Homeowners begin to plan home improvement projects for the coming warmer weather in the spring. The outdoor deck is a popular project for increasing the beauty and value of your home. Decks can be built in any size and shape to fit into any landscape.
A hardwood deck is a valuable addition to any home or business. They will be beautiful and functional for many years to come. Once the decision is made to install one, the main question becomes which materials should be used. Outdoor decks are typically made of wood or composite materials. Both have their benefits. If you believe that composite materials are the superior material to use, keep in mind that all decks have wooden frames. Whether you choose hardwood surfacing or composite, the main structural framing is reinforced, treated wood.
So, the real question here is what material you want to use as the topical surface material for your deck and railings.
Why is hardwood decking a good option?
Do not underestimate the importance or strength of hardwood decking when making your decision. The advantages of hardwood decking are enormous. The majority of decks today are made of wood. Wood is a natural material.
It blends in perfectly with the environment outside your door. Because wood is a natural material, no two pieces are alike, resulting in impressive and stunning deck patterns and colors. Their beauty endures.
Important factors to take into account.
For centuries, wood has been used to construct decks. Wooden decks are constructed from wood that has been treated to withstand inclement weather and a variety of pest problems.
Hardwood decking is also a popular choice for installation costs because it is less expensive than composite. Hardwood decks can be stained in almost any color.
The main drawback of wood decking is that it is prone to rot, warping, and splintering.
To avoid these unpleasant hazards, it is a good idea to do your research on the woods you intend to visit. Also, think about where you want your deck to go. Does it receive the majority of your sunlight? Is it in a bad neighborhood? Is there a lot of humidity? These are excellent questions, and you should have answers before you begin. Consider both hardwoods and softwoods when deciding which wood is best for your deck.
Hardwoods That Are Common
Hardwoods used for flooring and decking are derived from trees with naturally broad leaves. These trees are ideal for decking because they are naturally hardy and dense. Hardwood decking can last up to 25 years if properly cared for. We have common hardwoods in Africa that we use to ensure not only a strong and sturdy deck, but also one that blends in beautifully with our outdoor nature.
This hardwood has a fantastic texture. It is a heavy and long-lasting wood with a high resistance to decay and abrasion. This wood is available in a range of golden brown to reddish brown hues.
This magnificent wood is stronger than teak. It has a deep golden to medium brown color. It also has a lot of tropical oils.
This is a strong wood with a wavy grain. This wood has beautiful medium to dark brown tones with purple or greenish undertones.
This tropical hardwood is absolutely stunning. It is long-lasting and ideal for decking. It is highly resistant to water, fire, and insects. Its colors range from medium to dark brown.
This hardwood is popular for decking and is harvested from commercial plantations in South Africa. Its natural colors range from tan to medium brown.
Iron Bark (Red Iron)
This beautiful Australian hardwood is ideal for the African climate and is a very stable natural material. It has a lovely reddish-brown color to it.
The color of this hardwood is a lovely golden and light brown. It's ideal for decking because it's naturally resistant to insects, decay, and rot.
Chanfuta, Ekki, Iroko, Jarrah, Macaranduba, Meranti, Purple Heart, Zambian Teak, and Zimbabwe Teak are also excellent hardwoods for decking.
Softwoods That Are Common
Softwoods are also used for decking. Because they are derived from coniferous trees and are less dense, they must be pre-treated with approved wood preservatives. They can also last up to 25 years after treatment and are less expensive than their hardwood counterparts. Decking can also benefit from modified woods.
They are made entirely of natural SA Pine that has been thermally modified. It has been heat-treated and a hot wax compound has been added for added protection. This results in denser wood that is a stronger alternative to other treated softwood varieties. Modified wood can also support more weight. It requires less upkeep. It also has a harder surface that is more resistant to fungal decay. It is also more resistant to water and insect damage.
It is critical to seek professional assistance and guidance when considering the installation of a hardwood deck. An expertly trained deck installer is required to ensure that your decking boards are even and properly treated, and that your deck is installed with the polished look and feel that you expect.
A professional deck installer will be able to assist you in making the right decisions regarding wood decking materials as well as customizing your deck in terms of size, shape, and design.
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No matter how you look at it, wood decking is stunning. The natural colors and patterns in the hardwoods create a finished product unlike any other. It's nature at its most stunning. The wood decking has been treated on all sides to withstand harsh weather conditions. They can also be stained in any color to match your existing decor.
Timber decking can be left rough sawn to look rustic and tough (ideal for that outdoorsy-all natural look) or finished into defined and elegant pieces ready to grace your décor inside or out. Woodcuts can be made to the exact specifications of the customer.
Wooden decking is the best material to use in outdoor decks, especially in hot climates. In the summer, composite decking becomes too hot to walk on. Hardwood decks fare much better in hot weather. As an added bonus, have your deck built from a lighter-colored wood to help reduce heat even more.