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.
WHICH DIRECTION TO INSTALL – SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
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.