Seeing the wood for the trees

Monday, 16 May, 2016 | Supplied by: Futurewood

Surrounded as it is by 8.5 acres of woodlands, Aqua Resort in Busselton was keen to maintain a natural look when replacing timber decking around the resort’s main pool and boardwalk area.

The existing timber decking was quite extensive at 320 m2 and needed to be removed to check the sub-frame structure to ensure no rotting had occurred. Resort manager Luke Waddington was charged with the task of finding a suitable replacement material. But this was no simple task: the existing decking area included two staircases and two ramps, while needing to accommodate a tree and four limestone walls.

Waddington had several other requirements: the material needed to be non-slip, heat resistant and able to handle high traffic volumes. He found the solution in Futurewood’s Cleverdeck composite decking. Made from recycled HDPE (comprising industrial waste and some post-consumer plastic waste), wood flour and discarded rice husks, it is an environmentally conscious choice.

Its double-sided features, ease of installation and overall look were what won Waddington over. Its low maintenance requirements also sealed the deal: it doesn’t require oiling, staining or painting and any scratches and light scuff marks can be sanded down to refresh the surface. Resistant to termites and white ants, it also doesn’t rot, splinter or lose its colour like traditional timber decking.

Waddington said he would “definitely recommend Futurewood’s products to everyone. They feel solid underfoot and are very versatile.”

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