Perfect View Decks builds and finishes with any materials
currently available in the market. The Frame is usually always Pressure
Treated Lumber because of it's price and durability. However the options
for decking, railing, benches etc. are endless. Perfect View Decks never
pushes a particular material like some companies and encourages the
customer to educate themselves. The important things are personal taste,
size, utilization and of course budget. Like everything in life there are
advantages and disadvantages to each material. What's most important is a
good design and a solid foundation
Lumber (Pine, spruce, fir)
Pressure treated decking is readily
available and some say it is now safer than ever.
Alkaline copper quanternary(ACQ) and copper azole have become the two most widely used wood
treatments since copper arsentate(CCA) was phased out. It's these
treatments that give the wood it's longevity in outdoor applications. ACQ and CA
have shown good results against moisture, mold and insect damage over the last
With the right design, a good
builder (sorts through lumber) and some nice deckscaping a pressure treated decking
can be great value for money. A pressure treated deck can either be sealed
with water repellents or stained with an oil based semi-transparent. To preserve
the look of that finish will require periodic maintenance.
Western Red is the most
widely distributed species of cedar in this region. Cedar is a popular choice for
outdoor structures because it has strong dimensional stability with little
tendency to shrink or twist. Cedar also contains natural compounds that resist
However, it's Cedars warmth and
beauty that attracts builders and homeowners to use it for their decks. A nicely stained cedar
deck is timeless and elegant, providing a natural feel in backyard
landscapes. Of course keeping that beauty can sometimes be challenging and
definitely requires maintenance.
Ipé is an extremely dense and strong
wood that comes from a related group of South American hardwoods.
is highly resistant to rot and insect damage which makes it a very durable and long lasting decking surface.
milled, Ipé has a beautiful red to brown colour.
Ipé is comparable in cost to
synthetic decking and is very time consuming to install relative to other
decking options. Having a knowledgeable contractor is definitely a must. Ipé also has to be
oiled annually in order to maintain it's original colour, however this usually
requires no sanding!! Perfect View Decks highly recommends
researching this alternative and feels it is a great option for our Canadian