Picking the Right Wood for your Garden Decking

In many cases, people will plan everything about their garden deck aside from which material they plan to use. Deciding the right type of wood is literally a foundational decision for your deck and should never be overlooked. In this post we go over some popular options, looking at their benefits and shortcomings so that you can make the best possible decision when it comes to impressing garden decking Brighton experts.

Pressure-Treated Lumber

If you’re looking for the most affordable and straightforward option, then look no further. As the top-sold decking material today, pressure-treated lumber is chosen for about 75% of all decks and is favoured by most garden decking Brighton specialists. This is because it’s cheap, widely available and easy to work with when it comes to cutting or fastening it. Most pressure-treated lumber is made of southern yellow pine before being treated to be rot, fungus, and bug-resistant.

One thing to consider is that pressure-treated lumber has a slightly higher chance of cracking, splitting or warping. This affordable option comes with a bit of routine maintenance to make sure you get a full lifetime of solid decking from your pressure-treated lumber.

Redwood and Red Cedar

More popular across the pond in the United States, these two western softwoods have grown in popularity due to their colour and lack of chemicals and preservatives. Since both of these woods contain tannins and oils at the heartwood of the trunk (wood more in the centre of the tree) to help them naturally resist insects, rot and decay. So, if you’re getting high-quality heartwood of redwood or red cedar, then your deck will be naturally protected against many annoyances other deck owners face.

Any garden decking Brighton specialist will be impressed by a redwood or red cedar deck, as it will show a true appreciation for some of nature’s finest hardwoods.

Teak

With many of the first decks made using teak, it’s not surprising that this wood is still a fairly popular choice today. Naturally containing silica, this wood is stronger than many realise and is only slightly heavier than most other woods. Teak is also a great choice as it is naturally resistant to termites since they simply do not like teak. While termites will eat teak wood if starving, the chances are slim as there will usually be other wood sources around.

With strong resistance to moisture and solid stability, teak is a good all-around option that has only been superseded by more cost-efficient choices for garden decking Brighton. This is largely because teak is native to south and southeast Asia, making it more expensive to import and use.

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This is only a small selection of a few popular kinds of wood when it comes to decking. Make sure to research thoroughly before you make a choice, as it will be the foundation for your garden parties for years to come! If you’re interested in finding out more about wood selection and other garden deck-building information, don’t hesitate to contact CPS Landscapes.