Outdoor living spaces are an important part of the Australian lifestyle with most homes integrating the popular concept into building design. In terms of cost, outdoor living spaces can be built relatively inexpensively using decking or tiling materials.

With careful design and choice of materials, outdoor tiled areas or decks can reduce the cost of building the space while continuing to enhance the homeowner's lifestyle. Long-term savings can also be achieved by choosing durable and easy-to-maintain products.

For instance, Resortdeck is a fourth generation composite board that looks and feels like hardwood timber but has the added attributes of UltraShield technology to protect it against fading and splintering.

When installing the deck, check whether a sub-structure is required for the outdoor living area, or if the space is being built over a waterproof membrane or concrete, or at ground level. Accessibility to the site will also reduce the cost of installation.

The lightweight aluminium Outdure Qwickbuild sub-frame system is fast, efficient and affordable to install, making it an ideal solution for cost-effective decking.

Raised decks are traditionally supported with a timber frame; however, Outdure’s Qwickbuild system offers a more efficient and long-lasting solution. The lightweight aluminium framework has the versatility to be used in various settings. The stylish Qwickgrates facilitate a flush indoor/outdoor flow, and also promote ventilation and access for maintenance.

The Outdure Qwickbuild sub-frame system supports decking, exterior tiles and synthetic turf. Spaces can easily be customised with the mix-and-match surfaces to maximise outdoor living for every budget.

Image: Tiles installed on the Outdure Qwickbuild system