How to Choose Decking And Fencing Timber

The choice among different types of wood for fencing or decking could be tough, because of the many different choices available. One vital thing that will play a huge part in your decision is aesthetic value. If you’re looking for a certain texture or colour, your choices narrowed down a little bit.

But aesthetics isn’t the only factor you should take into account. There are practical differences among various types of woods that can have serious consequences for your home improvement project. Keep in mind that certain timber qualities and types are a lot more suitable than others.

Written below are some important things to consider:

Hardwood or Softwood

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

Balsa, which is one of the softest kinds of wood is actually a hardwood. But it’s one of the very few exceptions to the rule. Softwoods, in general come from evergreens, while hardwoods from deciduous trees.

Hardwoods grow significantly slower and are denser compared to softwoods. This makes hardwoods generally more costly, tougher, and harder. Hardwoods are also more difficult to cut and work with, but will wear a lot longer. They’re able to endure weathering much more and they require less maintenance. There are around 100 times more kinds of hardwoods than there are softwoods. But because softwoods are a lot easier to work with and grow faster, they are used more commonly in construction than hardwoods.

New Wood or Seasoned

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

With this said, it’s important that the timber you’ll go with is not simply seasoned, but seasoned properly. Often, seasoning is done in a kiln with sawn wood. Wood that gets dried so rapidly will shrink on the surface and will compress the moisture-rich timber underneath, which will make the wood very weak once pressure is released. Wood will also lose its moisture naturally and become seasoned if it is left out to air dry, making older timber a better option.

If you’d like to get good quality hardwoods or softwoods for your decking or fencing project, simply contact the Team at Serano by clicking on the provided link.

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This post was written by TKB-Editor on January 19, 2015

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