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Treated Wood (PT) Deck Builder

Wooden Decks Halifax

A deck made from pressure treated wood is an inexpensive way to make your home better, bigger, and cozy. Pressure treated material is a solid and affordable choice for Halifax customers looking to build a deck or fence for their backyard. Our goal to give you the best possible deck of your dream.

Pressure Treated Wood Deck is an Affordable Solution Without Quality Compromise

For several decades, pressure treated wood (PT) has been the most popular material for the construction of decks in Halifax

Pressure-treated (PT) wood is the most common material for building a deck. Zebra Deck builder has extensive experience with pine. 80% of the decks we built are made of wood. Why is this material so popular? The answer is simple – it is a combination of price and quality of pine. Being the cheapest material for building a deck, it can easily stand for 30 – 40 years. Zebra Deck has extensive experience with PT wood. We know the properties of treated wood very well, and we gain this knowledge in the construction of decks. Considering the versatility and low cost of pine, the zebra deck offers a wide assortment of deck designs as well as additions such as benches, boxes, arbour, screens. We can build a dream deck for any even the most demanding taste, as well as any budget.

PROPERTIES OF PT WOOD


APPEARANCE

PT wood used to be manufactured in a light green shade that, being exposed to the sunlight, eventually acquired a light yellow colour. In the last few years, most manufacturers have switched to a new wood treatment technology and changed the colour to a light brown. With time, the brown becomes lighter and then acquires a gray colour.

CHEMISTRY

For more than 65 years, chromate copper arsenate (CCA), carcinogenic when in high concentrations, was used in the production of PT wood. Today, less toxic substances are used in the production of PT wood: alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), copper azole, or carbon-based, nonmetallic preservatives. However, this material is not recommended for burning or to use for a BBQ.

DECK HARDWARE

In the construction of pressure treated decks, we only use dip-galvanized nails, brackets, bolts, screws, and other hardware. To attach the boards to the frame, we only use dip-galvanized nails (coated with zinc) or, as a higher-priced option, green powder coated screws.

Cost

The most attractive aspect of PT wood is its cost. This material is the most affordable of all alternatives in the deck construction market. If your project is a very large deck, then it’s likely you will choose pressure treated wood, because the difference in price with composite or cedar will be very noticeable.

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Pros and cos of Treated wood


The main positive feature of PT wood is its durability. A deck built from PT wood is able to withstand more wear and tear than other materials. PT boards are much more resistant to scratches and dents than cedar or composite. A deck built from PT wood is very long-lasting. With proper maintenance, it will last for 30-40 years without a problem.

Another advantage of pressure-treated wood is its resistance to insect damage. The chemicals used in its processing make PT wood absolutely inedible for insects. As PT wood is rot-resistant, posts made of this material have a durability class that allows their use below-ground.

By the way, regardless of the deck material, the frame is usually made of pressure-treated wood.

The main drawback of PT wood is it’s not environmentally friendly. It can be an irritant for some people, so you should take the necessary precautions when handling it.

Due to the fact that PT wood is made of pine, and green timber is full of water (this is part of the technological process), it is prone to warping, splitting, cracking, and splintering.

Experience

The secrets of popularity pressure treated decks

The absolute majority of the decks we install are pressure treated wood decks. Why are treated wood decks so popular? The answer is simple: because it is natural wood and it is inexpensive wood. Also, with proper care, this is a very durable wood. Before building a new deck, we usually demolish the old one. Most old decks are between 20 and 40 years old. It depends on local humidity, the design features of the deck and the hardware used.

 We have gained vast experience working with treated wood. We know how to build a house that will not rot and collapse. We use many advanced techniques when we build a deck that provides good drainage of water and does not retain dirt. The right choice of deck hardware is also very important. Most of the boards that have decorative significance such as railings, we usually choose by hand. A defective board will never be used.

The Beauty and Strength of Treated Wood

Do not be confused by the fact that the new boards do not look very good. They have green spots, uneven coloring and tone differences between the boards. After a couple of weeks of sun exposure, the tone of the wood evens out and acquires a uniform yellowish color without visible defects. Using wood stain, you can give your deck any appearance you like and protect it from the negative effects of rain and sun.

A treated wood deck is much stronger than cedar or composite deck. Scratching or breaking a treated wood is very difficult especially if the tree is protected by a stain. Compared with the composite, it better tolerates temperature changes, it does not dry out in the sun and does not fade. The boards hold the bolts and other fittings tightly. You do not have to spend extra money on expensive hardware that is necessary for the composite.

Comfort and Affordability

This is a common property for decks built from any kind of wood. In addition to aesthetic beauty, the wood gives a feeling of warmth and coziness. In cold weather, the tree does not freeze, and in hot weather, it does not heat up. For example, the composite heats up in the summer so that it is impossible to touch. In rainy weather, wood absorbs water and it is not slippery.

Well, the most important thing is the affordability of this material. Pressure-treated wood is two times cheaper than cedar and 3-4 times cheaper than composite. Labor for treated wood decks also costs less. Composite requires expensive wood hardware. Cedar also requires special screws. The cost of repair and service also is much lower for treated wood. For example, stain for pine is about two times cheaper than paint for hardwood.

Design Flexibility

Treated wood is a very convenient material for complex projects. If you want to build addons like benches, planter boxes, a pergola or whatever kind of overheads for the deck, then it is much easier to make it from treated wood because of the wide range of board sizes available and their workability. If you want, for example, a modern design deck with horizontal railings, making it from wood will be much easier.

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