Dos And Don'ts Of Choosing Wood For Your Deck

30 November 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


When you need dock repair, sometimes it's worth doing an entire dock makeover. Doing large repairs can sometimes be cost prohibitive in comparison. If you want to redo your deck, one of the most important decisions you'll face is the type of wood to use. Follow these dos and don'ts to make the best choice for your deck and home.

Do Make a List of Priorities for Your Deck

How you proceed with choices for your deck will depend on what you want from it. If you simply want a deck that's aesthetically pleasing but not often utilized, your choices will be different than they'd be if you planned to get heavy use out of it. Also, when prioritizing what you need from a deck, you need to keep in mind how cold and hot it is likely to regularly get in your area and how much maintenance you want to do on it.

Don't Ignore the Possible Issues and Hazards

When you're considering the possibilities for your deck, don't ignore the most common problems you may encounter with a wooden deck. These include:

  • Warping
  • Water Damage
  • Structural Problems
  • Splitting
  • Wood Rot and Decay
  • Fading Color
  • Cupping
  • Twisting

While some of these problems can happen no matter which deck materials you use, you may be able to better prevent these issues by choosing materials that resist them.

Do Feel Confident About Investing in Your Deck

When you choose the highest quality items and experienced workers, redoing your deck is an investment. There's no other way worth renovating it. Poorer quality wood can ultimately cost you even more since it needs to be replaced more often, and inexperienced craftsmen can cause delays and do bad work that leads to damage, injuries, or worse.

Take the other route and invest in quality. If you do invest in a deck, Bob Vila reports that you can expect to get around 82 percent of the expenses back when you ultimately sell your house.

Don't Make a Commitment Until You Explore All Your Options

A lot of people simply see wood as wood, and they may be willing to simply go with the first sample they see. However, that's a mistake because each type of wood offers unique pros and cons.

Some common choices for wood decking include:

  • Cedar
  • Hemlock
  • Redwood
  • Cypress

Be sure to explore all your possibilities, then make an informed decision.

Finally, the wood on your deck will be a part of your home for years to come, so don't rush this choice. Which wood you choose for your deck will have an impact on everything from how it looks to how long it lasts. Take the time to examine all the factors that are most important to you, then trust yourself to make the right decision.  For more information, contact companies like Abbotts' Construction Services Inc.