Treatment: Chemical treatment levels affect how long wood will last in marine or other harsh environments. Always look at the tags on the end of boards. Make sure your investment lasts and buy wood from The Deck Store, the expert in marine and coastal lumber.
NOT ALL WOOD IS CREATED EQUAL.
Wood is still the king of decking materials, due to its economy and strength. Natural-wood decking products can be roughly divided into three categories: pressure-treated lumber, cedar, and tropical hardwoods. Which material is best for your new deck will depend on factors including decking color, available board sizes, maintenance requirements, and price.
When only true wood will do, The Deck Store carries high quality #1 grade dense Southern Yellow Pine, Dense Select Structural, or #1 Prime.
Our lumber is pressure treated to withstand the elements to AWPA standards for Ground Contact.
Planks are available in 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 foot increments. Contact us today to order and schedule a delivery.
Pressure Treated Lumber
Not all wood called “pressure treated” is the same, so don’t compare boards just on price. Make sure you do your homework before buying any pressure treated wood:
Wood species: At The Deck Store, all of our wood is Southern Yellow Pine, a sustainable, dense variety known for its longevity.
Grade: Lumber grades indicate number of knots and imperfections in the wood and the straightness of the grain. The Deck Store only sells the higher grades of lumber, which means fewer knots, consistent boards, and longer life.
Grown in tropical forests, these exotic woods are stunning with unique colors and grain. Most are imported from Brazil and easily outperform domestic wood species in every category. Extremely dense, highly durable, low maintenance and naturally resistant to rot and insects. Hardwood decking offers a 30+ year lifespan, with regular maintenance.
- Ipe (pronounced EE-pay)
These species are treasured for their rich crimson color and natural beauty. In addition, their tannins and oils make them naturally resistant to rot, decay, and voracious insects. They’re stable and much more resistant to warping and splitting than PT lumber.
- Western Cedar
WOOD TREATMENT AND PROTECTION
Coastal environments are brutal on decks and docks. Sun, heat, rain, and salt can destroy wood in a matter of years, if left unprotected. The Deck Store has tested just about every wood treatment on the market, and we know what works in harsh waterfront conditions. For ipe and hardwoods, we recommend Penofin Hardwood Formula – an oil-based finish specially formulated to penetrate dense hardwoods while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. For pressure-treated decking, our go-to is Spa N Deck from Flood or Wood RX. This 100% acrylic finish formula allows you to clean, prep and finish your deck or dock all in one day. The end result is a durable finish that enhances the natural character of the wood. Stop into any The Deck Store location to pick up a gallon or two.
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