All-weather solution: a versatile decking option


Whatever the climate, composite timber is the right choice if you want long-lasting, easy-case decking and cladding

On Point Projects, a Queensland company known for its creative, cost-effective approach to construction, is bringing its expertise to this multi-residential project in Ocean Shores, a seaside location on the north coast of New South Wales. The company was engaged to build 14 one-bedroom townhouses, which had been sold off the plan to both investors and owner-occupiers.

Stage one of the two-stage project has been completed — this included all civil works and the first four townhouses. Stage two will be completed by the end of 2017. The townhouses that make up stage one are set high on a hill and take in views of the coastline just north of the Brunswick River and south of New Brighton Beach. The Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve is on the other side of the road and just a further 200m away, as the crow flies, the Pacific Ocean laps the golden sand.

It’s a prime location, indeed, but one that catches a lot of wind, salt, sun and sand. As a builder, understanding the local environmental conditions is critical when choosing materials and with such a punishing coastal environment and a subtropical atmosphere, the external cladding, decking and screening needed for this project had to be carefully considered. The materials had to weather well over the years and not just look good today.

Hardwood timber could have been considered but it would require a great deal of upkeep in such a harsh environment and, with the additional subtropical moisture, timber would be highly susceptible to rotting if left untreated. For this reason, On Point Projects chose Futurewood composite timber building products. Futurewood’s EnviroSlat Weatherproof wall cladding was supplied in the colour Slate Grey and the 70mm x 15mm solid screening slats in Saltbush to match the CleverDeck 138mm x 23mm x 5400mm solid composite timber decking boards. The delivery and installation of the Futurewood composite products went according to plan and the On Point Projects’ team was pleased with how easy to work with and time-saving the products proved to be.

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Photography by Glenn Weiss

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