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 10.1.122.
Considerations Before The Installation Of A Wood Deck
It is becoming rarer these days for homeowners to choose a wood deck 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.
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What Type Of Maintenance Is Needed With A Wood Deck?
To promote the longest possible lifespan, wood decks must be properly maintained. This includes sanding the deck every few years to remove any preexisting stain. Doing so opens the pores within the 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.
Alternatives To Traditional Wood Decking
KDAT (kiln-dried pressure treated decking) is a good compromise for homeowners that don’t want the continuous maintenance of wooden deck, but do not have the budget for composite deck installation. KDAT deck installation uses wood that has had the moisture removed prior to installation. These types of decks 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 homeowners wanting the appearance of a natural woodgrain on their composite deck installation, Millboard® custom deck design is the perfect solution. Here are just a few of the reason why.