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Q. Could you look into wood for building decks? I don't want to buy wood from the over-harvested Pacific Northwest or the global south. Is yellow pine from the southeast United States any good, or is it a horrible monoculture that's genetically engineered and ruins the soil? And then there's the whole pressure-treated thing. How about ? Ian Durham, N.C.. Ask Umbra. A. Dearest Ian,. Spring is in the air, and your question is making me think of summer nights spent ...


Enhance your outdoor landscape with an updated deck and fence. ... from pressure-treated wood because it's typically the most affordable option. Unfortunately, pressure treating wood doesn't make it completely resistant to moisture, which means that you'll have to apply a water repellent to your deck on an annual basis in order to protect against moisture damage. ... Pressure-Treated Wood, best, Good, Good. Western Red Cedar, Better, Good, Good. Composite, Good, best, best ...


According to the experts at the Western Red Cedar lumber Association, the four best grades of cedar to use for decking are (listed from most expensive and clearest, to least expensive and most knotty): architect clear, custom clear, architect knotty, and custom knotty. In most regions of the country, redwood and cedar each cost at least three times more than pressure-treated lumber. for example, I recently bought an 8-ft.-long red cedar 2 x 6 and paid nearly $4 per ...


If you're looking to perfect your yard with a new deck, here's information on the pros and cons of the various materials you may use to build it. ... wood decking. View as slideshow. Photo by Hamilton Hedrick. The original and still most common decking choice, wood is natural, strong, easy to install and feels good under bare feet. But it also requires an annual cleaning and can rot, splinter, ... These chemicals are also highly corrosive so for best results, use only stainless steel fasteners.


Congratulations, you're about to build (or rebuild) a deck! While this is a one of those highly rewarding projects, it does come with its own challenges. One of the first of which will be trying to determine what the best choice of wood is when choosing the deck lumber for the project. Here's a quick look at three of the more popular choices you'll encounter when you head to the deck lumber depot: Cedar decking. If you love the natural appearance of wood, then you'll want to consider ...


Wood is the original and traditional material used for decks. The Atlantic City boardwalk -- the first oceanside wood boardwalk in the United States—was made of wood, and, according to some studies, continues to be the top choice for most residential homeowners' deck projects. Hardwoods—all woods, really—should be certified by the forest Stewardship Council. Pros: It's the real deal—authentic; has a natural warmth; Smells good; Looks natural, because it is ...


As lumber moves through a mill, grading inspectors review each piece and separate them onto different paths. Knots, decay, grain angle, wane, damage, warp and other physical characteristics of an individual piece of lumber distinguish it into a specific grade. The grades provide a tighter presumption of the structural performance of each piece. A beat-up, decayed 2x8 covered in knots won't be as strong as a clean, straight-grained one. Common grades, from worst to best, are utility ...


Considering a Wood deck? It's Not Just About Good Looks. If you are planning a deck, you'll have many varieties of wood to consider. The key will be finding the one that best suits your aesthetic, design, budget, and region. By Larry Bilotti · deck PATIO & PORCH · MATERIALS · WOOD ?ShareSHARES. See More. See more article icon Solved! The best decking Material · See more gallery icon 7 Easy Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeovers · See more gallery icon 10 Popular ...


Cleaners contain detergent and bleach and work best on dirt and mildew. Restorers contain oxalic acid and are ideal for removing tannin streaks and stains around nail- and screwheads in cedar and redwood decks. Both come in liquid and crystal form and cost about $15 for enough to make 5 gallons of solution (good for 750 to 1,000 square feet of deck area). If your deck was painted or sealed with varnish (a big mistake), you'll need to remove these high-maintenance finishes with a ...


The author buys high-grade, vertical-grain southern yellow pine from a local high-end lumber mill, which trucks it to a treatment plant, where the lumber is pressure-treated, milled to his specs with a crown and tapered sides, and kiln-dried. Credit: Brandon Crocker. I don't care for the wood decking that's generally available in lumberyards. Dealers stock what they think will sell, and treating companies process the wood that dealers order. Good-looking ...


Thinking of adding a roof deck? AZEK capped polymer is strong, durable, and weather resistant. Count on this lightweight building material to resist stratches, stains, and fading. for durability and a greater return on your investment, turn to composite decking. With the look and feel of real lumber, high-performance composite decks outperform wood over time. Much more resistant to the elements, they offer the charm of traditional wood without the high-maintenance hassles. However ...


If decking could be continually recycled it would truly be a sustainable product, but no companies, to my knowledge, have produced such a product. All composite decking materials rely on a type of adhesive or glue that bond all of the plastic and wood particles together. These adhesives can be any number of polymers(resin) some which can cause environmental concern if released into the environment especially if burned. The life span of composite decking is similar to a wood deck ...


If you've ever completed a woodworking project, you know how important it is to use the right lumber. We'll walk you through the best ways to select lumber for a deck, examine quality, and more.