Orange Contracting not only works on inside renovations but also on your outdoor renovations. However, you should know your options before you select a deck design and plan. Our goal is to educate you thoroughly on the options so that you can make an informed decision. Most people select wood for their decks, but there is still a variety among wood types.

Pressure-treated wood is less likely to rot or be eaten by termites. It has been treated to last longer. However, this means that it also has a slight greenish coloring. You can paint over this, but that is an extra cost to consider when you are selecting a wood type. Secondly, make sure that the wood you buy for your projected has a high grade and is meant to be used outdoors. If you choose wood that is meant to be used indoors, then you will find the wood disintegrating quickly.

Here are some wood examples and their benefits.

Cedar- Cedar holds up well under the weather elements. It will start out a reddish color and will turn silvery after years of use. Unfortunately, cedar splinters easily and can be an expensive option. However, this wood can also last three decades if you care for it properly.

Ipe- Ipe (ee-pay) is another option Ipe is one of the best options you can choose; however, it is imported, meaning that it is more expensive. Ipe stands against decay and bugs and even fire. It will burn but not as easily as some other types of wood. Because Ipe is harvested from rainforests, you should by this wood from a responsible harvesting business. Ipe can last two decades.

Redwood- Redwood is the other most popular selection for decks. You will want the clear heart grade for this wood as it works well against decay. However, this wood will weather and change colors quickly. You should use a sealer if you want this wood to remain polished for longer.

Now that you know the types of wood most commonly used in building decks, you are ready for Orange Contracting to come and help you decide on the dimensions you need to provide the space you want.