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The look and feel of natural woods in Decking is incomparable when properly maintained. Depending on the species of wood, each weathers at its own pace and exhibits hues of color and characteristics that intensify over time.
Natural wood decking products can be roughly divided into three categories: pressure-treated lumber, redwood and cedar, and tropical hardwoods.
Pressure treated lumber has been the best-selling decking material for several decades and still is today. Most pressure treated decking is cut from southern yellow pine and then chemically treated to resist decay, fungus, and wood-boring bugs. This lumber is treated with less-toxic chemicals, such as alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), copper azole, or carbon-based, nonmetal preservatives. Pressure treated decking requires routine maintenance, including an annual power washing and an application of stain or clear wood preservative every two or three years.
Redwood and cedar are softwood species and are treasured for their rich crimson color and natural beauty. In addition, redwood and cedar tannin and oils make them naturally resistant to rot, decay, and voracious insects, so they don’t need to be pumped full of chemicals. Even though redwood and cedar are naturally resistant to the weather, you should lightly scrub or power-wash the surface annually, and apply a stain or clear finish every three to four years. To maintain the wood’s natural color and texture, you must apply a semitransparent stain. If you don’t, both redwood and cedar will eventually weather to a soft silvery gray.
Tropical hardwoods from Africa, South America, Malaysia, the Phillipines, and other faraway places are considered . Most have exotic-sounding names such as Massaranduba, jatoba, meranti batu, camara, abaco, red tauari, tigerwood, and ipe. They’re all very dense, hard, heavy, durable, and naturally resistant to rot and insects. No wood decking is 100 percent maintenance-free, but tropical hardwoods come close. Most need little more than an occasional scrubbing and perhaps a coat of clear wood preservative.
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