There are probably plenty of things on your mind if you’re planning to add a deck to your home, but few will be more important than the type of material you choose. Natural timber is an easy choice, and yet selecting the right type of timber can be tough. Here are just four benefits that come with treated pine.
- Low Cost
Pine trees grow abundantly and quickly, so pine is one of the most cost-effective species of timber currently available. It’s also very easy to work, so contractors should be able to put together your decking very quickly without increasing the cost of labour – if you’re sticking to a strict budget, treated pine is the way to go.
- Low Maintenance
Pine used to be a poor choice for decking since it would be easily affected by fungal infections and insects. It would also absorb moisture very easily, leading to swelling after only a year or two of use. However, treated pine is quite different. Through the use of special agents and preservatives, a treated pine deck eliminates the chance of fungal infections and lasts for years without showing signs of wear.
- Cool to the Touch
Treated pine is surprisingly strong for a softwood, and it’s also known for remaining remarkably cool to the touch. Even when exposed to direct sunlight during the height of summer for hours at a time, it absorbs very little heat. When you stand on it, you don’t have to worry about feeling your feet start to sizzle.
Since pine grows so quickly, it is considered a very eco-friendly material. Some homeowners worry that the treatment process will make it difficult to recycle, but this shouldn’t be an issue. There’s a large demand for reclaimed treated pine, so you shouldn’t worry about your deck being sent to landfill once it needs to be replaced.