Wood is a classic and timeless choice for decks. Decks built out of pressure-treated wood not only exude elegance, but also last a long time. Although a pressure-treated wood deck can be a great option in some instances, it’s not always the best option. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of pressure-treated wood and to determine if it’s the right choice for your deck.
Pressure-treated wood is significantly cheaper than cedar, redwood, and composite material. You can expect to pay anywhere between $15 to $20 per square foot for installation, substructure, and decking. Additionally, since pressure-treated wood is durable, you’re less likely to need costly repairs in the future.
In essence, pressure-treated wood is a blank canvas. It’s easy to work with and can be stained or painted any color you prefer. This makes pressure-treated wood a good option for homeowners who want to match their deck to the color of an existing feature of your house.
Rot-Resistant and Insect-Repellant
Wood normally attracts bugs and insects. But pressure treated wood is treated with a chemical that repels insects. Not only does this treatment make the wood repel insects, but it also makes it rot-resistant. This makes it a great choice for decks.
Most lumber manufacturers offer a long-term warranty. This warranty generally covers fungal decay and termite infestation. Most consumers don’t know this, so ask your Maryland deck builder about the details of your warranty.
Although the chemicals used to treat the wood are beneficial for making it durable and rot-resistant, they can be harmful to humans and other living organisms. If the wood is burned, trimmed, or cut, it can release harmful toxins into the air. Pressure-treated wood is not a good material choice for decks that are close to gardens or come in frequent contact with food and water.
Although wooden decks look great, it requires a lot of maintenance to keep them looking that way. If you want your pressure-treated wooden deck to remain beautiful and intact for decades, you’ll need to apply a water sealant every year, stain the deck every two years, and pressure wash it twice a year.
Splinters and Checking
Over time, your wooden deck can start to splinter. Additionally, your wooden deck may also experience checking, which is a process where wood begins to dry out and split apart due to a constant cycle of wetting and drying. But, applying a water sealant will decrease the effects of this natural process.
Here to Help
The decking experts at North American Deck and Patio are here to help. No matter if you have additional questions about pressure-treated wood or want to use a completely different material for your deck, we’ll make sure you know everything you need to know. Give us a call today at 866-535-1961 to learn more about your options.