Treated Lumber is the strongest and least expensive
choice for deck lumber. Pressure- treated Pine resists rot,
decay, and insects and is an excellent building material for
outdoor use. Treated lumber is created by forcing chemical preservatives
into it under high pressure. The preservative usually gives
the wood a green color, which fades with time. Or, you can stain
pressure treated wood in a variety of colors.
is no substitute for the look and feel of real wood. Pine decking
provides a warm, natural look that blends beautifully with the
landscape. Pressure-treated Pine is safe for people, pets and
the environment. Pine pressure-treated lumber conforms to uniform
quality controls established by the American Softwood Lumber
Standard and the American Wood-Preservers' Association. Pine
wood is one softwood lumber that is in plentiful supply and
is therefore commonly used for home decks. It is easy to nail
into and has a soft feel to the foot compared to harder composites
and concrete. Warping,
spitting, cracking and shrinkage are all common characteristics
for pressure treated lumber. Pressure treated lumber takes stain very well and will last against rot & decay for many years. We recommended Pressure-treated pine for a deck. It is most common for decks and is used about 95% of the time versus cedar.
is a wood of exceptional beauty, however
is more expensive than the common pressure- treated decks. It
can costs anywhere from 20%- 40% more than a similar pressure
treated deck. Cedar has a light brown appearance, with an attractive
grain. Because it ages to a uniform silver- gray, cedar is often
used where a weathered appearance is desired.
As a natural product, cedar is fully biodegradable. Cedar does
not readily absorb moisture and, since moisture is what creates
twisting and splitting, cedar decking tends to lie flatter and
straighter compared to pressure treated lumber. Cedar is naturally
resistant to decay and insect damage. Its unique "grown-in-the-wood"
preservative oil means that no further chemical treatment is
needed, unless the lumber is in direct contact with the ground.
Nature favors Cedar. With less than half the swelling and shrinking
tendency of other domestic softwoods, cedar provides a firm
base for paints and stains. Cedar projects age gracefully through
decades of Western weather. Cedar will not absorb stain as well as pine pressure-treated due to the naturally oily nature of the wood. Cedar also has about half the life span as pine pressure-treated wood when it comes to rot & decay.
deck built with cedar will have the structural parts (ex. the
post, beams and joists) built with pressure- treated lumber.
The visible surfaces like the decking boards, railings, and
borders will use the cedar wood. We recommended cedar for a fence. Cedar is used on a fence about 50% of the time versus pressure-treated pine. Since fence boards are not supported from 2 sides like most deck boards, it will warp and twist more than a deck. Cedar will help keep the fence straighter and looking better. The posts are recommended to be pressure-treated pine to better resist rot & decay due to ground contact.
the beauty of a real wood appearance without the fading and
warping that can ruin wood over time. And unlike wood, Composite
Decking is a low-maintenance decking surface that never requires
staining or sealing, giving you more time to enjoy your deck
patio. As a result, you can enjoy the beauty of a wood look
without all the hassles. And, you can rest assured you are adding
beauty, durability and real value to your home. You have different
color choices also. Composite
decking however is more expensive than a pressure treated or
a cedar deck. It can costs anywhere from 1.5 times (top boards only) to 2.5 times (all visible parts) more than
a similar pressure treated deck depending on style and type of composite chosen. Click Here to see a cost comparison chart of Composite vs Wood.
can use any Composite Decking, however we commonly and most
often use TREX.
Trex brings together some of the best properties of wood and
plastic. Compared to conventional decking lumber, Trex decking
offers so much more: outstanding durability without preservatives
or sealants, workability that wood can't match, and an elegant
natural coloring that stays looking great year after year.
No rotting, cracking or splintering. No need for sealants.
No water, sun or insect damage. All backed by a 25 year limited
warranty. The Trex warranty also has a 25 year guarantee against fading & stains.
are an approved Trex Pro installer. This means you can be assured that your Trex deck will be installed correctly and as a Trex Pro installer, you can be assured that all your warranties from Trex will be honored. We will automatically register your warranties with Trex for you giving you more time to just enjoy you deck.