Cedar decking is attractive and resistant to water damage and insect infestations.
Wood decking is a type of building material used to build outdoor decks and patios. This material can be manufactured from a wide variety of hard and soft wood species, depending on the desired appearance and properties of the finished structure. Wood decking gives external structures a rustic, natural look that cannot be achieved with metal or composite materials. Homeowners who build a wooden deck will increase their available space and create an outdoor dining and meeting space.
Galvanized thread screws, which have a coarse thread and a hexagonal head, can be used to fasten wooden planks, such as those used for construction decking.
Hardwood species like cedar, teak and ipe are among the most popular materials used for wood decking. These woods offer natural mildew and moisture resistance that increase the strength and durability of the deck. While these species tend to be quite expensive, they last longer and require less maintenance than cheaper materials like oak. These exotic woods also offer rich natural colors without the need for stains or sealants.
Ground-level wooden decks can be a good do-it-yourself renovation project.
Some homeowners choose softwood decking made from pine or spruce for its low cost and natural beauty. These softwoods are easy to work with and often have knots and other flaws that some buyers find attractive. Softwood decks do not offer the same level of strength and durability as hardwoods and may not last as long. They are also more likely to rot and swell due to changes in humidity and humidity over time.
Many ground-level decks and patios offer fairly easy installation for do-it-yourself installers. When wooden decks are used to build raised decks, the structure often requires professional engineering and installation to maximize safety and reduce the risk of collapse. While professional installation increases the cost of wood decking, it may be required by local building codes in some areas, depending on the complexity of the structure. Most new decks and patios also require builders to obtain a permit before construction begins.
Wood deck components can be joined using a variety of fasteners, including screws, nails and screws. Some steel plates or special fasteners may be required for heavy-duty applications or for decks that support heavy loads. When wooden decks are raised, wooden guardrails should be added to reduce falls and keep occupants safe.
Depending on the type of wood decking used, installers may add protective seals or stains to maintain the decking’s appearance. Clear sealants help prevent moisture damage, while colored stains can change the appearance of the wood while adding protection. Pressure-treated woods can minimize swelling or warping problems over time, although they tend to cost more than standard woods.