Decking Calculator – Cost Calculator


Merbau Timber Decking vs CleverDeck Composite Timber (WPC) Decking


This comparison is meant as a guide only to help explain the cost of maintaining hardwood timber decking.

The price of hardwood timber and composite timber decking have been averaged across different types and sizes for the calculation used in the basic calculator.

If you choose the advanced calculator you can change the board size for either the Merbau or the CleverDeck Composite Timber Decking by selecting the different profiles/types in the drop down box to obtain a more detailed cost comparison between the two products over a 10 year period:


Product Cost - Merbau vs CleverDeck Eco-Pro, Original or CleverDeck Xtreme

Board Dimensions – Merbau 90mm x 19mm or 140mm x 19mm vs CleverDeck Original 138mm x 23mm, CleverDeck Eco -Pro 138mm x 23mm or CleverDeck Xtreme 138mm x 23mm or 185mm x 23mm

Square Metre calculations are based on a calculation of 7 lineal/metres per square metre including a 3mm spacing for the 140mm wide Merbau boards and a 5mm spacing for the 138mm CleverDeck boards

Square Metre calculations are based on a calculation of 10.8 lineal/metres per square metre including a 3mm spacing for the 90mm wide Merbau

Square Metre calculations are based on a calculation of 5.25 lineal/metres per square metre for the 185mm CleverDeck boards

Pricing is based on:-

138mm CleverDeck Xtreme average selling price $16.63 per l/m inc. GST

185mm CleverDeck Xtreme average selling price $23.28 per l/m inc. GST

138mm CleverDeck Original average selling price of $14.80 per l/m inc. GST

138mm CleverDeck Eco-Pro average selling price of $13.43 per l/m inc. GST

The finished cost of timber decking includes both the cost of the timber and the initial surface preparation and finishing. It is based on:-

90mm x 19mm Merbau Timber Decking average selling price of $6.00 per l/m inc. GST + the average labour and material cost per square metre for preparing deck and applying 2–3 coats of oil, including preparation chemicals & applicators.

140mm x 19mm Merbau Timber Decking average selling price of $10.00 per l/m inc. GST + the average labour and material cost per square metre for preparing and applying 2–3 coats of oil, including preparation chemicals & applicators.

Annual Maintenance is based on:-

1–2 coats of deck oil per square metre and the average labour cost per square metre to clean deck boards and apply 1–2 coats of deck oil, including preparation chemicals and applicators.

Average labour cost per square metre to clean deck board and apply 1–2 coats of deck oil

Please Note:-

Average selling prices will vary between outlets, metropolitan/country areas and between states

Annual maintenance costs are based on mid-range oil prices and labour rates of $30.00 per hour


We help clients calculate decking costs with the Futurewood timber decking calculator so that you can get an idea of the budget you'll need for your decking project. Each decking area is different, depending on the overall deck size, width and length and the materials that you want to use. The decking calculator can also be used to show the 10 year savings using Futurewood’s low maintenance composite timber decking compared to Merbau hardwood timber decking that will require annual maintenance.

Customer support and helping clients find the right decking that best fits their budget is our primary focus. You'll always be in safe hands with Futurewood, and we'd love the opportunity to show you why we are one of the most respected composite timber brands in Australia. Try our deck calculator now for your deck area or give us a call and speak to one of our experts.