Check out 72 wooden deck ideas with this huge series of photographs. Decks of all sizes, shapes, locations and designs.
Without fail, decks, patios and balconies conjure up a romantic notion of relaxation and serenity… and for good reason. There is no finer way to start the day than with a cup of coffee on a deck as the sun rises or ending the day with a cool beverage as the sun lowers.
But, there’s lots of work that goes into making a beautiful deck. It’s important to start by picking out wood for your deck that works for you; weather, bugs, molds & fungi, and other factors should be discussed before choosing the right wood for you.
Ipé (pronounced ee-pay) is an almost magical South American hardwood. Although the use of this wood is controversial as it comes from the rain forest, the USDA Forest Service Products Laboratory recommends Ipé because it’s virtually bug and weather resistant. The wood is so hard and solid that it is almost as hard to burn as concrete.
Western Red Cedar starts as a red-brown and ages to the silvery gray you often see on older decks. The wood is soft, so it splinters pretty easily. This kind of wood holds up well in rain, sun, heat, and cold. A penetrating deck stain works well with this type of wood.
Redwood is a very soft wood that ages to a gorgeous gray. If exposed to an overabundance of rain, this wood will turn a blackish color. This kind of wood is ideal and will not rot.
Mahogany is a tight-grained tropical hardwood that won’t rot and won’t attract pests. This is another wood that turns silvery in it’s old age. Whichever type mahogany you select, make sure it has the “FSC” trademark to assure that rainforests have not been harvested irresponsibly.
Modern alternatives for outdoor decking include plastic polymer and wood-polymer composites. Synthetic materials won’t attract bugs and will not rot, but even the most realistic imitation will always be just that – an imitation.
Before we get to the eye candy, I just want to point out that there are subtle differences betweendecks and patios.Decks are typically not built directly on the earth and are generally built of wood. While the line between a deck and patio is sometimes blurred, we do our best to provide pictures of what are technically wooden decks.
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