Characteristics of Tallowwood That Make Is Ideal For Decking

Posted on: 14 November 2017

Tallowwood is a timber species native to the wet coastal areas of Australia, particularly in New South Wales. Although it is characterised as hardwood, it is moderately soft, making it one of the easier timber species to work with, unlike some of the harder timber species. If you are looking to construct a deck on your property, the following are some of the characteristics you should know of tallowwood that would make it a suitable option for your needs.

Tallowwood timber is incredibly durable

Hardwood timber is a favourite for construction due to the inherent durability these species offer. However, what some people may be unaware of is that the durability of timber is split into two main categories. The first is the timber species that are durable for applications above ground and the second is the timber species that are durable for applications below ground. What makes tallowwood's durability stand out from a majority of timber species is that it is suited for both above and below ground construction. Hence, you would not have to worry about using a different material for the subflooring of your decking, as the tallowwood would be capable of withstanding the constant contact with the ground.

Tallowwood timber is excellent for multiple applications

When selecting timber species, you have to consider the inherent strength of the material before you decide what application it can be used for. For example, some timber species may work great for your deck's balustrading but would fall short when it comes to deck flooring. Resultantly, you would have to invest in different building supplies for your deck construction. Investing in tallowwood timber can help you avoid these unnecessary costs. This wood species is not only suited to be used as deck flooring, but it can also be integrated as deck joinery, cladding, linings and more. Additionally, the tallowwood can also be used for other construction projects on your property such as fencing, retaining walls and more to enhance the uniformity and subsequent kerb appeal of the exterior of your residence.

Tallowwood timber has a unique appearance

If you are looking for a unique grain pattern for your decking, tallowwood would be a good bet. Although it is free of gum veins, it does have an interesting grain pattern that makes it stand out from other timber species. Moreover, the tallowwood is available in subtle hues of pale yellow to a darker brown, which is uncommon in most other white sapwood timber species. Lastly, the oil content in the timber gives it a waxy appearance that lends an innate shine to the wood. 

For more information on tallowwood decking, contact a local professional.