When it comes to decking, there are a lot of options to choose from. You can go with treated wood, cedar decking, redwood decking, or even composite decking. But what about the timber deck boards themselves – are all deck boards created equal? The answer is…no! Not all wooden deckboards are the same. In this blog post, we will take a look at the different types of deck boards and discuss which one is best for your project.
All wood deck boards are most definitely not the same, and choosing simply the cheapest option of timber decking boards from any timber decking supplier could turn out to mistake and false economy. Some of the factors that set different deck boards apart include the type and quality of the wood, the treatment of the wood, the quality of the machining, and the quality of the timber decking supplier.
Slow grown Scandinavian Redwood deckboards
We are an established and trusted Somerset timber decking supplier. All of our deckboards, for example are machined in house from a slow grown Scandinavian Redwood. Scandinavian Redwood is a popular choice for building timber, particularly for deckboards and other outdoor applications. The wood is naturally resistant to rot and decay, making it an ideal material for exposed areas. Scandinavian Redwood deckboards is also a sustainable choice, as it is sourced from FSC-certified forests. In addition, the wood is easy to work with and can be stained or painted to match your desired aesthetic. For these reasons, Scandinavian Redwood is an excellent choice for any timber project.
High pressure treated deckboards
Each of our Scandinavian Redwood decking boards has been high pressure treated through our audited ISO9001 treatment process to further protect them from decay and insect attack. High pressure treatment is a process that involves using high pressure to force chemicals deep into the wood. This treatment helps to increase the durability of the wood, making it less likely to warp, rot, or insect damage. High pressure treated wood is often used for decks, fences, and other outdoor structures. The benefits of high pressure treatment include increased durability, resistance to insect damage, and improved moisture resistance. High pressure treated deck boards are also less likely to warp or cup over time. As a result, high pressure treated timber is an ideal choice for high-quality decking boards.
Building and maintenance tips for timber decking
When building your deck frame using 45x145mm/45x195mm, make sure that the joist spacings are at 600mm maximum centres.
Use right angle corner brackets and joist hangers to make the job easier.
When fixing your timber deck boards, don’t leave a gap between each board as the timber will dry naturally and reduce slightly in width.
Fix the deck boards twice to each joist using 60mm deck screws. Always drill pilot holes to prevent the wood splitting.
If a balustrade is required, attach the balustrade posts to the main frame using M10x100mm Carriage Bolts. The spindles should be spaced to ensure the gap between does not exceed 100mm.
The gap between the bottom rail and the deck should also not exceed 100mm.
The advantages of timber decking
Timber decking has a number of advantages over other types of decking material. Timber decking can be be more durable than composite decking, and it is also more eco-friendly. Timber decking boards are made from sustainable timber sources, and they can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. Also, timber deck boards also have a natural beauty that is unmatched by synthetic materials. Timber decking is also generally easier to install than other types of decking, and it does not require regular maintenance. As a result, timber decking is a great choice for anyone who wants to create a beautiful, low-maintenance outdoor living space.