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Quadrio Building Services

NSW Mid North Coast Builder

The Ultimate Guide to Picking Materials for Your Outdoor Area

Imagine this: you’re sitting on your deck, gazing out at the ocean, but instead of enjoying the view, you’re frustrated because your deck is already showing signs of wear and tear. Sound familiar? Choosing the wrong materials for your outdoor space can lead to costly repairs and frequent maintenance. But don’t worry, with the right knowledge, you can make choices that ensure your deck or pergola remains beautiful and durable.

Choosing the right materials for your outdoor space is crucial for long-lasting beauty and minimal maintenance.


Understand Your Environment

Your outdoor space is exposed to various elements—sun, rain, salt air from the ocean, and even the occasional storm. It’s important to select materials that can withstand these conditions.

“We once worked with a client who had a deck made from untreated wood. Within a year, it was splintering and fading due to the harsh coastal weather. We replaced it with composite decking, which not only looked great but also required minimal upkeep.”

Practical Tips:

  • Salt-Resistant Materials: Opt for materials like composite decking or treated wood that can resist salt corrosion.
  • UV Protection: Choose materials that are UV-resistant to prevent fading and damage from the sun.
  • Weather Durability: Ensure the materials can handle extreme weather conditions typical to coastal areas.

Consider Maintenance

Some materials look fantastic initially but require a lot of upkeep. Think about how much time and effort you’re willing to invest in maintaining your outdoor space.

“The Jacksons loved the look of their natural wood deck but found it challenging to maintain. They switched to a high-quality composite material, which mimicked the appearance of wood but was much easier to care for. Now, they spend less time on maintenance and more time enjoying their space.”

Practical Tips:

  • Low-Maintenance Options: Composite materials and treated wood often require less maintenance than natural wood.
  • Sealants and Finishes: Use sealants or finishes that enhance durability and reduce the need for frequent reapplications.
  • Easy Cleaning: Choose materials that are easy to clean and resistant to stains and mildew.

Aesthetic Appeal

While durability and maintenance are critical, you also want your outdoor space to look stunning. Choose materials that complement your home’s architecture and your personal style.

“One of our clients wanted a modern look for their beachfront home. We used sleek aluminium for the pergola and a composite deck in a contemporary grey tone. The result was a stylish, low-maintenance space that perfectly matched their aesthetic.”

Practical Tips:

  • Color and Texture: Select colors and textures that complement your home and natural surroundings.
  • Harmonious Design: Ensure the materials work well together and create a cohesive look.
  • Custom Options: Consider custom materials or finishes that align with your vision for the space.

Choosing the right materials for your outdoor space is crucial for long-lasting beauty and minimal maintenance. By understanding your environment, considering maintenance needs, and focusing on aesthetic appeal, you can create an outdoor area that’s both functional and beautiful.

Ready to choose the perfect materials for your outdoor space? Download our free eBook, “Transform Your Outdoor Space: Expert Tips and Cost Insights for Your Dream Deck and Pergola,” and start planning your durable and stunning backyard today.

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