Pressure treated wood is the most common choice for deck wood. However, after you decide to use pressure treated wood, you still need to choose how treated you want the wood, and you may be in an area where you have access to more than one of the three most common types of pressure treated wood. How do you select the best pressure treated wood for decking?
When you choose to use pressure treated wood, know that you are making the most economic choice. Using pressure treated wood from another region, or deciding against pressure treated wood may increase cost. In western states, consumers typically have access to Douglas-fir and Hem-fir pressure treated wood. In eastern states, consumers typically have access to treated yellow pine. Your location will mean that some types of wood are more available than others. Before you begin to make a choice about which type of pressure treated wood you want, look to see what is available in your area.
Decide how treated you need the wood:
There are different levels of treatment available. Wood that has more contact with the ground and is more likely to rot will have more treatment. The level of treatment may vary the cost more than just the type of wood. Before you begin to construct your deck, decide how much treatment you need for the wood you need.
Make a list of pros and cons for each type of wood:
The three most common types of pressure treated deck wood are yellow pine, Douglas-fir, and Hem-fir. Uniformly, pressure treated wood is strong. However, Douglas-fir is stronger than the other two types mentioned. Of the three, Yellow Pine is typically the least expensive. Most pressure treated wood is prone to checks, or small cracks. However, hem-fir often has fewer of these. Hem-fir requires that drilled holes and cuts need additional treatment. After you see what is available in your area and you have a clear idea of what you need in terms of treatment, make a list of pros and cons by doing research into each type of wood. Typically, the wood-seller can tell you about the wood, but consider doing internet research, also.
Even if you are lucky enough to have access to many different types of pressure treated wood, know that their will be cost differences. Figure out how much wood you will need for your deck and examine your finances. Pressure treated wood is typically durable. However, each variety will have some differences.
A deck is a significant investment. Expect to spend a good deal of money. However, the expense of a deck does not mean that you need to go broke. Carefully evaluate your options and make a wise choice.