[Posted on August 21st, 2014 by Aaron Presley]
When you decide that you are going to build a deck, you want to make sure you consider the deck lumber through and through. Many people make the mistake of choosing any lumber and are later disappointed by the outcome. Additionally, many people make quick decisions and end up rebuilding their deck several years later. When you choose lumber, you want to spend the time understanding the facts so that your deck will last a considerable amount of time.
Deck lumber can be relatively expensive. You do not want to buy more of it than what is absolutely necessary. This means you will want to take the measurements effectively. If you have any concerns as to how much you will need, you will be able to ask the lumber yard. If you work with a lumber yard that is not prepared to answer your questions or will not provide you with assistance on measurements, you want to find a different lumberyard to work with.
There are various types of wood, and each type of wood is going to vary based upon softness, color and other factors. The more you know about each type of wood that you can choose from, the easier it will be to make a decision as to which one you want to work with. The last thing that you want to do is choose incorrectly for your deck.
Even if you are not thrilled over the color of the deck lumber that you ultimately choose, you will have the option to stain or paint the wood once you are completed with the build. These can be time-consuming tasks, but will ultimately help to maintain the look. It will also help the wood to become more waterproof.
If you are not sure if you want to take on the responsibility of staining wood and maintaining it, Fiberon decking is a material that you will want to explore. This is a type of wood that is also mixed with plastic so that it is more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be stained and it will not splinter or crack under pressure. Like traditional wood.
With so many options available, you need to do the research so that you can build the best of deck possible – and the lumberyard you work with should help you every step of the way.