When picturing a deck, most of us imagine the natural look, feel and smell of wood. While it’s a traditional building material for decks, we recommend using pressure-treated wood, like Southern Yellow Pine, over traditional lumber. The pressure-treated wooden decks that we build at Contract Exteriors are built to last longer than those made from traditional wood.
Benefits of Treated Wood Decks
- Cost: Many of our customers choose pressure-treated wood because of its affordability. The initial cost of a wood deck is significantly less than that of vinyl or composite.
- Durability: When properly constructed and maintained, treated wood can last for decades. Pressure-treated wood can also withstand high winds better than other materials.
- Low maintenance: It’s not difficult or expensive to replace pressure-treated wood boards or railings damaged from fire or heavy use.
- Insect-repellant: The chemicals used in treating this type of wood drive away bugs and insects, keeping them away from your home and lowering the possibility of insect damage.
- Eco-friendly: Unlike petroleum-based materials, pressure-treated wood, if sustainably harvested, is renewable.
Types of Pressure-Treated Wood
- Aboveground pressure-treated wood is used in projects that can be easily maintained and are at least six inches above the ground.
- Ground-contact pressure-treated wood can be used for any aboveground purpose because it has chemical retention levels twice as high as aboveground pressure-treated lumber.
- The most commonly treated wood is pine because of its quick regrowth. Southern Yellow Pine is the most common type of decking material used in the eastern United States. For those who want the most natural look, cedar deck boards are ideal because they don’t absorb water, twist or split.
- Wood can be crafted in a wide variety of aesthetic styles and painted or stained in a number of colors.
Ready to take the next step toward a new deck? Contact us today to find out more about our treated deck options and to schedule your free estimate! We have locations in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Raleigh.