We love working with exotic hardwoods and this shows in the finishing of our decks.

From design advice right up to the last screw – we can do it all with careful attention to detail.

We can advise you on the different timber options available so that you can achieve the best finish for your deck. The most common types of timbers used by us can be found at the bottom of this page.

We also offer a regular maintenance service for all decks we have built.

Please contact us for your free consultation.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Thanks, Martin and the team

Please also have a look at our gallery to see some of the fantastic decks we are proud to associate ‘The German Builder’ name with.

Timber Options

Decking timber comes in different profiles (Plain, griptread), conditions (air or kiln dried) and appearances. Colours of the timber vary from pale cream (eg. vitex) through to dark red-brown (eg. kwila). All will weather to a silver grey if left to do so. Some will leach a dark coloured stain when wet (eg. kwila).

1 - Kwila

Kwila heartwood is yellow-brown to dark red-brown in colour. The grain is slightly interlocked and the texture is moderately coarse. Yellow deposits in the vessels are a common feature of the wood. It is non-siliceous, sometimes lustrous. Timber ‘bleeds’ when wet producing dark red-brown stain. Very durable and low shrinkage.

2 - Pine

This softwood timber has large, wide, pale-coloured sapwood, which is distinct from the pinkish-brown heartwood.  There is moderate growth-ring figure resulting in a relatively uniform and fine texture.  The timber has moderate to high lustre and readily accepts preservative treatment.

3 - Macrocarpa

The timber is a low to medium density softwood and has a large amount of heartwood which is a golden brown honey colour. Macrocarpa is a moderately stiff, strong timber. It is one of the most naturally durable exotic softwoods grown in New Zealand, and is resistant to insect and borer attack in its sawn form. Macrocapra timber is durable, chemical free, eco-friendly, sustainable and a beautiful timber.

4 - Vitex

Vitex is a durable hardwood with a pale yellowish to creamy-grey appearance. Texture is fine and slightly lustrous with an even grain. When freshly cut the timber has a leathery odour and the timber is greasy to the touch.

5 - Purple Heart

Purpleheart is one of the most distinctive woods of tropical America. It is very hard, extremely heavy, strong, tough, and durable, but is most often recognized for its unusual coloring, which at times is actually purple. The uniform texture of purpleheart varies from fine to medium. The grain is usually straight and seldom interlocked, but is sufficiently irregular along with variation in luster and color to give the wood a pleasing stripe figure on the quarter-cut surface. The heartwood is a grayish purple when freshly cut, later becoming a violet purple to deep purple through an oxidation process. Purpleheart is highly resistant to decay, termites and fire. The heartwood is very durable and extremely resistant to preservative treatment, but the sapwood is permeable.

6 - Jarrah

Jarrah is a timber native to South Western Australia and its heartwood is a rich dark brownish-red, sometimes marked with short, dark brown radial flecks. Gum veins or pockets may also be present. The grain is usually straight but often interlocked or wavy. The texture is even but moderately coarse. A very durable timber known for its fire resistant properties and high resistance to termite and marine borer attack.

Fastener Options

There are different types of fasteners available to achieve the desired finish.



1 - Screws

Stainless Steel Screws depending on the type of wood used

- Countersunk Torx Decking Screw T304
- Surefast Wood Screw

2 - Hidden Fasteners

- Hidden fastener system Shadow Hidden Deck Fastener