Are you looking for the perfect deck and/or fencing? If so, have you considered the types of wood available? Each is different in more ways than one, with unique characteristics and traits that can influence their longevity and hardiness. We’ve done the work for you and come up with five of the best types of woods for decks and fences. Let’s take a look – maybe you’ll find the perfect material for use in your latest project!
Pressure-treated lumber is highly effective as a decking solution. Be sure to choose a high-quality wood that isn’t soft, and you’ll have a good long-term investment that is highly affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Pressure-treated or CA-C woods are widely available for low prices.
A little harder to find nowadays but more than worth the search, redwood remains one of the best types of wood for beautiful and durable fencing. It’s also ideal for expansive, eye-catching decking that has a gorgeous hue to it. The heartwood costs about 25 percent more than sapwood, so be sure to consider this when planning your next decking or fencing project. Redwood doesn’t require any preservatives, weathering to a natural and lovely deep tone.
Often used for fence boards, red cedar can easily be left untreated and still be a treat for the eyes (it will turn a silver/grey colour if unpreserved, but some people tend to like this look). It can also be painted if you want it to blend with the design of your property and landscaping. It will remain very hardy and reliable for many years, ensuring you get great value and longevity.
Hem-Fir is a combination of Western hemlock and Amabilis fir, as in, you might purchase wood that is comprised of one or the other (not a cross-breed of the two). Untreated hem-fir is one of the lowest-cost wooden decking solutions, yet it is incredibly durable and looks great when painted.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, exotic wood that offers a premium complement to your landscaping and property exterior, Ipe is the way to go. A gorgeous and sturdy lumber that keeps its rich appearance with very little regular maintenance, it’s strong enough to actually dull your tools. In short, this wood means business, and it looks utterly immaculate while doing so.
These are our picks for the best woods for decking and fences, but there are many more options out there as well! Take a look around and see which options are the most durable, cost-effective and of course, the most beautiful!