Spotted gum is one of Australia's premier hardwood choices for
outdoor decking projects for a number of reasons. First and
foremost is the fact that it is one of the hardest woods in the
world and so it can provide hearty, long-lasting decking at a
relatively low cost.
The natural durability of spotted gum decking in
Melbourne makes it a superior choice of materials for
construction around the world. Because it is home grown, it can be
much more affordable for decking for outdoors rooms, around pools,
or simply for extra outdoor space. The wood, with or without
staining or other treatment, can withstand the onslaught of heat
and the sun's damaging UV rays and can handle harsh rains and snows
that might be too much for softer woods, like pines.
Spotted wood decking can be had in an array of striking colours,
depending on the variety and the cut. There actually are four
species that generally are grown along the east cost of Australia.
It also is known by the names eucalyptus maculata, eucalyptus
henryi, eucalyptus citriodora, lemon-scented gum, and iron spotted
All the variations shed their bark in patches, which is what
gives the trees their recognizable spotted appearance. They are all
similarly durable, but the colours can range from the white of the
sapwood to light brown to dark red-brown. The wood has a greasy
feel to the touch, which actually helps in the boring and
Thicker sections of spotted gum decking will not require fire
retardant or other treatments, a further testament to this wood's
durability. In fact, it often is the wood of choice for those
building in areas prone to brush fires.
In addition to outdoor decking, spotted gum regularly makes an
appearance indoors for its decorative appearance. Some cuts will
feature a wavy, fiddle back shape to add to the interest. It also
is used in building wharfs and boats, for mining timbers, and in
bridge construction. It's a prime wood for use in making the
handles of tools that are used in high impact applications.
Therefore, spotted gum decking in Melbourne truly will stand the
test of time and harsh weather conditions, no matter the location.
Both the seasoned and unseasoned timber are rated for their high
strength level as well as stiffness. Its toughness is unquestioned
and can last for 40 years or more in applications above ground.
Compared with other Australian hardwoods, spotted wood decking
takes less care and is easier to stain. It has a lower instance of
the tannins bleeding through and needs less staining applications,
if any. It is naturally insect-resistant and not subject to much
For the best selection for your spotted gum decking, at prices
that are guaranteed to be the cheapest in Melbourne and Victoria
with all timber in stock, refer to the lumber experts at
www.BudgetTimberMarket.com.au. Whatever your deck design needs or
desires, we will have the perfect timber selection at the best
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