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Thinking of updating your home’s exterior or giving a tired backyard or outdoor area a makeover this summer? Choosing building materials which are well suited to the Australian climate will provide a result that looks good – and lasts longer. 


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The Most Effective Building Materials for the Australian Climate

Thinking of updating your home’s exterior or giving a tired backyard or outdoor area a makeover this summer? Done well, DIY renovations can increase the appearance and appeal of external living spaces and boost the value of your home.  

Choosing building materials which are well suited to the Australian climate will provide a result that looks good – and lasts longer. Here are some options. 

Hit the decks 

Big garden but nowhere to sit outside with a good book, kick back with friends or enjoy an al fresco breakfast, lunch or dinner in the great outdoors?  

An entertainer’s deck is the classic way to take the indoors out. For homeowners who don’t fancy the expense and elbow grease associated with keeping the traditional timber version sanded and oiled every year, a HardieDeck™ can be a hardwearing and low maintenance alternative. 

Created to withstand the ravages of the high temperatures and heavy rainfall common to large parts of our sub-tropical continent, HardieDeck planks are resistant to splintering, warping and rotting. They can be painted to complement any colour scheme and, installed correctly, come with a 10 year guarantee. 

Three Birds Renovations created a seamless transition between outdoors and indoors using HardieDeck, a fibre cement decking product that can be painted to match the colour of your home. 


Façade facelift 

Fancy giving all or part of your home’s external façade a facelift? Using cement based cladding makes sound sense if you’re located in a region where the risk of bushfire is high and timber is off the drawing board. 

Scyon Walls ™ cladding is made from a combination of sand, cement, cellulose and ceramic density modifiers. Faster to install than weatherboard, the material is resistant to fire, impact, moisture damage, rotting and termites. This makes it a practical choice for renovators in locations where Bushfire Attack Level ratings are high. 

Scyon Walls’ range of horizontal and vertical cladding options can be mixed and matched to create stylish and original looks that see your home standing out from the crowd. 

For an edgier, more modern effect, check out the Scyon Matrix ™ panel cladding range which can be used to create bold geometric patterns or a sleek industrial finish. 

This bushland home from Collins W Collins uses Scyon Matrix off-cuts to create a modern, industrial look. 


Perfect flooring 

Time to replace grotty floors which have seen better days? Ensure the longevity of their replacement with Scyon Secura™, a flooring substrate, or base, which is resistant to termites, fire and moisture. It can be nailed in place, making it swift to install, and it comes with a top coat which provide excellent adhesion for a wide range of modern outdoor floor coverings. 

Feeling inspired? See more design ideas, tips and advice from Scyon.