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How to Choose Timber for Fencing and Decking

Choosing among different types of wood for a deck or a fence can be tough, because of the many different options available. One thing that will play a big part in your decision is aesthetics. If you’re looking for a certain texture or colour, your options will be narrowed down a little.

But aesthetics isn’t the only factor to consider. There are a number of practical differences among various kinds of timber that could have major consequences for your home improvement project. Certain types and qualities of wood are a lot of suitable than others.

Below are some important things to keep in mind:

Hardwood or Softwood

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

Balsa, which is one of the softest kinds of wood is actually a kind of hardwood. It’s one of the very few exceptions to the rule. Generally speaking, softwoods come from evergreens, and hardwoods from deciduous trees.

Hardwoods grow slowly and denser compared to softwoods. Because of this, they are generally more costly, tougher, and harder. Also, they are more difficult to cut and work with, but will wear much longer. They’re able to endure weathering a lot more and they don’t need much maintenance. There are around 100 times more hardwoods species than there are softwoods. But simply because softwoods grow faster and easier to work with, they are used more often in construction than hardwoods.

New Wood or Seasoned Wood

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

So, it is important that the timber you’ll go with is not simply seasoned, but seasoned properly. Often, seasoning is performed in a kiln with sawn wood. Timber that gets dried rapidly will shrink on the surface and will compress the moisture-rich timber underneath, which can make the timber very unreliable once pressure is released. Also, the timber will lose its moisture naturally and become seasoned if it is left out to air dry, making older wood a better option.

If you’d like to get quality softwoods and hardwoods for constructing a deck or a fence, simply contact the team at Serano by clicking on the provided link.

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