Pine decks will not last as long as hardwood decking, but the softwood has so many advantages. Over the past few years, the number of homeowners requesting for pine decks has increased. Our decking contractors can help create the most appealing pine decking to increase the value of your home significantly. Pine is used to frame houses and retain walls, and now it is a decking material of choice for a number of homeowners.
If you love pine decks, call Lubbock Decks, and we will get your deck started.
What is Pressure-Treated Lumber?
Unlike hardwood and composite materials, pine is not naturally resistant to pests and fire. As such, it needs to be treated with pressure and preservatives to make it last longer.
Pine is plentiful. The trees grow fast, and they can grow in any climate. These trees do not need as much care as hardwood trees. As such, treated pine is more sustainable than hardwood.
Not all treated pine boards are equal. These boards come with a rating where some can come in contact with the ground, but others can only be used above the ground. Check the grades of treated pine from the manufacturer and pick one that meets your needs.
One of the most common treated pine options is the Southern Yellow Pine. This wood option has a yellow color that looks attractive for all decks.
How Is Pine Treated?
Pine undergoes pressure treatment with some waterborne preservatives. These preservatives ensure the wood is never infected. Previously, manufacturers used chromated copper arsenate to treat pine, but there were concerns on the safety of arsenic.
Arsenic is a pollutant that pollutes ground water and can be very harmful. Today, companies use Micronized copper quarternary, which is a safe alternative to arsenic. Your deck will be safe without arsenic, and we can help install it for you.
Why Use Pine for Your Deck?
The main reason homeowners love pine is because it is more affordable compared to hardwood. The treated pine will perform well for 15 years or more, depending on how well you take care of it. Treated pine costs much less compared to Ipe and the difference in durability is not huge.
Once the pine undergoes treatment, it doesn’t need to be treated. Without treatment, fungi and insects attack pine, and this makes it less durable. Further, the wood might absorb water and rot. After treatment, the wood is free from fungal infection and rotting.
Pine is more eco-friendly than hardwood. The wood does not pollute the environment after its functional life as it will decompose. If you decide to burn the wood, it gives out less carbon dioxide than hardwood.
Lastly, treated pine is so strong, at least four times stronger than plastic. Again, it doesn’t absorb the heat from the sun and will stay cool during summer.
Call Us Today
If you need a pine deck, call our Lubbock deck builders and have the deck installed. We will work with you throughout the project to realize the results you dreamt of.