Australia's Timber Shortage – What are the Alternatives?

We are all well aware that the reduction in timber imports and lack of domestic production is causing massive issues in the building and construction industry. 

The demand for building materials has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent HomeBuilder program, causing a boom in new builds and renovation activity. Unfortunately, the supply of timber cannot keep up with the demand. 

There are alternatives to timber for home building. While DECO does not provide material for structural support such as frames, we do offer material for a range of timber alternatives for other important building features such as cladding, decking and other applications where timber is often used.



DecoWood is the premium woodgrain powder-coated finish from DECO Australia. Through innovative photo-imaging technology, DecoWood can transform a wide range of aluminium buildings products to replicate the form, feel and appearance of real timber. 

DecoWood is 50% more durable than standard powder coating, does not contain any harmful VOCs and offers a low-maintenance timber-alternative that never needs painting, oiling or staining. 

Suitable for windows, doors, cladding, battens, slats, decking and more, DecoWood is available in over 150 natural woodgrain finishes that represent timbers from across the world.


Beautiful and durable DecoWood is an ecologically sustainable alternative to other building products that are commonly used in the building industry.

Aluminium is a highly regarded building material because of its strength and durability, together with the ease of recycling. Aluminium does not have the environmental issues associated with the use of other materials such as timber and composites.



Our customers can rest assured knowing that DECO’s building products are made right here in Australia with competitive lead times. Buying Australian-made products provides confidence that the products you are using are high-quality and meet the relevant Australian Standards. 




DecoClad solid aluminium cladding

DecoDeck – low maintenance, timber-look decking

DecoSlat – Screens, gates & fences


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