Why Spotted Gum Is A Great Choice For Decking

Spotted gum decking Perth house

Many homeowners are drawn to spotted gum decking for its spectacular good looks. It has a striking tone and texture found only in premium hardwoods. But, is there more to this naturally beautiful timber than just a pretty face? In short, yes.  Spotted Gum has many other impressive features that make it an ideal choice for your outdoor area. Let’s take a closer look at why spotted gum is a great choice for decking.

What makes Spotted Gum timber good for decking?

Spotted Gum Timber Deck Swan River

Spotted gum is well-suited for decking because of its durability and superior wood properties, which include hardness, high density and strength.

It shrinks and moves less than some other timber decking options thanks to its remarkable density. Spotted gum is also naturally resistant to termites, stains and fire. In fact, it is a recommended timber in bushfire-prone areas.

As a decking material, spotted gum can stand up to the harsh Australian elements. It will also endure the rigours of daily use over a long period of time. With all these things in its favour, it’s easy to see why there’s a healthy demand for spotted gum timber decking across Perth.

Is Spotted Gum timber expensive?

Spotted Gum Timber decking

Spotted gum timber prices are often a little higher than prices of other timber decking options, but with good reason. Spotted gum is a superior material. It’s also a well-managed industry where the trees ‘play a role in land rehabilitation and management.

Though upfront costs for spotted gum timber may be higher than other options, this hardwood timber will withstand the test of time when treated and maintained properly. As a result, investing in spotted gum as a decking option can really pay off in the long run.

If you’re on a budget, be aware that there are timber decking specialists who offer spotted gum at competitive prices. They have periodic promotions on selected timber products. This means you may be able to get your hands on premium spotted gum timber for your decking without going over budget.

Is Spotted Gum timber easy to work with?

Laying Spotted Gum decking

People are surprised at how easy spotted gum is to work with. For such a strong, dense timber, spotted gum has very few workability issues. While the wood has a low number of imperfections, it has high levels of natural oils- making it easy to cut and machine. 

This popular decking timber also readily accepts stains and oils. Its minimal tannin content means it doesn’t ‘bleed’ as much as certain other native timbers can.

What does Spotted Gum timber look like?

Spotted Gum timber colour

The spotted gum tree has a pale appearance with its pink to grey-blue bark. In contrast, the timber has a much warmer colour palette, ranging from light brown to golden brown to a rich chocolate dark red/brown. This makes spotted gum a very popular decking option. With time, spotted gum timber decking will fade to an attractive grey.

As for the grain of this native timber, architects, designers and homeowners often fall in love with the wavy pattern found in many varieties of spotted gum. These waves are often referred to as natural ‘fiddleback’ and are a distinguishing characteristic of this hardwood timber.

What makes spotted gum so good?

In short, the characteristics that make spotted gum so appealing are:

  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Resistance to weather, termites, stains, bushfires and everyday wear and tear
  • Workability (it machines well)
  • Sustainability 
  • Highly attractive natural look

If you’d like to invest in beautiful spotted gum timber for your outdoor deck, contact Austim today. We’ll give you a free quote and help you choose the best decking for your home. Isn’t it time you stepped up to next-level decking?


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