There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance requirements. Options include
NATURAL WOOD OPTIONS FOR DECKS
Pressure Treated: Pressure treated wood, also called PT wood, is generally the least costly and lasts for about 15 years. The problem with this type of wood is that it can be unstable, especially at lower prices. Shrinking, warping, and twisting are all common with lesser-grade woods.
Tropical Hardwoods: Hardwoods are extremely durable and recognized for their density. They are more resilient to insect infestation, rot, and decay than other natural wood choices. The tropical hardwoods generally last for about 25 years. However, they can be heavy, challenging to work with, and sometimes more expensive.
Redwood and Cedar: These woods usually last about 20 years and have a natural defense against insects and rot. However, they’re easily damaged. These are softwoods which means they are easy to work with and are generally less expensive than the tropical hardwoods.
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