Outdoor Decking – The cure for the Covid

National HardwoodNews

Since many of us are stuck home, isn’t it time we created a peaceful retreat for ourselves.

And one way is with outdoor decking.

There are many material choices when contemplating decking.

IPE Decking – is one of the most popular materials. It comes in a wonderful rich brown color, with distinctive grain characteristics.

Pros: It’s100% natural wood. It’s eco-friendly, will not rot, comes in long lengths, and is fire rated as concrete or steel. It is 8 times harder than redwood and 3 times harder than Cedar. 

CONS – The cost and requirement of routine cleaning and maintenance. As well as the application of a coat of stain when the wood weathers.

TREATED WOOD DECKING – is comprised of pressure-treated pine, cedar, redwood and tropical hardwoods. These woods, when not refinished and treated regularly, tend to change color and crack.

COMPOSITE DECKING – is made of plastic and wood fiber.  Most now are available with some or all sides encased in plastic to prevent mildew growth.

Pros – Has the look of wood, without the staining.

Cons – Some composite materials are less resistant to falls and stains. They are heavier and more expensive than pine.

PLASTIC DECKING – comes in PVC and polyethylene.

Pros – Is lightweight and is resistant to the elements without the need to stain.

Cons – Can be slippery, and sag more than real wood. Also doesn’t look quite like wood.


If the deck is being built less than 36” off the ground, we recommend using 1×4 or 5/4×4 deck boards.  (Remember, you’ll still 12” ventilation space).

When trying to create a larger appearance, consider adding a border that goes vertical to the inner portion.

During these troubling times, a deck while adding value to your home, also provides a much needed refuge.