How to Choose the Right Wood for Your New Wood Deck
Are you considering a new wood deck?
Swimming, gardening, lemonade, and cookouts are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think about spending time outdoors. The warmth of the sunshine invites us to come outside and linger, somehow assuring us that all of our indoor tasks can wait.
Outdoor living is no doubt a trademark of the summer and early fall months. Because of all the extra time spent outdoors in warmer weather, one thing that many homeowners covet is an inviting outdoor space with a deck where friends and family can gather and relax.
A deck can be a wonderful addition to any home, and as an added bonus, it may increase your home’s resale value.
Deck Options to Consider
Once you’ve decided to either replace an existing deck or build an entirely new one, there are a number of things to consider going forward.
The cost of such a project can vary considerably depending on the size of the structure, the materials used, and the location of your home.
Generally speaking, there are essentially two types of materials used in deck construction: wood and composite. As one might imagine, both materials have their advantages and disadvantages so it is imperative to research the available options prior to initiating a project.
If you are envisioning a wood deck in particular, here a few things to keep in mind: Although wood is the most traditional and commonly-used material for deck construction, this popular material does require annual cleaning and staining every few years.
Choosing the Type of Wood for Your New Wood Deck
When selecting a type of wood with which to have your deck constructed, consider your budget, and which elements of each wood are most important to you. Here are 3 wood deck options you may like to consider:
Pressure Treated Wood
There are many different varieties of pressure treated wood. Southern yellow pine is a widely-used, pressure treated wood used in deck construction and can last around 15 years. Though it is a popular and economical choice, it is prone to rot splinter and warping.
Some varieties of pressure-treated wood come with limited lifetime warranties. The lifespan referred to under the warranties also vary and the lifespan could be in the range of 20 to 50 years.
Redwood and Red Cedar
Because of their rich color and natural beauty, redwood and red cedar cost three-to-four times as much as pressure treated lumber. Both of these types of woods are naturally resistant to rot and decay. According to an article in Popular Mechanics, not all redwood and red cedar decks are created equally:
“…the level of weather- and bug-resistance is directly related to the amount of heartwood in the boards. Heartwood grows closer to the center of the tree, and is relatively hard and very resistant to decay. Sapwood grows in the outer part of the tree, near the bark, and is softer and more susceptible to decay.”
Not surprisingly, the heartwood is substantially more expensive than the sapwood and are graded and priced accordingly. With proper maintenance and in the right conditions, a redwood deck can last up to approximately 30 years. A cedar deck could last from between 25 to 40 years.
Less common, but certainly more exotic, are tropical hardwoods. They are extremely dense making them extremely hard and durable. They are difficult to cut and drill as a result and are typically fastened with clips or screws along the edges of the boards. Tropical hardwoods include:
- Red tauari
- Philippine mahogany
Depending on the environment, and if well-maintained, a mahogany or ipe deck can last up to 40 years.
In conclusion, if you have developed a case of ‘deck envy’ after spending time at the homes of friends and neighbors this summer, contact Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. Let us help you acquire the wood deck of your dreams at a price you can afford. We’ll make sure your yard is the object of ‘deck envy’ for all your outdoor guests!