Decking options have grown exceptionally in the past few years. Different varieties of lumber, plastic decking and hardwood are easily available in the market. Until about two decades ago, there weren’t so many options to choose from.
But, choose what you may, the grace and beauty of wood has no replacement. That’s a fact and I think most homeowners would agree.
It looks classic and warm and lasts for many years. Therefore, in this article today, we tell you about the five most popular woods used for decks across the country.
Apart from the aesthetics of cedar wood, what also makes it a great option for decks is its durability against rot, mold, mildew, bugs and insects; and also against weather elements such as UV rays and rain.
It requires little in the name on maintenance.
It handles the changing of seasons better than other wood varieties, and does not allow moisture from the rains to dampen it. So if you happen to be living in area exposed to harsh weather conditions for several months in a year, cedar might just be the right choice for you.
Redwood is one of the most durable varieties of wood and therefore widely used for the construction of outdoor decks and porches. Among the many advantages of using redwood, the most outstanding is its ability to resist rotting. It is highly resistant to weather, and also has natural abilities to deter pests.
Unlike other wood varieties, redwood has more capacity to hold water. It will not shrink or widen with the passage of time.
What’s also good about redwood is that it does not need any kind of staining. A good sealer is all that is required to maintain it and keep it looking good for many years to come.
In case it gets dark due to sun exposure, wash it off with Clorox and water or use a pressure hose – that is all it takes to lighten it up.
Another one in line mostly known for its durability, Mahogany has been credited with a hardness rating of 800, and stands up to the weather exceptionally well.
The wood grain has a dense pattern and it is available in a great variety of colors. From light blond to rich dark, the color options are in plenty. The only downside of Mahogany is that it is hard to cut, and may not be suitable for DIY projects.
Ipe or Brazilian walnut
Because Ipe is a hardwood variety brought from the Brazilian rainforests, it is also known as the Brazilian walnut. The dense cell structure of this wood makes it resistant to insects, mold and decay. This natural defense eliminates the need for applying it with wood preservatives.
What is also interesting about the wood is if you like silver patina, leave Ipe out in the sun without any sealant and the color should automatically drape the deck.
Pressure Treated Pine
Pressure treated pine combines the advantages of redwood and cedar with an added benefit of being a lot cheaper than these varieties. Pine wood is readily available, but in order to make it resistant to insects and rotting, it is treated under pressure with water borne preservatives. These preservatives contain arsenic, which is the underside of pressure treated wood as arsenic is a major pollutant and harmful as well. But to avoid this, home owners can ask for micronized copper quaternary, which is a safer compound in comparison to arsenic.
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