Top 6 Decking Materials to Design Your Deck
To All Our Valued Customers, Over the past few years, the Covid 19 Pandemic has forced us to adapt and change the way we do things on a day-to-day basis. Florida Lumber is no exception. To make sure that we remain strong and competitive in the market for the years to come, Florida Lumber has had to adjust and change our vision for the future. In the last 2 years, we have stopped selling Sheetrock and drywall products, roofing felt and roofing materials, and have even closed on Saturdays.
Over the last few months, we have been transitioning our way out of the door supply business so on August 31, 2022, our door shop will stop assembling doors. We will continue liquidating our doors from inventory until we are out of material.
Some customers have asked if we are closing or even moving locations. To set the story straight, we are not closing or selling the business and we are not moving. These changes are all part of our new vision and path to continue serving South Florida and increasing our footprint in the construction supply industry.
Our focus is going to be on Lumber, Construction Materials, Rebar Fabrication and Rebar Accessories. As we have liquidated some of the items that we don’t sell anymore we have created more space to buy a larger volume of our core items and pass on the savings to our customers.
In the next year you will start seeing changes that will help improve our ability to serve you, our customers. We appreciate your business and your patience as Florida Lumber’s new vision becomes reality.
A Todos Nuestros Valiosos Clientes En los ultimos anos, la pandemia de el Virus (Covid 19) nos ha forzado a adaptarnos y cambiar la forma de hacer cosas en el dia a dia. Florida Lumber no ha sido una excepcion.
Para asegurarnos de mantenernos fuertes y competitivos en el mercado en los anos venideros, Florida Lumber ha tenido que ajustar y cambiar nuestra vision para el futuro. En los dos ultimos anos hemos dejado de vender los productos de yeso (sheetrock), paneles de yeso (drywall), tela asfaltica (roofing felt), materiales de techo y cerramos los Sabados. En los ultimos meses, hemos estado en transicion para salir del negocio de suministro de puertas, en Agosto 31, del 2022 nuestra tienda de puertas dejara de construir y/o cortar puertas. Vamos a continuar liquidando nuestro inventario de puertas haste que terminemos todo el material. Algunos de nuestros clientes han preguntado si estamos cerrando o si nos estamos moviendo a otra localidad. La verdad es que no estamos cerrando, no estamos vendiendo y no estamos cambiando de localidad. Estos cambios son todos parte de nuestra nueva vision y camino a continuar sirviendo al estado sur de la Florida y incrementar nuestras huellas en la industria de suministros de construccion.
paneles de yeso (drywall), tela asfaltica (roofing felt), materiales de techo y cerramos los Sabados.
En los ultimos meses, hemos estado en transicion para salir del negocio de suministro de puertas, en Agosto 31, del 2022 nuestra tienda de puertas dejara de construir y/o cortar puertas.
Vamos a continuar liquidando nuestro inventario de puertas haste que terminemos todo el material. Algunos de nuestros clientes han preguntado si estamos cerrando o si nos estamos moviendo a otra localidad.
La verdad es que no estamos cerrando, no estamos vendiendo y no estamos cambiando de localidad. Estos cambios son todos parte de nuestra nueva vision y camino a continuar sirviendo al estado sur de la Florida y incrementar nuestras huellas en la industria de suministros de construcción.
A Deck is the place where you can rejuvenate, recreate or even reflect on life. It may be an extended part of the balcony or may surround a swimming pool. You may use a deck for a pool party or get-together. It is an excellent place to have a barbecue. Hence, it is important to carefully select the decking material before building or renovating it.
When selecting the decking materials, it is important to consider its durability along with the looks of the selected material, as a deck remains exposed to the heat, rain, dirt and other elements.
It is equally important to consider the cleaning process of a particular decking material (whether it can be easily cleaned or is going to require professional cleaning).
Best 6 Decking Materials with Costs
1. Pressure-Treated Wood
The pressure-treated wood remains the best choice for decking despite the introduction of numerous other materials over the years.
A high pressure is used in order to insert a solution of water and preservative agents (ACQ/CA/MCA) into the lumber. The longevity of a wooden plank extends after undergoing this process.
It can slow down the speed of degradation caused by moisture and the treated wood can resist the attacks of fungus, termites or other elements.
Due to having this utilitarian feature, the pressure-treated wood is still the first choice of many for decking. One square-foot of pressure-treated wood may cost $1.50 to $2.50.
Cedar - this softwood may be the best choice for decking due to having a rich color tone and due to requiring less maintenance.
This durable softwood is naturally resistant to decay, rot or insect attacks. It can also resist the absorption of moisture. Hence, cedar planks tend to last for years (15-20 years or longer).
This softwood may be stained/sanded/treated for a beautiful finish. This softwood is also an environment-friendly option in comparison to any synthetic material. One square foot of Cedar decking may cost $3.75-$5.
Redwood is another environment-friendly option for decking. The redwood has an equally rich tone and requires no artificial ingredients in order to remain durable.
A plank of redwood can hold its shape for years due to having unique wood grain. It is less prone to cupping or warping. This softwood can naturally resist decaying or termite attacks.
The thick bark of Coast or Giant redwoods contains tannin. Hence, the softwood from these species of redwood is fire resistant. One square foot of Redwood decking may cost $6-$8.
Composite decking materials are made using polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride. You may find these decking materials in a wide variety of colors enabling you to customize the looks of the deck.
The composite decking boards are made from recycled plastic and wood fibers. These materials can resist rotting and insect attack. The composite decking materials do not splinter or warp. The composite decking boards look like real wood due to advancement in manufacturing process. These boards need little maintenance.
One square foot of the composite decking material may cost $7-$10.
5. Tropical Hardwoods
Tropical Hardwoods may even use the wood from exotic plants (Cumaru, Massaranduba, Red Tauari, Ipe, Tigerwood or Mahogany) for decking if you want to add a touch of elegance to the deck.
The tropical hardwoods are known for their longevity and different varieties of hardwoods may last for 20-50 years. Tropical hardwood decks shine with a luxurious glow after being oiled that is unmatched by any other decking material.
The hardwood decking material is low maintenance when properly weathered. One square foot of this decking material may cost $8-$12.
Prefinished aluminum planks are also being used for decking. Aluminum is resistant to damages caused by oxidation. No insect will attack aluminum and the aluminum alloy does not splinter, crack, warp or rot. It does not catch fire, stays in shape in extremes of temperature and last for years.
Hence, aluminum may be an excellent decking material if you prefer contemporary looks. The aluminum planks may even be colored using slip-resistant coating. One square foot of aluminum decking material may cost $6-$8.
You may find the right material for the deck after reading about the aforementioned decking materials. Each decking material has unique set of qualities and comes with unique price tags. Contact Florida Lumber to know more about decking materials.