers supporting bearers and joists upon which the decking boards are laid. The proposed location of this deck next to a saltwater swim...
DIY Privacy Screen
One end of this deck is open to the garden and the other is exposed to the neighbours and so needs screening.  The original lattice screen didn’t offer a lot of privacy and wasn’t effective at hiding the water heater located next to the deck. R...
DIY Deck Renovation
A timber deck adds value to a home if it’s in good nick, and also provides an extra living space.  This deck was reaching its use-by date and needed renovating to make it both safe and inviting. First, the deck was cleared of furniture, then th...
Winter Deck Maintenance
Sponsored article Winter is one of the most critical times of the year to ensure your deck is adequately protected, as exposure to harsh weather can contribute to timber damage.   Without proper protection, cold temperatures and pouring rain can caus...
The rear of this house had recently been renovated to open it up to the backyard, but it lacked an outdoor entertaining space. To take advantage of the poolside location, a dual-level deck was built to link the indoors with the outside. Constructed a...
In this DIY video, we show you how to install a privacy screen for an outdoor area. This split-level deck was recently built in an inner city backyard, but with the neighbours so close on either side, and with the elevated deck position, privacy coul...
The old dairy at this rural property had been converted into guest accommodation, but as it was built on a slope, it lacked a level access point. A deck was built off a set of French doors to create a level access point and an outdoor area, creating...
Revamp The Balcony
Upgrade the boards and balustrade, then add a timber screen to overhaul a small deck.  A timber deck is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to expand or create an outdoor living space DIY.  Once you’ve added or extended a deck, maint...
Repair A Decayed Handrail
The handrail of this deck was decaying at the mitred corners and where it butted into the posts. The end grain hadn’t been sealed with timber preservative or paint and no silicone or gap sealant was used, allowing moisture to get in.  
Repair A Rotten Crossrail
The crossrail beneath the handrail on this deck had decayed and at one corner the end was no longer attached to the post. The last 400mm of crossrail was removed and replaced with a new piece, joined to the intact section.  
How To Repair A Decayed Deck Post
The top of the corner post on this deck beneath the damaged mitred corner of the handrail was decayed due to an ant infestation in the moist timber. The base of the post had been encased by a newer concrete slab, making it impossible for the timb...
How To Install Solar Deck Lights
If your house has a deck, it is the area most likely to be used for entertaining and relaxing, and suitable lighting is necessary so you can enjoy your deck long after the sun has set. Overhead lighting is useful for tasks like cooking, while spo...
Easy-Install Balustrade
Add a decorative finish to a new verandah with a powdercoated aluminium safety feature.  Renovations can be a hefty blow to the wallet, so it makes sense to contribute some DIY labour to tasks that do not legally have to be done by professionals....
How To Check A Deck Frame

Dangerous structural problems can be hidden beneath healthy boards.

Look below the surface to ensure the structural elements of your deck, including joists, bearers and posts, are in good shape. Replacing a joist or bearer can be difficult, but a solid framework is essential to keep a deck safe. EXAMINE THE JOI...
How To Repair Split Deck Posts
Outdoor structures are exposed to heat, cold and rain, which causes the expansion and contraction of the timber, creating cracks and splits. Cracks continue to move with the weather, so these areas of damage and any timber joints in the deck that...
How To Oil A Deck
Decks finished with oil should be cleaned and re-oiled twice a year to keep the timber protected. If decks aren’t refinished regularly, the surface will become rough and appear discoloured and dirty. Check if a deck needs refinishing by splashi...
How To Build A Deck Screen
Make your decking area a more inviting space by increasing privacy while blocking unsightly views. Time spent relaxing or entertaining on the deck is always enjoyable but if it’s exposed to the neighbours or the street, it may feel like someone i...
A deck can transform your backyard by creating a fantastic outdoor entertaining area that the whole family can enjoy.   In this step by step video series, we take you through the whole process of building a deck from designing the deck to final...
In this DIY Video, we explain how to install posts to support a deck.   The posts are the most important part of the deck as they support the structure of the deck.   Posts are attached to post supports which can be concreted into the footi...
In this DIY video, we explain what you need to know about bearers and joists when building a deck.   Bearers run parallel to the ledger. If you need to join two bearers for a long span, you'll need to create a half lap directly over a post.  ...
Boards run parallel to the bearer and perpendicular to the joists. When attaching the boards, use galvanised fasteners to prevent corrosion, which can cause major problems. A stringline is tied between a nail on the joists at either end to make sure...
In winter, outdoor entertaining at home becomes less of an option unless you can provide protection from wind and rain. Constructing a roof over your deck creates shelter and protects it from the elements. Enclosing the sides of the deck is the solut...
Lay Easy Maintenance Decking
Transform a sandy no-go zone into a maintenance-free outdoor living space using manufactured boards. Adding an extension is a great way to increase both the value of a house and available living space, but sometimes it affects how adjacent areas ca...
Once you new decking boards are installed the next step is to apply the finish to seal the deck and complete the job.   Many imported hardwood decking timbers like merbau and balau have a high content of naturally occurring water-soluble resins calle...
We show you how to repair a timber handrail by fixing and sealing joints, then sanding and painting timber.  "Wood exposed to the elements wont last long and this handrail has taken a bit of a battering. Now I could replace it but a bit of timber...
Basic DIY skills are important for every homeowner,’ says Jake Tyson. ‘It’s a way to spread those hard earned dollars, allowing small renovations to go further than expected.’ Jake and Shannon joined forces and completed the build in a day. As res...
An outdoor deck with shade.

You can design an outdoor space full of character and individuality

The great Aussie deck is a traditional and practical place to capitalise on our temperate climate and make the most of outdoor living. Many homeowners like the idea of building a deck if they don’t already have one, but it’s important to think ca...