Toronto deck repairs on: Selecting the right Wood for your Deck
Toronto deck repairs and deck building are mostly made from the most common of woods that are locally available with ease from the building centers such as Home Depot, Rona and Home hardware. They are the major suppliers mostly for the common deck builder. Even when you buy red Western Cedar is not as good as naturally grown wood.
Buying wood for your deck that is a high quality has to be more than likely a special order from a specialty supplier of deck wood that can order from various parts of the country here in Canada or possibly even the US.
There are several popular choices for deck boards. Once you have chosen the boards, I pick the appropriate wood for your trim, posts and railings. Based on your needs and budget, I can build decks out of other woods and composite materials.
Redwood ~ A distinctive pink/red colored wood which ages to gray. The red heartwood is naturally resistant to damage from termites and moisture. Any white part of a redwood board, known as sapwood, has little resistance to termites and rot. I use Construction Grade Heart Redwood, commonly known as Con Heart, which has no sapwood and some knots. I can also use more expensive grades of redwood, if your budget permits.
Mangaris™ (Red Balau) ~ A dense grained, reddish-brown hardwood from Indonesia/Thailand that ages to a silver gray like Teak. It stains up like Mahogany and is more durable than Redwood. It costs about 10-20% more than redwood and is moderately more labor intensive. See the rich color of the unstained wood.
“Ironwoods” ~ A chocolate brown family of heavy and durable South American hardwoods, including Ipe and Pau Lope. They offer excellent termite and weather resistance. However, they are considerably more labor intensive and it costs about 10-20% more than redwood.
Composites ~ The best known of these new decking materials is Trex™, an extremely durable mix of wood fibers (sawdust) and recycled plastics. It requires no staining, painting, waterproofing, or regular wood maintenance. However, urban legend has it that squirrels love using Trex edges to sharpen their teeth. New composites are coming on the market every day and research on the Internet will yield lots of options. To see what colors and grains are available, check out Trex’s Brasilia,
Accents and Origins products.
These ones are quite exotic and probably cost more than most people can afford to pay for wood on a deck. Also it is worth mentioning that the additional extra expense for the premium wood doesn’t mean that it would lasting longer, it might just be aesthetically pleasing and that’s it.
We have found that special order red Cedar grade 1 even though it cost quite about more money is worth it is just simply looks great and rich.
For further info on deck repairs and deck and fence building call for an estimate in Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Oakville.
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