Wood Decking: Outdoor Relaxation & Home Investment
Summer weather is official here on Florida’s First Coast and with it comes the joys of outdoor living. One of the most used aspects of outdoor living, aside from your grill, is the deck it sits upon. Decks are the ideal combination of indoor amenities meeting the great outdoors.
As one of the top remodeling projects of 2014, decks are in high demand across the country. With a recouped cost of 87.4 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, a residential wood deck is the second highest ROI midrange project only behind an entry door replacement. So if you are thinking about adding a deck to your property, go ahead, it will not only increase your livable space but add value to your home investment.
While there are many different material options for a deck like PVC decking and composite, pressure treated wood maintains a popular share of the decking market due to it being inexpensive, easy to work with, and found at any lumber yard. Not to mention that today’s pressure-treated lumber comes with advancements that weren’t available to homeowners just a few years ago.
For example, with more homeowners seeking eco-friendly building materials, wood suppliers are exploring environmentally preferred treatment methods. For example, ProWood’s micronized copper azole (MCA) treated lumber decking is eco-friendly, cost effective and easy to install.
MCA is a method for treating the wood (typically pine) using an EPA-registered waterborne wood preservative system to protect against termite attack and rot. MCA-treated lumber provides a light, natural look, unlike other pressurized wood treatments that result in the greenish hue with which most people are familiar.
You can leave MCA treated lumber in its natural state for a more organic appearance in your outdoor spaces, or you can choose ProWood Dura Color decking that is color-infused with pigment driven deep into the wood fibers. This process creates beautiful treated wood grain that will stand up to the elements for many years, with no need for staining.
“People like the natural look of redwood and cedar, but they don’t want the drawbacks that come with them, such as the high price and the fact that they quickly fade to gray,” says Chris Fox, product manager at Universal Forest Products, a leading supplier of lumber and decking materials.”ProWood Dura Color lumber not only looks like natural cedar or redwood, but the color lasts much longer and is backed by a two-year color assurance warranty”
When researching treated wood materials for outdoor home improvement projects, such as a deck addition, Fox suggests discussing the project with the local lumber dealer and to be sure to understand and check the end tag for:
1. The description of use (above ground or ground contact)
2. Warranty statement
3. The quality standards it meets
4. Third-party quality inspection (which assures product has passed retention and penetration tests).