More Info on Hard & Softwood Decking
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Leisure time immediately brings to mind Decks that offer a space to soak in the sun and breeze. Decks are usually floored with timber for a holiday feel and to match a pool or beach area. A modern alternative to timber are available today, such as Vinyl boards and systems (UPVC) or composite deck boards, but wood remains by far the most popular. Moreover, composite deck boards require expert fitting, while timber can be easily fitted with a DIY job.
Once you’ve decided on a timber deck, the choice required is Hardwood or Softwood? First of all, hardwood and softwood are in no way soft or hard. Both are wood and can last up to 40 years if treated correctly. Hardwood and softwood just are timber from different species of trees and have different properties. If not maintained well, both will take on a dull grey colour after some years and even look the same.
Hardwood comes from trees such as Teak, Ipe, Yellow Balau and at rare times Massaranduba. These trees generally come from slow-growing rain forests, which are properly farmed due to environmental concerns. This kind of wood requires a higher expertise for fitting and different kinds of tools than softwood. Hardwood also needs additional work like screw-setting and pre-drilling, which is not needed in softwood.
Softwood comes from fast growing coniferous trees, generally from European farms. These are divided in to ‘redwood’ and ‘whitewood’ as per their colour. Trees for softwood are Pine, Spruce, Fir, Thuja and Cedar. Red Cedar, in particular, is an expensive softwood, as the wood releases a natural oil that combats decay.
When it comes to choosing between the two, important issues to consider are the area, maintenance and durability. If you are looking for a tough deck, in an open area that may be prone to weather, then a hardwood is best, but it will cast as far as maintenance goes. Softwood is better for an indoor area that will face rough weather and will also cost less.