Adding a Deck- Picking the Perfect Wood

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start planning a new deck or patio. While the shape, the size and the style are based largely on personal preference, there are a few things you need to know before you choose which wood to use.Adding a Deck- Picking the Perfect Wood- Hughes Edwards Builders

Most decks are made from cedar, Douglas fir, pine or redwood, and each has its own set of pros and cons. Because we’re talking about outdoor structures, it’s usually best to use pressure-treated wood. Wood that’s been pressure-treated is stronger and tends to last longer, and it’s resistant to termites, insects and decay because it contains special preservatives. You can also choose composite decking, which has its own merits.

Whether yours will be around a pool, on the ground floor or attached to a new door in your bedroom, here’s what you need to know.

Using Cedar on a Deck or Patio

Cedar is gorgeous – there’s no other way to say it. It’s durable, stable and resistant to Middle Tennessee weather. Because cedar has natural oils that drive away bugs, algae and fungus, it’s one of our top picks as well.

Grain pattern: Tight with very few knots

Natural color: Tan/Light Brown

Stain absorption: Excellent

Douglas Fir Decks and Patios

Douglas fir is fairly strong, and that’s why it’s used in more products than any other type of lumber. Because it’s extremely lightweight, it makes a nice ground-floor deck or patio. Remember, it’s best to use pressure-treated Douglas fir if you can.

Grain pattern: Moderate with several knots

Natural color: Tan

Stain absorption: Moderate

Choosing Pine on Your Deck or Patio

Pine comes in several different qualities. Because it’s so widespread and fairly easy to work with, pressure-treated pine is a popular choice for outdoor construction.

Grain pattern: Tight with virtually no knots on high-quality pine; loose on lower-quality pine with moderate to heavy knots

Natural color: Yellow/tan

Stain absorption: Excellent on high-quality pine; moderate on lower-quality pine

Redwood Decks and Patios

Redwood has one thing that many other woods don’t: a proven track record of longevity. Redwood holds up extremely well in the elements, and it’s strong enough (and heavy enough) to stand up to whatever you can do to it.

Grain pattern: Loose with few knots

Natural color: Ruddy, light brown

Stain absorption: Excellent

Composite Decks and Patios

We often use Trex decking on outdoor projects because it’s more durable than wood, and it resists termites and insects. It won’t splinter, warp or rot, and you’ll never have to stain or repaint it. It’s made from a blend of recycled wood and plastics, so it’s a green option for people who want to contribute to a sustainable initiative.

Grain pattern: You choose your own grain pattern

Natural color: Trex decking comes in dozens of colors

Stain absorption: Unnecessary

Ready to talk about creating an outdoor oasis? We can help you remodel your current space or custom build your dream home. We’d love to help you make the plans and carry them out for you. Just call us at (615)824-6970 or fill out the form below. [gravityform id=”9″ name=”Contact Us”]

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