DuraLife™ Hardwoods™ Decking boards offer the beauty of finished hardwood. Available in four wood tones. DuraLife Hardwoods™ are eco-friendly and feature a unique variegated color and wood grain pattern for a natural appearance.
How to Build a Wood Deck. To the right of the can of bondo is a tube a cream hardener – stuff that is mixed with the bondo ( on the tip of a putty knife) to make the bondo dry more quickly. The bondo is then smeared onto the steel and worked into place so that it can level out any pits or bumps.
Life Deck AL (Acrylic Lath) is a metal lath reinforced deck system installed with a series of three separate cementitious applications. It is bonded together with a specially formulated acrylic emulsion sealed with Life Deck 10 Series or Heat Reflective 28 Series 100% acrylic top coat.
Comparison (Pros and Cons) of Various Deck Materials Pressure Treated Wood. Pressure treated wood is the most commonly used material and has the lowest up front cost, but the following pros and cons should be taken into account:
Traditional wood decks have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Because composite decking is weather, insect, and rot resistant, making it last for 25 to 30 years or longer. Think About Long-term Costs. Consumer Reports compared wood decking to alternative decking materials. They reported that pressure-treated pine is very popular and very inexpensive; but the wood tends to change color very quickly, and will rot, crack, and splinter over time.
Aluminum decking is the most expensive out of the deck material and will last the longest with a lifespan of 30+ years. Steel decking can have a lifespan of 60+ years when correctly installed by professional builder.
Ironwood is the hardwood of choice for deck construction and offers the best performance and life expectancy among natural products, but the pros are at least equaled by the cons: PRO - Best performing and longest lasting of any natural wood. PRO - Life expectancy is 40+ years when properly maintained.
“How to build a wood deck” is a question that I ask myself more times than you might think. Despite having drawn up a lot of them in my career, I still find new ways to build them. Maybe I just find them pleasant since they hint at certain lifestyle activities, or maybe it’s because there are so many different possible ways to actually ...
Structural Damage Usually Means Replacement. There usually are clear signs when a deck is at the end of its life span. The deck frame begins to sag as rot makes the wood susceptible to termites. Termites eat their way through the wood, creating channels that allow water to seep in and accelerate the rotting process.
Even with routinely applying a sealing agent or a wood preservative to an exposed wood deck, most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wood deck to be 10 to 15 years. That figure puts millions of wood decks in the U.S. on the other side of their useful life and may be possibly unsafe.
A recently published life-cycle assessment (LCA) comparing pressure-treated wood (PTW) to wood-plastic composites (WPCs) anchors the wood industry’s current agenda. Commissioned by the Treated Wood Council but performed by third-party firm AquAeTer in strict adherence to ISO standards, the LCA results may come as a surprise. While composite decking may be low-maintenance, it’s not necessarily low-impact.