Outdoor living spaces add a definite dimension and charm to any home and adding an outdoor deck or patio is the best way to make best use of all the space that surrounds your home. Decks can be made of a variety of materials and hardwood flooring is very commonly used for it. Phillips Landscape Group builds all kinds of decks and patios and we have over 20 years of experience in this area. Here are some materials that are used in deck installation.
Pressure Treated Wood
This is one of the cheapest options for decks, but also one of the shortest-lasting ones. This is generally made with any easy-to-treat wood such as pine that is infused with various preservatives. Untreated pine will not last for more than 18 months, but treating the material and maintaining it well, can make it last for upto 15 years.
Cedar and Redwood
These have a slightly-longer lifespan than the pressure treated woods. Cedar and redwood are 2 similar species of wood and have a couple of common features. They both are lightweight and soft, but they also naturally contain certain elements that help in protecting them against insects and rot. Just as most woods will fade over a period of time; these 2 woods will also fade if protective coatings and sealants are not applied on the decks. Both these woods will last for 20 years or more.
Mahogany is largely used indoors but some homeowners opt for decks made of mahogany. The lighter varieties of this species are more susceptible to deterioration from exposure to the elements if they are not protected appropriately. But the darker varieties have certain natural preservatives just as cedar and redwood do, which affords the decks longevity and they can last for 25-30 years.
These are the hardest species of wood that you can buy but they also tend to be the most expensive. In the right conditions and with the right maintenance, they can last for 25-30 years. But they are very tough and in some cases, it can be very difficult to even hammer a nail into them. Anyone who does not have a budget constraint should consider opting for tropical hardwood decks and they are the best that money can buy.
The material you choose for decks or patios will depend on your personal taste and budget. Tropical woods, like teak, wear & weather well. However, some of these varieties can be dark, and they tend to hold more heat than the lighter woods like Southern yellow pine that has been pressure treated.
Redwood is a very popular species of wood for decks. It is low maintenance, has a cool surface and a reasonable price tag. Having expert installers carry out the job for you adds to the longevity of the deck. For decks of different kinds, call Phillips Landscape Group on 301-368-3636, via email or regular mail at PO Box 5100, Laytonville MD 20882. We also serve the Montgomery and Frederick Counties.