Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-461-9226. Here’s must-know information from our in-house deck specialist, Luke Panek, shared on 10.1.22.
Considerations Before Getting A Wood Deck Installation
It is becoming rarer these days for homeowners to choose a wood deck over composite decking. A few decades ago, redwood decking was a popular option. That’s because this type of deck installation could last as long as 30 years if it was properly maintained. Nowadays, redwood decking is a less sought-after option because the trees harvested to make these types of decks are less mature. While cedar is now often used in the creation of a wooden deck, it should be thought of as material that is delicate that requires a lot of maintenance. In many cases deck these types of decks won’t last longer than 15 years.
What Type Of Maintenance Is Needed With A Wood Deck?
To promote the longest possible lifespan, proper wood deck maintenance should be a regular occurrence. This includes sanding the deck every few years to remove any preexisting stain. Doing so opens the pores within the deck boards. This puts them in the best possible scenario to accept the application of new stain. When it comes to deck stains, it is best to opt for a quality brand that will stand the test of time, such as Penofin® or Timber Oil. Learn more about how deck maintenance varies with different types of materials.
Alternatives To Traditional Wood Decking
Pressure Treated Decking
KDAT (kiln-dried pressure treated decking) is a good compromise for homeowners that don’t want the continuous maintenance of a wooden deck, but do not have the budget for composite deck installation. KDAT decking uses wood that has had the moisture removed prior to installation. These types of deckings are more stable and longer lasting than their wooden counterparts. KDAT southern yellow pine decks are known for their density. However, some homeowners prefer to not use them because the pine had knots in places where a branch once would have existed.
Millboard® Composite Decking
For those who want no-maintenance decks but still prefer the appearance of natural woodgrain, consider a composite deck installation, Millboard® is the perfect solution that’s popular among homeowners. In addition to the custom deck design capabilities we can provide, here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners like you enjoy Millboard® composite decking.
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