The Best Types Of Wood For Your Deck

What Are The Best Types of Wood for Your Deck?

A deck is no doubt one of the most desired recreation features in a home. It allows for socialization in the open air, and if you are lucky, gives good views of the open country. If you are thinking of putting up a deck, it is highly likely that you are thinking of a wooden deck.   Wood is highly popular for decking because it is easy to install and very pleasing to the eye. But your choice of wood type determines the type of care that will be needed and the durability of the deck. What type of wood serves best for a deck?


This is a popular choice because of the vivid colour of the wood. When freshly installed, Redwood commands attention with its earthy reddish brown hues. This wood also ages well, turning gradually to a greyish hue over time.  Redwood does not need painting. A coat of clear varnish is however needed to seal the wood. This is important to prevent mould attacks which can discolour the wood. The wood should be sealed after every few years.


This wood, especially Red Cedar, is highly popular for wood decking. This is because cedar withstands the elements very well. It will withstand high heat and high humidity very well. This makes it suitable for places like Calgary where the temperature swing is wide.  It does not rot and resists mold very well. This means fewer maintenance needs. The durability of this wood translates to better value for money. When it is well kept, a cedar deck can last for 30 years and above.


Few types of wood are as beautiful as mahogany. The woven look of the grain and wide range of hues makes it suitable for making all-natural wooden decks requiring little else in decorations.  However, mahogany is susceptible to humidity damage and mould attacks. It requires regular sealing to keep the damp out and prevent mould growth. The medium to dark species of the wood has been seen to be more resistant to rotting. The Honduran Mahogany is especially popular because of its higher weather resistance.

Wooden decks are aesthetically appealing, giving your home a rustic country feel.  Some wooden species also release very pleasing natural faint aromas. This is one home improvement project you can never regret.

Do you need to install a wooden deck? Mountain View Sun Decks is a team of experienced home improvement professionals. We can install whatever wooden type you choose for a beautiful deck that will soon become your favourite spot. Contact us today for more information and ask us about our “don’t pay until the job is done” policy.

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