The Right Kind of Wood

Deck1-Leesburg-aerial-of-fire-pitTaking advantage of summer and getting outside to work on different projects can be a lot of fun. Just make sure you’re using the right kind of lumber to endure the elements. Brunsell Lumber & Millwork can help you achieve the right look and durability. Let’s review some of the best woods that will ensure you have a sturdy structure for years to come.

Untreated Wood

Western Red Cedar & Redwood: These are naturally decay resistant but can split when driving fasteners. They are a little harder to paint or stain because they bleed tannins. The tannins appear as stains around fasteners and can show through painted areas on occasion. If prepped the right way stains and clear finishes will take.

 Treated Wood

Southern Yellow Pine: A water based preservative is forced deep into the lumber. It’s commonly shipped this way which makes it a bit heavy. It can shrink, warp or crack but it won’t rot or become infested with insects.

Composites: These are made from resins, wood flour, and wood fiber. Some use recycled material, but are all rot proof. They won’t compress like wood, they don’t splinter, and offer good traction when wet. These will run a little more for price but are well worth it.

There are some other options for durable outdoor lumber and we can discuss what would work best. Let’s get planning your next outdoor project and make sure it will stand the test of time.