When the word ‘deck’ is mentioned, most people think of a traditional wood deck. And for good reason: wood is beautiful, versatile, and durable. It lends warm visual appeal to outdoor spaces… and it even feels good under bare feet! Ring’s End offers popular wood decking choices, including pressure-treated lumber, cedar, and Ipe (ironwood, a tropical hardwood). Our experienced salespeople can answer your questions about wood decking options and help you create a deck that looks great, expands your living space, and adds value to your home.
Types of Wood Decking
Deck boards form the surface of the deck. The most common dimensions are 16 feet long by six inches wide with a radius-edged 5/4 thickness.
Wood deck tiles can be a perfect solution for giving a tired wood deck a stylish, easy-to-install facelift. Ring’s End can special-order these versatile products.
Deck framing (joists, posts, beams) requires sturdy wood, often with ground contact or below grade levels of treatment for pressure-treated lumber.
Weather and the constant forces of nature are wood’s worst enemies. In the 1920’s Karl Wolman invented a way to infuse wood with chemicals to make the wood resistant to rot as well as insect and fungus damage. Wolman’s process forces preservatives into the wood under very high pressure, hence the name pressure-treated lumber. With routine maintenance, pressure-treated wood decking should last about fifteen years.
Cedar is a popular decking material here in the Northeast. It is easy to work with and weathers beautifully, and it provides a non-toxic wood for bare feet and hands. Ring's End stocks Premium Red Cedar Decking in four grades and in lengths up to 20 feet. Depending on grade, climate conditions, and maintenance, cedar decking should last for about twenty years.
Ipe Hardwood decking lumber, from Iron Woods Decking, is naturally resistant to wear, rot, splintering, termites, fire, marine borers, and virtually every other threat imaginable. Ring's End stocks this incrediblly dense and strong decking lumber in lengths ranging from 8 feet to 20 feet. Ipe railings are also available. Ipe decking should stay sturdy and beautiful for well over twenty-five years.
Features of Wood Decking
- Natural Beauty Wood decking is beautiful when it is first installed and can gain in beauty over time, as it acquires a lovely weathered patina. The huge choice of finishing options allows a great deal of customization to reflect a homeowner’s personal style.
- Finishes Deck finishes include clear sealers and pigmented stains. The purpose of deck finishes is to enhance the beauty of the wood and to protect the wood from mildew, water damage, and UV rays. With normal use and weather, finishes need to be reapplied every few years.
- Laying Patterns Most deck boards are laid in long straight or diagonal lines. For a unique look, consider patterns composed of shorter or varied board lengths such as basketweave, chevron, or herringbone.
- Fasteners Decks are assembled with wood screws, clips, and fasteners, many of which can be hidden in order to create an uninterrupted deck surface.
- Accessories To make your deck fit the way you live, you might include wood planters, benches, or trellises in your design.
How To Select Wood Decking For Your Home
Choosing wood decking involves balancing aesthetics with budget. In general, pressure-treated lumber is an affordable option; it can be stained and sealed to look good and to reduce maintenance concerns. Western red cedar may be preferable for the visible deck boards. A pretty, naturally durable wood that weathers into a lovely gray color, it is more costly than most pressure-treated lumber. Tropical hardwoods such as ipe (ironwood) are beautiful, extremely strong and durable, and relatively expensive. In all cases, look for woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which indicates that sustainable practices have been used to harvest the wood. Visiting Ring’s End decking displays can help you compare the appearance, qualities, and costs of wood decking.
If you’re choosing deck boards yourself:
- Look for pressure-treated boards stamped ‘select,’ which means a grade with few knots or blemishes.
- Sight down each board to avoid warped, twisted, or cupped boards; avoid wet boards.
- Consider using pressure-treated boards for structural elements and upgrading to cedar or tropical hardwood for the deck boards proper.
- When buying cedar boards, select boards cut from the heartwood.
- If you choose a tropical hardwood like ipe, remember that its density makes it hard to work (probably not a DIY project!) and that a dark colored wood may get quite hot in direct sun.
The Wood Decking We Stock
Pressure Treated: C & BETTER GRADE 5/4" DECKING
Our 5/4" x 6” decking is a better quality grade than either premium or No. 1. We urge you to compare our treated with that stocked by our competitors. It's a little more expensive... but well worth it!
Size 8ft. 10ft. 12ft. 14ft. 16ft. 5/4" x 6" X X X X X
Pressure Treated: PREMIUM GRADE 5/4" DECKING
No.1 Prime Grade
Size 8ft. 10ft. 12ft. 14ft. 16ft. 5/4" x 4" X X
Pressure Treated: ONE PRIME GRADE PREMIER
No. 1 Grade
Size 8ft. 10ft. 12ft. 14ft. 16ft. 18ft. 20ft. 2" x 4" X X X X X 2" x 6" X X X X X X
Pressure Treated: CULPEPER #ONE LUMBER
Excellent Dimensional Stability • "Cleaner" than other No. 1 Grades.
* Please note that 4" x 6" and 6" x 6" may contain #2 grade
Size 8ft. 10ft. 12ft. 14ft. 16ft. 18ft. 20ft. 2" x 8" X X X X X X 2" x 10" X X X X X X 2" x 12" X X X X 4" x 4" X X X X 4" x 6"* X X 6" x 6"* X X X X
SOLD BY LINEAR FT. IN RANDOM LENGTH TALLY
Size SKU 1" x 4" 14IPE 1" x 6" 16IPE 5/4" x 4" 544IPE 5/4" x 6" 546IPE 2" x 2" x 3' 223IPE 2" x 2" x 4' 224IPE 2" x 4" 24IPE 2" x 6" 26IPE 4" x 4" x 8' 448IPE 4" x 4" x 10' 4410IPE 1" x 8" 18IPE 1" x 4" T&G 14IPETG 5/4" x 6" Grooved Edge 546IPEG
Type Size SKU D & BTR Red Cedar (8’-20’ lengths) 5/4" x 6" 546RC STK Grade Red Cedar 5/4" x 6' 546STK C & BTR Red Cedar (6’-16’ lengths) 2" x 4" 24RC 2" x 6" 26RC A & BTR KD Cedar (6’-16’ lengths) 2" x 8' 28ARC 2" x 10' 210ARC 2" x 12' 212ARC 2" x 2" x 3' 223RC 2" x 2” x 4' 224RC 2" x 2" x 8' 228RC D & BTR Red Cedar 4" x 4" x 8' 448RC 4" x 4” x 10' 4410RC 4" x 4” x 12’ 4412RC 6" x 6" x 8' 668RC 6" x 6" x 10' 6610RC