Materials Used For Timber Decking, Timber Pergolas and Weatherboard Cladding

When installing timber deckings, timber pergolas and weatherboard claddings, it is important for homeowners to consider the material to use. These materials' durability and strength influence the capacity of timber deckings, pergolas and claddings to withstand wear and tear and constant exposure to the elements. Ideally, timber decks and pergolas should be made from durable wood materials in order for them to be useful, durable and long lasting. On the other hand, weatherboard claddings are made from vinyl, plastic and other similar materials.

How can we be sure that the materials for these structures are durable, strong and reliable? A little research work can help homeowners like you verify these materials' strength. Homeowners can check out online sites, read books, and ask wood experts to on what materials are suitable for timber deckings, timber pergolas and weatherboard claddings.

In general, timber decks are generally made of hardwood such as Pacific Kwila and araucaria pine. According to a website, kwila is a "resinous tropical hardwood" endemic in South Pacific, Melanesia, Malaysia Indonesia and the tropical regions of northern Australia. Because Pacific Kwila has a hardness factor of 8.6 (higher than other hardwood species), plus a shrinkage rate of less than 3% at 12% moisture levels, it is considered as among the most durable hardwood species. Araucaria pine is described in another site as a hardwood species native to South America and Australia. It has been also been described as a durable and stable wood. In using these hardwood species, manufacturers also treat kwila and auracaria with special processes so as to maintain their durability and give additional protection from the elements.

Timber pergolas are made from hardwood such as cedar, redwood, ipe, cypress and other durable timber species. Information on timber suitable for building timber pergolas are available in lumber trade journals, magazines or online pergola sites. The kind of hardwood used must be considered given the fact that a pergola is built to provide shelter for people seeking shade from the sun or rain. The pergola must be supported by wooden columns strong enough to support a roof above. In addition, the wood should be durable enough as to allow people to lean on them when standing.

In sum, homeowners must take into account the hardness factor, shrinkage rates and moisture levels of the timbers before buying them. This is to make sure that they get the best and strongest material for their deckings and pergolas. Aside from influencing the quality of wood, the hardness factor, shrinkage rates and moisture levels also determines the prices needed to purchase them.

Weatherboard claddings are made of synthetic materials since they provide an insulation of samples to a portion of the house. Claddings are made of vinyl, plastic, aluminum, and fiber cement. Information on weatherboard cladding material is also available online, from home supplies websites / stores, and trade journals.Homeowners, especially those living around the Sydney area are also advised to visit their nearest home supply shop to inquire on the "best" vinyl, plastic and aluminum.