The Best Deck Material


by Ken Wilssens - Date: 2007-01-24 - Word Count: 302 Share This!

It is always nice to have a backyard at your home and if you are one of the lucky ones to have a deck, make sure you build it with the best material. Most of the decks are made of wood, but not all kinds of wood are made for being outdoors, so you have to be careful when selecting material.

Wood has become very popular in deck construction but some of the things you have to consider are the strength and the weakness of the wood. For example cypress and redwood can be too soft and expensive while Ironwood is very difficult to cut and heavy to work with. You have to check that your wood is not going to shrink or split and make sure you waterproof it as well for the rain.

Wood rot and weather resistance depends on the type of wood and its applications. Some of the choices in wood on the market are for example treated lumber which lasts for a long time. It is very resistant and the cost for its maintenance is very low. Cedar and redwood are very resistant to insects and are very easy to work with because their softness.

After you pick the material that matches your needs the most, you just need to make sure when building it that the structures that connects the deck to the house are stable because even if you don't believe it, some of the decks fall apart after a while for having the wrong structure or material, so another tip is to use stainless steel fasteners which are better than galvanized ones.

The prices to buy this kind of material are not high and they last for decades with the proper maintenance. Of course wood requires regular maintenance as it is outdoors facing rain, sun, wind and insects.


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