Choosing the right wood for your deck
Building a deck can be a daunting project. Along with the design and construction aspects, there are a host of issues to consider, especially as a wholesale flooring distributor. Recommending the right type of wood to your client can make all the difference between a successful and unsuccessful deck project.
Climate plays a huge role in determining the right type of wood to use. In dryer climates, clients can get away with using cheaper pine softwoods. Meanwhile, in wet climates, denser woods are a more ideal choice. Softwoods such as redwood and cedar have natural water repellent properties, as well as higher resistance to insects and natural decay. Durability issues come into play here as well, as decks face more wear and tear being outdoors.
Another concern to keep in mind is how easy the wood is to work with. Using woods that are difficult to saw and drill will only make your client's life more difficult. Naturally, most hardwood species are more problematic. Finally, being outdoors, environmental issues should be kept in mind. It will be harder for your clients to enjoy nature from their deck with total peace of mind knowing that the wood they are standing on has not met strict international logging and harvesting regulations.
Whether your client opts for a Himalayan Cedar from Mannington, or a Kerrigan Oak from Harding, it is important to be aware of these issues.