How to Choose Decking And Fencing Timber

Choosing among different types of timber for fences and decks could be challenging, because of the many different choices available. One vital thing that will play a huge part in your decision is aesthetics. If you’re looking for a specific colour or textured look, your options are narrowed down a bit.

But aesthetics isn’t the only thing you should take into account. There are primary practical differences among various types of timber that could have major consequences for your home project. Keep in mind that specific qualities or types of wood are a lot more suitable than others.

Below are some important points to keep in mind:

Hardwood or Softwood

The terms “hardwoods” and “softwoods” are derived from whether trees (like Jarrah, Merbau, Mahogany, and Merbau) cover their seeds, or simply leave their seeds fall on the ground and uncovered, (like Cypress and Pine).

Balsa, one of the softest types of woods is actually a type of hardwood. But it’s one of the very few exceptions to the rule. Generally speaking, softwoods come from evergreens, and hardwoods from deciduous trees.

Hardwoods grow significantly slower and are denser compared to softwoods. This makes hardwoods generally harder, tougher, and more expensive. They’re also a lot more difficult to cut and work with, but will typically wear much longer. They are able to resist weathering a lot more and they don’t need much maintenance. There are around 100 times more types of hardwoods than there are softwoods. But because softwoods grow much faster and easier to work with, they’re used more commonly in construction than hardwoods.

New Timber or Seasoned Timber

The age of wood and whether it has been seasoned or not will play a great part in its longevity. Unseasoned or “green” timber will contain a huge deal of the timber’s original moisture content. As such moisture leaves the wood over time, the wood will twist, shrink, and warp, ruining your deck or fence.

So, it’s important that the wood you will go with is not simply seasoned, but seasoned the right way. Usually, seasoning is performed in a kiln with sawn wood. Timber that gets dried so fast will shrink on the surface and will compress the moisture-rich timber underneath, which can make the timber very unstable once pressure is released. The timber will also lose its moisture naturally and become seasoned if it is left out to air dry, making older timber a better option.

If you are looking for quality softwoods and hardwoods for installing a deck or a fence, simply contact the Team at Serano by clicking on the link provided.

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