How to choose the right lumber for your deck

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How to choose the right lumber for your deck

Whether you have to build a deck or repair it, it’s more or less the same in terms of stress. Many homeowners choose to repair the deck themselves and some even build them from scratch. This just comes off economical for most people as they don’t have to pay for labor costs and other overhead costs.

When it comes to deck building or repair, one of the most important factors is choosing the right lumber for you deck. There are various types of lumber available in the market, but choosing the right one depends on various factors.


1. Durablility

For anyone who wants to build or repair a deck, the most important factor is durability. The durability of a deck depends on the usage, and the type of climate the deck will be exposed to. Whether the deck is used regularly or not; exposed to harsh sun or extreme cold, it should be of top quality, moisture and insect damage resistant.

2. Aesthetic Appeal

The wood you choose for your deck should be attractive and pleasant looking. This is to add to the physical beauty of the deck and give a good feel to the entire setting. Even though a deck is separate from your home; it is attached to your home and is a design element that increases the aesthetic appeal of your home. It also increases the value of your home.

Types of Lumber

1. Pressure treated wood works best for parts that directly touch the ground. Pressure treated wood is insect and moisture resistant, so is the right option for deck floor, which is why this is the most widely used for deck flooring. Pine wood is pressure treated to make it more durable, rot resistant and long lasting. Companies use different sorts of chemicals to treat wood, which brings about a price and performance difference.

2. Cedar wood or red wood is also commonly used for deck building. It is fire and insect resistant; it is very strong too. Even though cedar wood looks beautiful, it does change color and fades to become grayish from a cedar red. The red wood is durable if it is regularly maintained. If you are someone who doesn’t want to make an effort every season to give your deck an overhaul, then cedar wood is not the best choice for you.

3. Composite wood is known to be very reliable and lasting as it is made from a mix of wood and plastic fiber. This enables the wood to be more water and rot resistant. It is extremely beneficial and the best choice for places that get frequent rains and have wet weather as it is slip resistant. Composite wood doesn’t get damaged and lasts longer in wet climates.

The type of wood you choose depends on various conditions including climate of the area and the usage of the deck. To make sure you choose the right lumber for your deck, do consider these factors. This will make your deck damage free and durable for long, and won’t need a frequent deck repair solution.

Choose the right kind of lumber and free yourself from the pain of recurrent repairs.

Topics: Landscaping, Lumber and Structured Panels, Remodeling

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