Many people have probably heard the “what kind of wood is best” debate when building custom decks, multiple times over - namely, what kind of wood is the best kind of wood for their deck. Our decking contractors can of course tell our customers the best kind of wood for their particular circumstances, with said circumstances typically including their budget, the area’s climate, and what they ultimately want their deck to look like.
We are very much capable of building decks out of redwood or cedar, but today, we’re going to talk about the merits of having a deck built out of pine.
The Pros of Pine Wood Decking
Pine decks are rather plentiful in the United States because the wood has multiple species that can be sourced right here within the US. Obtaining the wood for pine decks is overall much less expensive than cedar (which is in many ways considered pine wood’s counterpart). If a customer is working within a budget, then pine wood is probably more along the lines of what they're looking for.
Pinewood can also do a fantastic job of keeping out moisture, curbing the growth of fungus and bacteria, and can actually slow down the spread of fire. If someone is looking for durability with a comparatively low price tag, then a pine deck could be the answer to all their decking needs.
The Cons of Pine Decking
There isn’t an overwhelming amount of cons associated with pine decking. Pinewood is considered a “soft” wood which means that it’s not very tough and can’t take a lot of damage be it from the elements or from human (or animal) activity. Pinewood has to be pressure treated before it can be used to build much of anything durable with. As many people might imagine, a deck is no exception to that.
What is Pressure-Treated Lumber?
Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been chemically treated to make it strong and durable. Pine becomes much more environmentally friendly once it’s been treated it is overall a much better material for construction.
For people that have heard that pressure-treated lumber is incredibly toxic, it pleases us to inform them that that is no longer the case. Back in 2003, changes were made to change the chemicals that were used to treat the wood to nontoxic substances. It was during this change the bug and rot-repellant nature of the treatment process was introduced as well.
Many people actually prefer to paint their decks and speaking frankly, if they're willing to invest in paint that is waterproof with UV resistance, paint can be a great way to protect your deck. As it just so happens, painting over a pinewood deck can actually increase its longevity.
Building a deck comes with making a lot of considerations. That said, our customers can trust us to help them with the decision-making process regardless of what material they decide to use for their outdoor space.