Explore The Differences Between Timber Decking and Timber Flooring

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Choosing the right product for decking and flooring can often be a source of confusion for clients, as they grapple with determining the best fit for specific applications. However, the distinction is rather straightforward: timber decking is specifically designed for outdoor use, while timber flooring is intended for indoor applications.

Furthermore, clients often find themselves unsure about the appropriate size to choose. We supply both timber decking and timber flooring in two sizes. However, we will delve into this topic later in this article.

Additionally, our aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the disparities between timber decking and timber flooring. By doing so, we hope to enhance your knowledge of the unique qualities offered by each product.

Differences Between Timber Decking and Flooring

As you may already know, both timber flooring and timber decking serve the primary purpose of withstanding foot traffic. However, they also need to be used correctly in order to fulfill their intended function effectively. Therefore, it is essential to know how these two products work and to understand their respective qualities.

Physical Appearance:

Example of a timber deck.

Timber Decking:

Our 32mm and 22mm decking features a rectangular shape with subtly rounded corners on the top surface. The 32mm has two slits at the bottom to prevent “cupping”. Cupping refers to the development of a concave or “cup” shape across the width of a board.

Adding two slits at the bottom can prevent this from happening. We offer two decking profiles to choose from: plain and non-slip.

During installation, it is recommended to leave a few centimeters of spacing (+-4cm) between the decking boards to allow water to pass through.

If you are interested in some tips about installing a deck, you can click on the following link to learn more: Everything you need to know to build your own deck

Tongue and groove profile for flooring.

Timber Flooring:

For timber flooring, we specialize in the “Tongue and groove flooring” profile, which is available in 22mm and 32mm thicknesses. The boards are designed with a protruding tongue on one edge and a concave groove on the other edge.

The tongue is a thin, elongated section that extends from one side of the board, usually along the long edge. On the opposite long edge, there is a corresponding recessed area or channel known as the groove. When two boards are joined together, the tongue of one board fits snugly into the groove of the other, creating a secure and seamless connection.

Versatility and Durability:

Our flooring and decking products are crafted using high-quality “Select-grade” Pine. Select-grade pine is known for its uniform appearance with minimal knots, defects, or blemishes.

It typically exhibits a straight grain and a smooth texture, making it highly desirable for woodworking projects where a clean and consistent look is sought after. Select-grade pine is valued for its aesthetic appeal and suitability for various applications.

Pine timber is renowned for its versatility, finding usage in a multitude of projects. Its adaptable nature and wide-ranging applications make it a popular choice among craftsmen.

Timber decks constructed using CCA-treated pine decking can last up to 15 years or more, while timber flooring can provide a lifetime of use if installed and maintained correctly.

Note that untreated pine can be used for flooring as it is being used inside. However, if the flooring is being installed in areas with high moisture levels, CCA-Treated flooring should be used. If you are building near the coast, CCA treatment is also necessary. When it comes to decking, it is imperative to always use CCA treated wood as it will permanently be exposed to outdoor elements that can potentially damage the material.

Deck and floor

Treatment and Maintenance:

To ensure the longevity and optimal condition of your timber deck and flooring, we recommend following these general guidelines:

  • Regular Cleaning: It is advisable to sweep your deck or floor regularly to remove dirt, leaves, and debris. For stubborn dirt, a leaf blower or hose can be used for your deck, while sweeping or vacuuming is suitable for your floor. It is best to avoid using a pressure washer for your deck, as it may damage the wood fibers.
  • Stain and Seal: Applying a protective stain or sealant to your timber deck every 1-3 years is recommended. The same applies to your timber flooring. We recommend using “Timberlife” products for sealing and staining, as they are 100% compatible with our products. These products are available at Sabie Poles.
  • Repair and Replacement: Regularly inspect your deck or floor for any signs of damage, such as loose boards, protruding nails, or splintered wood. Promptly replace any damaged boards to maintain structural integrity and safety.
  • Regular Inspection: Periodically check the hardware, such as screws and bolts, to ensure they are secure. Additionally, inspect the wood for any signs of rot or decay. Early detection and timely repairs can prevent further damage.

We take pride in being a reliable supplier and manufacturer of CCA poles and timber. For over 20 years, we have been exporting timber to all SADC countries and internationally. If you are interested in importing top-quality timber, we invite you to read our step-by-step guide to help you get started on the right track. Please click on this link: Importing timber from Sabie Poles

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