Outdoor Decking Overview
Enjoying a peaceful hour on your outdoor deck allowing you to reconnect with the beauty of nature may be the reprieve you are looking for. An outdoor deck is an extension of the living space in a home. Whether it is a place for solitude and relaxation or simply an area with more room for family and friends. Over the last decade, Kwaterski Bros Wood Products has noticed homeowners investing into smaller, more exquisite and lower maintenance decks. Reducing the amount of upkeep and further defining how the space will be used are a focus for most homeowners today. Through our testing, experience and knowledge we offer the architect, contractor and homeowner assessments of the best outdoor decking options.
Kwaterski Bros Wood Products purchases its rough wood planks directly from the best mills in the US and Canada. By maintaining direct relationships with the mills, we have better control on where the raw material will come from. Therefore, the quality of the fiber remains consistently high. Purchasing in truckload quantities results in lower costs. Our in-house, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility allows us to better control the process, offering you the very best quality products and value.
Wood has been the preferred material choice for outdoor decking over the past 70 plus years. Cedar, Redwood, Treated Pine, Douglas Fir and Cypress have been the most popular species used with varying degrees of success. Recently, more options have surfaced. Hardwoods, such as Ipe, Cumaru, Massaranduba, Meranti, Mahogany, Tigerwood, Cambara and thermally modified local hardwoods, are available along with composite decking. Our interest is in offering the best values in each category based upon our testing, real-world experience in manufacturing, and working with building professionals and homeowners for over 30 years. Shown below is our recent side-by-side cost of ownership comparisons of some of the outdoor decking materials based on our research, testing and experience.
|Decking option||Description||Dimensional stability||Maintenance||Initial cost|
|Designer Cedar||Light to Medium reddish brown color||Very stable||Powerwash or powerwash & stain||Knotty grade – Lowest
Select or Clear grade – High
|Designer Cumaru||Golden-reddish brown color||Stable||Powerwash & oil||Moderate|
|Duralife & Timbertech composites||Diverse palate of colors||Very stable||Powerwash||Moderate|
|Designer Ipe||Deep olive & reddish brown color||Very stable||Powerwash or powerwash & oil||High|
|Designer Petrified Ash||Dark brown color, beautiful grain||Highest stability rating||Powerwash & oil||Moderate|
|Designer Redwood||Medium to dark red color||Very stable||Powerwash or powerwash & stain||High|