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On a gorgeous day, there is nothing as relaxing as kicking back on a classic wood deck and enjoying the outdoors. Wood can be an absolutely beautiful choice for a deck.

But make sure you pick the right wood and the right company to build it, otherwise your dream deck can often turn out to be mediocre looking and built to minimum standards.

Choosing Wood For Your Deck

Unfortunately, a typical small deck contractor has very little expertise in the wide variety of wood deck materials available. For most of them, the extent of their expertise begins and ends with the selection at the local home improvement store.

Custom Decks is expert on every kind of wood deck. We’ll tell you which require more maintenance, we’ll let you know which woods are more durable, and we’ll help you find the wood that best matches your taste, budget, and style.

Wood Choices Fall Into Two Basic Categories: Hardwood and Softwood

Hardwood decking materials come from slower growing trees, and softwood from faster growing trees. A good general rule of thumb is that hardwood costs more but lasts longer.

Softwoods require a lot more maintenance. You would typically only need to re-stain a hardwood every 2-4 years, while a softwood will need re-stained once a year.

Popular Hardwood Choices
  • Ipe
  • Tigerwood
  • Batu
  • Cumaru
  • Mahogany

Ipe is a Brazilian redwood and is truly an amazing wood for decks. Although it costs more, it is not unusual for it to last 50 to 75 years and it’s very attractive. If you’re considering getting a wood deck, you should at least take a look at Ipe.

Popular Softwood Choices
  • Redwood
  • Cedar
  • Pine

Pine is an economical choice – it’s not always a bad choice. But be careful not to get stuck with the cheapest stuff. Many contractors cut expenses by using low-quality choices.

Want to know more? We’ll come to your home for a free consultation and walk you through the pros and cons of different wood choices.