If you’re building a deck in Vancouver and want to have the decking entirely out of wood decking, there are several options for you to consider that can help you make informed choices when it comes to specifically what kind of wood materials you want to use. There are three main categories of wood that can be used for building wood decks. You should take the time necessary to choose between these categories so that you end up with a deck that is perfect for you, your style, and your budget. If you’re looking for wood decking in Vancouver, you’ve come to the right place.
The most economical wood to use on a deck is pressure treated wood. Pressure treated wood is a very popular building material that has been in use for about seventy years. What pressure treatment does is force chemical preservatives into the wood. Ideally, these chemicals protect the wood from pests, such as termites, and general decay. Softer woods, such as pine, are generally used in pressure treating, as the chemicals are most effective in these types of wood. Pressure treated decks are usually the cheapest for wood decking as the wood is easy to work with and readily available in Canada.
Cedar is an absolutely beautiful material to build a deck with, and it’s grown right in Vancouver! The beautiful natural appearance and colour it has makes it ideal for a nice stain if you decide that you do not want to paint your deck. Cedar decks are timeless; their beauty and quality are simply always in style. Not only is this a benefit to you while you are living at your home, it also increases the resale value of your home, which will come in handy if you decide to move. You won’t have to worry about your materials looking dated. Cedar is also naturally resistant to insects and rot. The only slight snag with cedar is that it does require slightly more maintenance than pressure treated wood. You need to ensure there is always proper water drainage, as well as keep the surface free from debris, such as leaves. It is important that the deck always dries thoroughly, which will require occasionally rotating the items on your deck so that all areas are dry.
Hardwood decking from Southeast Asia is the most expensive material to use on a deck. This type of material is perfect to build a deck with because it is very weather resistant and strong. These types of wood are also mildew and insect resistant and, because it has such a tight grain, there is a very low chance of getting splinters. However, not only is this material expensive to import, it is also hard to work with because it so dense; therefore, the cost of building a deck with this type of wood is very expensive.
If you’re building a deck, don’t do it alone! Give us a call for a quote and we will help assess your options and walk you through the best solutions for your budget, space, and style. A deck can be a great addition to your house; it will ensure plenty of amazing summer BBQs, parties, and memories. Give us a call and we will help you do it right!