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Building a Deck: Choosing the Right Materials

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 2:54pm.

It's that time of year when your backyard becomes another living space. A lot of people will be building decks this summer, and if you're one of them, here are some helpful tips we came across to help you pick the right materials for the job

CHOOSING THE WOOD

Cedar resists moisture, rot and insect infestations.

Douglas fir is very strong, and handles to power tools well. It is also decay, mold and insect repellant.

Redwood is easy to work with, naturally decay-resistant and should avoid warping and splitting.

Exotic wood choices are the most durable but also more expensive. Most exotic options are environmentally-friendly as well.

CHOOSING THE FINISH

Clear water sealer  is a transparent finish that provides dampness protection for the wood without altering it's natural colour or grain.

Tinted waterproofer provides dampness protection with the added benefit of colour enhancement. Long-term protection recommends that you recoat every three years or so.

Solid stain offers a rich finish that covers wood completely, but with the benefits of a stain. Solid stains provide long-term protection from natural weathering.

Paint is a consideration for less expensive grades of wood, but just remember paint will likely need to be redone or touched up every couple of years. 

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