The deck or the patio, for many homeowners, is the best part of the house. A deck is a perfect place for the BBQ with some beers while the patio is the best spot for those lovely afternoon teas. The deck can even be used as a part of landscape gardening.
However, when poorly constructed, nothing can give you more trouble than a deck. When not built properly, a deck can be uneven; the planks may not be placed straight, resulting in cracks, leaky roofs, insect attacks or cracks in the timber used. Wooden decks also need to be oiled yearly to make them last longer.
All of these issues are not only difficult to fix but are also rather expensive. Treated Pine, therefore, is one of the best choices while building or renovating your deck or patio. Treated pine decks are easier to construct because they can be nailed together using a nail-gun, making the whole process fast and effective. The planks are steady and even, so placing them side by side ensures a good, stable structure.
Treated pine is the safe option for pets and kids as it is treated with ACQ, or LOSP does not contain any arsenic, unlike many other treatment products. When building a deck, do remember to ask for non-arsenic versions. On that note, inhaling sawdust while working, with any treated wood is harmful.
Treated pine is also preferred by most people because of the consistency in the design. Almost all parts of the patio or deck can be found in treated pine, from bolt to support posts, even the railings, thus bringing a sense of uniformity in the design.
It does not need a lot of time to construct. It can be just nailed, dried and then oiled. That is all. You can choose to stain it or go for a good coat of paint of your choice. Treated pine has developed the reputation of being highly durable as a patio or decking material. A one-time expense of a good well-arranged deck will save years of hassles and frustrations.
Compared to Merbau or another hardwood decking, treated pine is safer, cost-effective option. Merbau can release a lot of tannins for months after installation, staining everything underneath it. So one needs to be rather careful with liquid substances around it. The best part of using treated pine decking is the fact that they are low maintenance. Easy to clean, safer around pets and kids, easily affordable and lasts long.
They are also rather durable under rain and the sun; resistant to rot and termite attacks. Of course, many can claim, that choosing hardwood is better. However, it should be kept in mind that for the price of installing pine, its services are commendable. Every kind patio or deck needs regular care. Even hardwood fixtures and deck will rot if they are not taken care of properly. Pine, on the other hand, lasts long and is immensely cost-effective. So while thinking about a new deck, do give treated pine decking a good thought before spending excessively on costlier versions.
Lloyd Cabban is CEO of Deckright Carpenty, a Gold Coast, QLD decks, patios and pergolas specialist. Lloyd is equally comfortable with treated pine of merbau.