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Cupping CrackingWood is the preferred material for decks. Not only is wood beautiful, it is also stable, durable, and easy to work with. Wood is susceptible, however, to water damage and should be checked regularly. 

Boards that are split, cracked, or have raised nails indicate a possible problem with moisture penetration. Wood is also a porous material, like skin; and like skin, wood pores can become clogged and deteriorate. 

One way to prevent problems with your wood is to have it sealed and maintained. Below is a list of commonly used woods for deck construction.

Cedar: The wood from this large, coniferous evergreen tree is a popular favorite for decks. It not only looks and smells wonderful, it is also extremely durable. The texture of cedar is soft, and the grain of cedar is intricate and beautiful. Cedar produces natural tannins that are thought to be naturally resistant to insects. These tannins, however, can spot, especially after rainfalls, and this continues until the wood becomes fully acclimatized (about three years). Sealer colors that work particularly well with cedar are the natural redwood or cedar tinted, or clear. These sealers allow the natural grain of the wood to show through, while at the same time protecting the wood through a color tint.

Pine: This long-needled tree also has wood that is very popular in deck construction. Pine varies from very soft wood, as with the white pine, to very hard wood, as in the long leaf pine. Usually pressure treated for deck construction, pine is very versatile, cheaper than cedar or redwood, and dependable. Depending on personal preference, pine works well with any color sealer. As with cedar, there are natural colors that can enhance the natural grain and color of the wood.

Redwood: Used frequently in timber construction, redwood is (as the name suggests) a reddish wood. Outside of the color, redwood is very similar to cedar.

Pressure- Treated: This term refers to wood that has been chemically treated to ward off insects and rot. Cedar and redwood are never treated. The drawbacks to using pressure treated wood are rapid discoloration, prone to splitting, and many chemicals are in the wood that can discolor it. As with all woods, it is always best to have your pressure treated wood seasoned, cleaned, and sealed so that these natural drawbacks can be avoided.



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