When you start mapping out to build a deck, you might imagine how you’ll use it. If you do like cooking outdoors you’ll want it attached to your house near the kitchen, if you delight stay out of the house a deck may serve either as an extension of the house and the existing pool. It can also offer an inviting solution to a sloping yard and make the most of uneven terrain. Nevertheless, if the deck is a place to rest and relax, it could be freestanding—just about anywhere on your property.
Regardless of whether you choose to build the deck yourself or hire a professional, you should familiarize yourself with the basics.
Wood it is a natural material and has been used for thousands of years for fuel, as a construction material, for making tools and weapons, furniture and paper. There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance requirements, price and availability depends of the region where the wood are produced. In the Southeast, Southern Yellow Pine is most common also known Jeffrey Pine or Ponderosa Pine, in the North Central Midwest, Western Red Cedar, Redwood be can found in the California, Oregon and Washington region.

Southern Yellow Pine:

  • Incredible strength allows builders to accomplish more with less wood;
  • Are generally cheaper than hardwoods;
  • Environment friendly, like most other softwoods, this type of wood grows relatively fairly quickly compared to other types of wood.
  • Southern yellow pine color can vary from light yellowish orange to dark reddish or yellowish brown;
  • Pine floors remain great to look at if they are regularly dusted/vacuumed and by staining and sealing it with a few coats of polyurethane.

Western Red Cedar:

  • Cedar is renewable, reclaimable and biodegradable;
  • Western red cedar also comes in a wide variety of grades;
  • It is not treated with potentially harmful chemicals, making it a green and sustainable choice;
  • It comes from forests that are managed on a sustainable yield basis;
  • Western Red Cedar is a dull brown color.


  • Has natural stability means it shrinks, warps, and splits less than most other woods. In addition, no other wood takes and holds finishes better than redwood. It has a natural resistance to decay and insects;
  • Meets California’s strict fire codes;
  • Stores more carbon than is emitted over its entire life cycle;
  • Redwood heartwood is a rich, reddish-brown tone.

Indifferent of what wood you’re trend to use you need to stain or paint as soon as possible in way to protect it from weather damages. Make sure that the wood is completely dry and check the manufacturer’s instructions before applying any products.
Federal and state laws require treated lumber to be burned in an approved facility. Regardless of price, wood deck can add great value to your home.

May 29th, 2017, 

Planning Your Amazing Deck?