Trendy, noble and resistant, the wooden terrace is the new star of your balconies and gardens. If you have fallen in love with its natural appearance, many questions may arise before proceeding to the purchase and installation of your wooden deck. What type of wood, what type of garden decking installation?
The terrace can only see through the wood. In the movement for a healthier and more ecological habitat, wood has established itself as one of the most popular materials for terraces, to the point that other coatings such as tiling or reconstituted stone are starting to ‘imitate brilliantly but why such a success with wooden terraces? If the first big reason seems related to the warm and aesthetic appearance of wood a coating that adapts to all types of terraces and exteriors – the ease of laying the wooden terrace, the many possibilities of forms that it offers as well as its limited maintenance are all advantages which can convince to install a wooden terrace. But before taking the plunge, it is advisable to decide on two or three things.
Wooden terrace: what type of wood?
Choosing the right wood species for your terrace is the first decision to make. Your choice should be oriented according to three elements: the budget of your wooden terrace, its aesthetic appearance and its resistance need depending on the climate. For small budgets, leave aside exotic woods to focus on simple but resistant woods like Spruce and Pine reputed to be more economical. The color of your wooden deck can also be a characteristic to take into account when choosing your wood species.
There are as many colors available as there is wood, know more that you will be able to have several color renderings for the same species thanks to the maturation process. As for the resistance of the wooden terrace, consider choosing a suitable or treated species to adapt to the climate of your region. The autoclave treatments classified from 1 to 4 allow you to make your wooden deck boards rotproof and resistant to the vagaries of the weather.
Natural wood or composite wood
For lovers of wooden terraces who would like to put aside maintenance obligations, a good cleaning a year, and a touch of stain from time to time the composite wooden terrace is an option not to be dismissed Unlike a solid wooden terrace, the composite wooden terrace is made from mixed wood particles to a resin, a composition which allows it greater resistance over time, the blade will not get gray, unlike some types of wood and almost non-existent maintenance for an aspect very close to natural wood.
However, be careful when choosing your blades, the rendering of so-called “first generation” composite wood blades can be less fine than that of more recent generation blades. On the downside, composite wood has a high conductivity to heat, a small downside that may make you prefer natural wood for hot regions or around swimming pools. Finally, its budget for certain products can be high, close to exotic woods.
For the installation of your wooden terrace, once the type of wood chosen, you will have to choose either for slats or for slabs or grating. The planks of wood are long planks, similar to planks of parquet and which are posted on the joists of the terrace.