Decking materials differ in a number of ways. These include durability, maintenance requirements, color and texture and of course, affordability. If you are looking for a low-maintenance deck, then a wood plastic composite is just right for you. But if want something more authentic looking, durable and can maintain its appeal for many years, then you should opt for timber decking. Because of the durability and classic look of wood, it is still the most popular choice among many homeowners when it comes to decking materials. Here are some of the common materials used for wooden decks.
1. Jarah is classified as a kind of hardwood that is termite and decay resistant. This kind of wood hardens with age in a way that normal woodworking tools would no longer be effective. This is why Jarah is ideal for outdoor applications such as decks and pergola. It can also be used for constructing hot tubs or spas because it is resistant to rot. It has a rich dark reddish-brown color and beautiful grains that does not easily diminish over time.
2. Merbau (ipil or kwila) is a tropical wood which grows in mangrove forests. It is naturally oily and contains high levels of tannin. It is widely used for its durability, strong resistance to extreme weather conditions, decay and termites. It comes in a variety of colors from deep reddish-brown to yellowish and orange brown.
3. Cypress is considered as softwood, but it still has been typically used for various home constructions because of its stability and durability. Cypress trees produce natural oil called 'cypressence' that serves as a preservative and pest repellent. It comes in light yellowish-brown to dark brown color and turns gray with age.
4. Spotted Gum is also called lemon-scented gum.The largest advantage in using spotted gum is that it can withstand extreme weather conditions, making it perfect for outdoor use. Its color varies from dark red to light golden brown. It is also considered as one of the hardest known timbers in the world. This allows you to work even with tiny pieces of wood without breaking them. Its natural oiliness also allows you to machine it well. But it must be glued right after surface preparation.
5. Redwood is another remarkable deck material known for its stability and durability. It is highly resistant to wood eating insects and extreme weathers even without conservative chemicals. It has a rich reddish-brown color. If left unfinished, it will turn black until it becomes silvery gray. It is also less likely to shrink or warp than other types of wood. Plus, it is one of the most fire resistant materials than can be used for decking that can last for about 30 years.