The Distinctive Look of Wood DeckingEven if wood planks are from a single lot each will have a distinctive look, color and grain and this is what adds character to wood decks. There are different wood species you can choose from for your wooden deck and hardwoods are generally much more long-lasting than softwoods. The latter require very frequent re-sanding & re-sealing. On the other hand, hardwoods are more expensive then softwoods like pine, but its lower maintenance and durability make up for the extra cost.
Pressure Treated DecksPressure-treated wood is wood that has been infused with chemical preservatives to protect the wood from rot and insects. The wood is placed in a depressurized holding tank that removes the air and replaces it with a preservative. The most important thing to understand about this pressure treatment is that the process is, by far, the best way to avoid harmful rot and insects, but does not prevent weathering and corrosion.
Ipe DeckingIpe (pronounced “e-pay”, also known as Brazilian Walnut), is the most sought after tropical hardwood decking in the United States today. An Ipe deck is the “king” of South American hardwood decking – the gold standard for fine exterior decking.
Typically used for decking, docks and other outdoor applications, Ipe is one of the most dense, durable hardwoods in the world, lasting for decades in service. Ipe decking is even used commercially for municipal projects such as the boardwalk in Atlantic City, due to its naturally durable properties. Since Ipe is 100% natural wood, it is recyclable at the end of its service life.
Ipe has rich dark colors, so it not only lasts a long time but has the beauty of a fine interior wood. If Ipe is allowed to age, it will turn to a silver/gray patina over time. Its color can be brought back to its original shade with the use of a deck cleaner/brightening system and application of a hardwood finish specifically formulated for Ipe and other exotic hardwoods.
Benefits of Wooden DeckingRedwood, cedar, blackwood, ironbark and redgum are just some of the commonly used hardwoods for wood decking. Mahogany, tallow wood and spotted gum are some of the sturdiest and most durable hardwoods available. These wood species have a number of advantages such as:
- Low maintenance
- Easy sanding and re-sealing
- Adds value to your home
The Maintenance FactorHardwood decking is strong and highly-durable but you will have to pay some attention to it in terms of regular maintenance. Over time, and with exposure to harsh climate, it might fade, splinter or crack. In addition, excessive moisture in the air and exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause a certain amount of deterioration in wood decking. A majority of hardwoods are insect-resistant and timber pressing or sealing is not required to ensure longevity. On the other hand softwoods like pine will have to be treated appropriately.
The Project–Handling ProcessWhen you call us for installation of wood decks we visit your home and survey the area thoroughly. We then provide you a detailed plan based on your ideas and liking and then carry out the installation with the highest levels of efficiency and expertise. We give you expert suggestions about the kind of wood that should be used and the accessories that can be used to enhance the look of the wood decking.
We can add balusters made of glass, metal or wood and also add decorative posts and sleeves. The appropriate lighting will also make your wooden decking look outstanding and unique. All our personnel are highly-skilled and courteous and your project will be completed in the least possible time and well within the agreed-upon budget. Contact Fence & Deck Connection at 8057 Veterans Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21108 for a free estimate.
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