Wood decks are natural and beautiful with their varying grain patterns, and they are always in style. If you want a wood deck to create an amazing outdoor space and complement your home, Artisan Outdoor Craftsman can work with you to make your dream come true.
Wood Decks Offer Versatility, Strength, Durability, and Flexibility
Carpenters and builders have been working with wood for a long time. It is a very versatile building material that can be used for decks, pergolas, arbors, pool houses, and other outdoor structures.
Wood is also strong and can support a lot with the proper design and construction. Some wood, like Western Red Cedar, is naturally resistant to insects and rotting. This means wood can be very durable and last a long time.
Wood Decks are Made with Naturally Renewable Materials
People who choose wood decks over composite decks do so for primarily two reasons: Beauty and sustainability.
Each tree harvested for its lumber has unique characteristics that create a grain pattern and feel that is unmatched. This is what helps to give wood decks their charm and beauty.
But, because of foresting practices, wood is also a very sustainable material. It is organic and grows naturally.
What Types of Wood are Good for Decks?
Choosing the right type of wood for your custom deck is important. There are several factors to consider, like how will it be used, what type of climate will it be in, how much rain does your area gets, and what kinds of insects are prevalent where you are.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is a popular choice for wood decks, pergolas, arbors, and other outdoor structures.
This variety of wood lasts for decades, it is lightweight, has a nice, uniform texture, tends to be straight-grained, and it contains no resin or pitch.
People choose cedar for a number of reasons, including its wonderful smell and its resistance to moisture and insects.
Another option for your wood deck is a little more economical: Pressure-treated wood. Two of the more popular kinds of wood that are pressure treated include Southern yellow pine and Douglas fir.
Southern yellow pine has a nice look when your deck is first built, and it is better than other woods when it comes to aging. Many kinds of wood will slowly turn gray over time, but Southern yellow pine ages slower. It is a good wood for accepting stains because of its slightly porous surface. While it is softwood, it is a strong wood.
Did you know Douglas fir is among the strongest of the softwoods? It is also a go-to wood for many different kinds of projects and products. It’s lightweight, yet strong. It is easy to cut. However, when it comes to decks, Douglas fir is better left for covered or partially covered wood deck projects.
Questions to Ask Before Building a Wood Deck
At Artisan Outdoor Craftsman, we will be happy to design and build a custom wood deck for you and your family. But, there are some things you need to know before deciding on a wood deck.
Wood decks need a lot of love and care. They need to be pressure cleaned annually, and it is good to have the wood sealed and stained.
Also, wood decks don’t come with a warranty like decks built of composite materials. We can warranty a wood deck for structural issues.
We are here to help you build the deck of your dreams, and if you want a wood deck we will guide you through the process to achieve the best result for you and your vision.