Today we’re going to go over the best woods for decks. The wood type that you choose matters in terms of durability and longevity. Different wood types are more or less resistant to the elements. Common concerns about wood decks are rot stemming from moisture as well as insects. With that in mind, a wood deck is still a valuable investment. It’s classic, charming, and not costly. All it takes is some discernment to pick out the best wood deck, and we’re here to help. Here are some of our top picks.
Cedar Wood Decks
Cedar is often the top choice because of its durability and moisture resistance. Cedar is a softwood, but it surprisingly resists rot and insect infestation. Cedar’s structural makeup changes based on its atmosphere. As the unpredictable Maryland weather goes from hot and humid to freeze and thaw patterns, you won’t have to worry about cedar warping or cracking with ease, like some other options.
Cedar’s aesthetics are also a benefit. If you want a natural-looking deck, then this is the top option. Cedar decks also don’t take a lot of effort to stain, which gives you even more options. Cedar decks can last up to 20 years with yearly pressure to wash and refinish and staining a cedar deck every two to three years.
Redwood is another softwood. It’s similar to cedar in the sense that it’s a durable and more rugged option. This option is also resistant to rot, moisture, and insects. Redwood’s resistance comes from natural oils and tannins ( a compound that protects wood from bacteria). These properties also give redwood its beautiful aesthetics. If you choose a redwood deck, make sure to wash it each year. Staining every few years is a must as well.
Pressure-Treated Wood Decks
From an economic perspective, pressure-treated wood decks are the best option. Pressure-treated wood has many options, from pine to fir and more. The process of pressure treating different woods works as such: that the manufacturer places a load of lumber into a chamber and then seals it. Next, they force waterborne-chemicals into the wood under pressure. This option is a fan favorite because it’s affordable and will last for a very long time. You still have to fulfill regular maintenance, but when you think about how cost-effective this option is, compared to how long it lasts, it works!
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