For an attractive and safer deck lumber, always select an attractive wood for your steps, floors, and railings. Here are our five kinds of wood that can use for your deck.
Ipé is a famous South American hardwood. It is the top marks for rot-resistance and bug. This wood is so hard to burn as concrete. It is very heavy and dense and difficult to work but it is the best to use with slate accents and stone with 25-years warranty.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar is reddish brown in color and after some years, it changes to a silvery gray. This cedar has an ability to splinter easily and holds up well in heat, rain, cold and sun. You can add penetrating stain to add beauty and durability.
As compare to cedar, redwood is a soft and robust deck lumber that ages to a pleasing gray. A redwood deck has an ability to resist rot but it long time moisture cause wood to blacken. To maintain its color, use a clear sealer on your redwood deck or porch floor.
Mahogany has a strong tropical hardwood with an ability to resist rot and pests. To seem like a teak, use marine oil. There are lots of variety in Mahogany, you can select according to your own choice but before selection, make sure that it has the “FSC” trademark.
Tigerwood is a South American wood with a great visual variation. It has different colors and grains that provides an amazing presentation for the deck. But, some says that it is the difficult wood to manage due to its inconsistent nature. Tigerwood is also used to carve archery bows and knife.