Revamping your old timber decking in 4 easy steps


Whether you've just bought a new house or you want to invest a bit of love in your existing home, revamping your timber decking will significantly improve the look of your property, and add real value to your investment.

Timber is universally adored for its inherent, natural beauty and the rich diversity of wood species. Outdoor entertaining and relaxing are two of the best parts of life in the Australian climate, and a timber deck provides the perfect space to kick up those heels or kick back and relax. But when your timber's looking worn and old, it can put a dampener on the look and feel of your property.

Why does timber decking need replacing?

Timber decking is remarkably hardy, even when exposed to the elements over many years. Occasionally it does need replacing, particularly when it hasn't been maintained as rigorously as recommended or when it has been exposed to harsh environments over a long period of time.

How to replace timber decking

Revamping your old timber decking is relatively simple and enjoyable. If you're keen to give it a go, read on.

1. Assess the damage

Before you rush out and start pricing timber, take a good look at the damage. Will you need to replace the entire deck or merely splice in a few new boards?

2. Get measuring

Next, work out how much timber you'll need to complete the job. If you're replacing only sections of your decking, you'll waste less lumber if you aim to cut the replacement pieces from long planks.

3. Match your timbers

If you're looking to replace the original look and design of your home in a whole new deck or want to match a few new boards to the existing decking around them, then you'll need to work out what species you're dealing with. As timber weathers, it can become hard to discern one species from another, so remove a board, cut off the end and take a look at what's inside. The colours, grain and even smell will help you identify your species. If you're still not sure, taking your sample to your timber supplier will set them well on their way to finding what you're looking for.

4. Get hammering

With your existing framework in place, replacing the timber on your deck is a simple matter of ripping out the old and nailing in the new.

Revamping your old timber decking is the perfect way to put a fresh face on the home you love and boost the value of your property. 


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