Every piece of wood is as unique as your fingerprint. Grain patterns and color vary, adding texture and personality while blending with any architectural style. Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling your existing interior, or building a backyard oasis, wood is an investment that will add value to your home for years to come.
Pressure-treated wood is wood that has been treated with preservatives. This protects wood from insects and decay and is ideal for projects where wood is exposed to the elements or excessive moisture. Wood preservatives are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for their safe use. Learn more on pressure-treated wood here.
What are the differences between wood and composite decking?
Softwood decking is a real and renewable product that provides a natural beauty that cannot be duplicated. In contrast, composite decking is typically made from a combination of different synthetic materials that are processed to give the appearance of wood. Wood decks already look like wood, which is what all of the composite decking manufacturers try to emulate. Read all about the differences between wood and composite decking here.
Before you begin construction of a deck, the first step should always be to make sure you’re building to code. No matter what kind of deck you’re building, the top priority is to ensure a safe deck. A good place to start is the DCA-6 Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide from the American Wood Council, which is a great general resource and includes guidance on the International Residential Code (IRC). Learn more about proper deck construction here.