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Looking for a quality designed and constructed wooden deck?

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.With all the interest in low-maintenance decking materials, the beloved wooden deck we all know and love sometimes falls by the wayside. Archadeck of Central SC knows just how many Columbia area homeowners still want wood when it comes to building a deck. We are not downplaying the benefits or popularity of using low-maintenance composites by any means. We specialize in designing and building decks of various materials, including synthetics, in all shapes and sizes. However, when it comes to wooden decks, it is important to know that not all wooden deck builders and wood decking boards are created equal!

Custom pergola addition by Archadeck of Central SC

The widespread popularity of pressure-treated lumber isn’t surprising; it’s affordable, readily available coast-to-coast, strong and easy to cut and fasten with screws. Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine. A pressure-treated deck will require routine maintenance to prolong the life and look of the deck. PT wood is graded according to standards that make certain grades more optimal for deck construction. Keep in mind that the quality of the wood available to the do-it-yourselfer from “big-box” stores may be quite different from the wood quality available through specialty lumber suppliers. Professional deck builders, like Archadeck of Central SC, only obtain wood from selective, high-quality suppliers. This means that the wood we use is free of knots, warps and other inconsistencies evident in lower grade pressure-treated pine. In addition, the PT pine we use has also been treated with an Eco-life treatment that ensures better weathering of the wood itself.

pressure treated wood

Pressure treated wood is still the leader among outdoor structure materials in the US.

The maintenance required for your wooden deck is determined by many factors. An important one is your structure’s exposure to the sun. If your deck is facing South or west, you will have to clean, stain or seal your project more often to prevent sun damage. Decks facing north or east may not get enough sun and may experience moisture problems, requiring maintenance to keep them looking and functioning their best. Moisture will penetrate the wood on an unprotected deck causing it to expand and contract with weather changes. UV rays from direct sunlight will cause aging and deterioration of unprotected wood fibers present in the wood. Over time, mold and mildew can accumulate on your deck, too. Proper deck cleaning and sealing can prevent most of these problems.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, outsourcing  maintenance to make sure your wooden deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew of Central SC is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a 3-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements and shields your deck from the sun’s rotectuveharmful UV rays, which cause wood to turn gray over time. This protective treatment can sometimes help you avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

Remember, when you make the decision to use wood as your deck or outdoor space material, it is never a question of “if” it will be affected by the elements; it is a question of “how soon.” If you are willing to care for your deck, then it will remain beautiful and serve you well. If a wood deck is well maintained and doesn’t have excessive sun exposure it can last upwards of 20-25 years.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu.

Traditional wood decks offer a beautiful natural appearance that complements the outdoors. Archadeck of Central SC can help explore all your decking options while keeping budget and personal tastes in mind. Please contact us today to help create your ultimate outdoor experience with a new deck! You can reach us by phone at (803) 603 – 2160 or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net

 

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A well-built deck from the start plus regular maintenance equals confidence in your deck’s safety.

May is deck safety awareness month!

Poolside deck by ArchadeckIt’s important to ensure your deck is structurally sound in order to take advantage of all the ways it can benefit your home and allow you to safely enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. As the foundation of outdoor living and relaxation, as well as the springboard for backyard recreational activities, your deck is a principal structure in your outdoor living area. With this in mind, have you considered how safe your backyard deck really is?

Deck safety is of the utmost importance to Archadeck of Central South Carolina. We are the area’s premier outdoor structure designer and builder with quality and safety incorporated into each structure from the very beginning. Doing the job right from the onset provides a well-built, safe deck for the homeowner to enjoy for many years to come. However, no matter how well anything that is exposed to the elements is constructed, from your car to your home, without continued proper maintenance and inspections, the life expectancy and safety factor will diminish quickly. This is more than evident in the grim statistics regarding US deck safety; within a 6 year period there were an estimated 179 deck failures (either from poor construction or the deck being 20++ years old) resulting in over one thousand injuries and 33 deaths!

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

Before and after Renew Crew deck cleaning.

As a homeowner, keeping up with the routine maintenance of your deck is the best way to do your part in maintaining its safety and the safety of those who use it. Along with the effects of Mother Nature, your deck can also become damaged from other forces. Items that are often used along with outdoor living such as Citronella candles and oils can penetrate your wood surfaces and cause staining. Grease and oil spilled on the deck as a result of grilling can damage your deck, as can red wine. Hot charcoal and exposure to solvents such as gasoline will also damage your wood deck. Making sure your deck is sealed properly may give you time to clean up spills or mishaps before they cause damage. Regular cleaning is necessary to keep your deck looking good and its surface safe to use.

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC

Deck revived by Renew Crew of Central SC.

Outsourcing the work to make sure your deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a three-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements and shields your deck from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause wood to turn gray over time. This treatment can sometimes avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Archadeck outdoor livingIn addition to maintenance options, we also offer homeowners a thorough deck safety inspection for a modest fee. With this inspection you will receive a detailed checklist that highlights any necessary or suggested repairs —  or maybe your deck is good for a couple more years; we’ll let you know that too. Here are just a few of the critical areas our deck safety inspection covers: foundation and footings, the attachment to your home, decking boards, connections and fasteners, the posts, beams and joists (if visible) of the structure, any sagging between supports, as well as stairs and rails. We can also provide a free consultation on what would be involved with replacing your deck with an updated design that meets or exceeds all building code requirements and complements your outdoor living objectives.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Contact Archadeck of Central South Carolina to schedule your deck safety inspection today or to set up an appointment for Renew Crew of Central SC to revive the beauty of your deck. Calling on the expertise of our deck experts will give you peace of mind in knowing you can enjoy your deck this season without worry! Contact us at (803) 603-2160  or via email at centralsc@archadeck.net.

Archadeck of Central SC discusses the “beauty and the beast” of decking materials: Ipe Brazilian Hardwood

Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck with metal railing.

Ipe Brazilian hardwood deck with metal railing.

The phone is ringing here at Archadeck of Central SC and many of the inquiries we are receiving are from homeowners wanting to learn more about Brazilian hardwoods, especially Ipe. As this beautiful material gets more exposure from home & garden magazines, TV and image media sites such as Houzz, we, too, are seeing an increased interest from homeowners wanting to use it for their own outdoor structure projects.

This screened porch features an Ipe floor.

This screened porch features an Ipe floor.

What is Ipe?

Ipe (pronounced EE-pay) is one of the finest quality wood decking materials available. A Brazilian hardwood, also commonly referred to as “ironwood” because of its natural resistance to rot and decay, Ipe comes from a group of trees from the species Tabebuia. These trees are primarily found in Central and South America but primarily grow in Brazil. All the Ipe we use on our projects comes from responsibly-harvested and well-managed forests to provide you with a truly renewable resource.

Ipe-Swatches-300x550Strong & Beautiful

Ipe is also considered by many to be “the beauty and the beast” of decking materials because of its tough, resilient properties and unique, exotic look.  Along with being incredibly durable, it’s also naturally resistant to rot, decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites and borers. Additionally, it has a Class A fire rating — the same rating given to concrete and steel. This material is so strong, in fact,  that installation may require pre-drilling holes prior to assembly to keep the integrity of the boards intact. Even though Ipe is a natural hardwood, it has properties that make it one of the toughest and longest-lasting decking materials available. The famous Atlantic City Boardwalk is even built from Ipe because it also holds up beautifully under extreme traffic and heavy use. Ipe is generally sealed or stained to retain its rich amber hue. If left untreated, Ipe will still retain its longevity and many of its benefits but will fade to an elegant dove gray over time. Keep in mind the surface of an Ipe outdoor structure, if open to the elements,  must be treated every year to maintain its beautiful, rich appearance.

IPE poolside deck.

Ipe poolside deck.

Perfect by the Pool 

This material is perfectly suited for use near water where other materials fall short. Ipe is so dense that it doesn’t rot or decay making it an obvious material choice for docks, pool decks and waterside decks.

 The use of Ipe is not new to the realm of outdoor living structures. Disney parks have frequently use Ipe as an outdoor space building material, and parts of the iconic Coney Island boardwalk are built from Ipe wood. 

Ipe deck with outdoor kitchen

Ipe pool deck with outdoor kitchen.An Ipe deck will last a minimum of 25 ye

Hardwood decks offer a beautiful natural appearance that complements the outdoors. Archadeck of Central SC can help explore all your decking options while keeping your budget and personal tastes in mind. Contact us today to help create your ultimate outdoor experience with a new deck! (803) 603–2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Please visit our wooden decks photo gallery, hardwood decks photo gallery and Ipe decks photo gallery located on our website for more examples of the natural beauty of our wooden decks.

How is it made? Archadeck of Central SC explains what is involved in creating pressure-treated wood

Classic pressure treated backyard deck in Lexington SC

Classic pressure- treated backyard deck in Lexington, SC.

If you are considering the addition of an outdoor living structure you have probably heard the term “pressure-treated wood” quite frequently. In case you are not familiar with the product, or the process, you may be wondering what is the difference between pressure- treated wood and regular wood? In the world of outdoor living structures, there are a myriad of materials to choose from when considering a deck or porch. It can be a daunting task to try to figure out the characteristics of these materials. Since pressure-treated wood, and more commonly pressure-treated pine, is used heavily in outdoor construction, Archadeck of Central SC felt it appropriate to explain what the product is, how it is made, and what it is used for.

The history of wood preservation

The theory behind pressure-treated wood is based on preservation of the wood to gain the most benefit and longevity. The practice of preserving wood is nothing new and spans all the way back to the history of the use of wood itself. There are records of wood preservation in ancient Greece during Alexander the Great’s rule, where bridge wood was soaked in olive oil in an effort to preserve it. The Romans protected their ship hulls by brushing the wood with tar. During the Industrial Revolution wood preservation became a cornerstone of the wood processing industry.

Pressure treatment process

Pressure treatment process.

What is pressure treatment?

With pressure-treated pine, the wood is placed in a pressurized cylinder and a solution of Micronized Copper Azole (MCA) is forced into the wood, leaving a very slight greenish color. When pressure-treated pine is new, it is so full of fluid that it will feel wet and heavy. Over time the liquid evaporates but the chemical still protects the wood. Pressure treatment, in essence, is the process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites, other insects, and fungal decay.

Large- pressure treated deck on Saluda River in West Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Large pressure-treated deck on Saluda River in West Columbia, SC, by Archadeck of Central SC.

Builders in the outdoor structure and decking industry continue to rely on pressure-treated wood, but often it is not the same treated wood as was used in the past. According to the North American Decking and Remodeling Association(NADRA), for the past 40 years, the predominant chemical for preserving lumber was Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA). While this preservative remains the usual choice for heavy-duty construction, newer alternatives have replaced CCA for decks and non-industrial applications. Primary among these are (1) Copper Azole and (2) Alkaline Copper Quaternary. Both are combinations of copper and a carbon-based co-biocide. In North America, wood treated with copper azole is called Wolmanized® or Outdoor® wood. Lumber treated with alkaline copper quaternary is sold under several brands. These preservatives mark a trend to treatments involving less chemical and, notably, less metal. Farthest ahead of this movement is Wolmanized® L3 wood. Suitable for out-of-ground applications, it is the first non-metallic preservative for residential uses.

pressure treated wood

Pressure-treated wood is still the leader among outdoor structure materials in the US.

Why Pine?

In the Eastern US, where pressure-treated lumber has been used for decades, Southern pine is the most commonly treated species. One of the main reasons for using pine is although it is light, it is very strong. Pine is easier to process than other woods and readily accepts treatment. The nature of the way pine grows is perfect for decks and other outdoor structures. Pine grows in a straighter fashion than other woods and therefore will hold a straight line very well.

Despite all the competition, pressure-treated wood is still the number one decking material sold today. Nearly 75% of all new decks are finished with pressure-treated lumber. The widespread popularity of pressure-treated lumber is not surprising: it’s affordable, readily available coast-to-coast, structurally strong and easy to cut and to fasten with screws.

Keep in mind that most outdoor structures are built with pressure-treated pine framing, including structures finished out with low-maintenance materials such as composites. Pressure-treated framing is used so the structure does not rot over time, and also so the termites will not eat it. There are other natural woods here in the US that can be used for framing purposes, but they cost significantly more and deliver the same results as pressure-treated wood.

This spacious pressure treated deck in Columbia, SC overlooks the tranquil Saluda river.

This spacious pressure-treated deck in Columbia, SC, overlooks the tranquil Saluda River.

Pressure Treated Care

Even though wood goes through the pressure treatment process to ensure decreased degradation and resistance to termites, this process does not mean no additional care or maintenance is needed to keep these qualities. Archadeck of Central SC recommends regular maintenance. Maintenance includes initial staining and sealing followed by frequent cleaning along with more staining and sealing as needed. We recently outlined the best way to care for your pressure treated deck in a post titled “Archadeck of Central SC shows you how to protect your wooden outdoor living investment.” That article is loaded with helpful information regarding the care and maintenance of pressure treated pine and other natural wood components used on our outdoor structures.

Before you can stain and seal your pressure-treated wood deck, you will need to let the wood dry. For new decks, depending on the amount of sun exposure, this drying out period will vary. This also depends on how dry your decking boards are when installed and how much rain you have had recently. Before initial staining and sealing, splash a little water on the wood; if it beads versus penetrating, the wood is too wet. When water penetrates versus beading, the stain will penetrate as well.

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Traditional wooden decks, such as those built using pressure-treated pine, offer a beautiful natural appearance. Archadeck of Central SC can help explore all your material options for your anticipated project while keeping your budget and personal tastes in mind. Please contact us today to learn more. (803) 603 – 2160 or
centralsc@archadeck.net

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Archadeck of Central SC shows you to how to protect your wooden outdoor living investment

Archadeck of Central SC incorporated the boulders within this Saluda River terrain into the design of this W.Columbia deck

Archadeck of Central SC incorporated the boulders within this Saluda River terrain into the design of this West Columbia wooden deck.

For many South Carolina homeowners nothing compares to the rich beauty of natural wood. Keep in mind, that beauty comes with responsibility. Wooden outdoor spaces have to be properly maintained to keep them looking good. If maintenance is not your thing, choosing natural wood as the main ingredient for your outdoor living space may not be your best option. A composite or other low-maintenance material for your deck would reduce maintenance.

This deck and pergola prove a winning combination for these Irmo, SC residents

This wooden deck and pergola prove a winning combination for these Irmo, SC, residents

The maintenance required for your deck is determined by many factors. An important one is your structure’s exposure to the sun. If your deck is facing South or West you will have to clean, stain or seal your project more often to prevent sun damage. Decks facing North or East may not get enough sun and may experience moisture problems, requiring maintenance to keep them looking and functioning their best. Moisture will penetrate the wood on your unprotected deck causing it to expand and contract with weather changes. UV rays from direct sunlight will cause aging and deterioration of unprotected wood fibers present in the wood. Over time mold and mildew can accumulate on your deck too. Proper deck cleaning and sealing can prevent most of these problems.

This lakeside pressure- treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

This lakeside pressure- treated deck includes built-in bench seating and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees into the design of the deck.

In order to reduce the damage that can occur with wood, and to prevent degradation, Archadeck of Central SC recommends regular maintenance. Maintenance includes initial treatment followed by frequent cleaning along with staining and sealing as needed.

The initial sealing and staining is the most important step to keeping your deck looking good. Pressure-treated wood is infused with chemicals that preserve it and provide protection from rot and  termites. These chemicals cause new wood to be wet, or what is commonly referred to as “green.” For the initial protective sealant to penetrate your new deck properly, a period of drying is necessary. For new decks, depending on the amount of sun exposure, this waiting period will vary. This also depends on how dry your decking boards are when installed and how much rain you have had recently. Before initial staining and sealing, splash a little water on the wood; if it beads versus penetrating, the wood is too wet. When water penetrates versus beading, the stain will penetrate as well.

A protected deck

Notice how the water beads on this wooden deck.

After exposure to the elements a good test of how well your older deck is still protected is to hose down your deck and check to see if the water beads. If the water beads it is a sign that your sealer is doing the job. If the water doesn’t, it is usually time to schedule staining and sealing.  Once a deck is cracking and warping it is often too late to restore the aesthetics. The sun and rain are your biggest enemies when it comes to wooden structures.

Over time results of unprotected wood

Over time, lack of maintenance can cause your deck to crack and warp.

Along with the effects of Mother Nature, your deck can also become damaged from outside forces. Items that are often used along with outdoor living such as Citronella candles and oils can penetrate your wood surfaces and cause staining. Grease and oil spilled on the deck as a result of grilling can damage your deck, as can red wine. Hot charcoal and exposure to solvents such as gasoline will also damage your wood deck. Making sure your deck is sealed properly may give you time to clean up spills or mishaps in time to avoid damage. Regular, frequent cleaning is necessary to keep your deck looking good.

Central SC deck and pergola with seating wall

This Central SC custom deck features a pergola and built-in seating for the ultimate outdoor room.

As a homeowner, outsourcing  maintenance to make sure your wooden deck or outdoor space is adequately maintained is a viable option. Renew Crew   is an associate business of Archadeck specializing in outdoor structure maintenance and restoration. Renew Crew uses a 3-step system providing a comprehensive cleaning and protection service that is environmentally friendly and won’t cause any damage to plants, animals or your outdoor surfaces. By combining low-pressure power washing and cleaners to give your deck a heavy-duty clean, and following up with a fresh coat of proprietary sealant, their process protects your deck from water damage and every-day wear and tear. Renew Crew uses a wood-penetrating sealant with a proprietary, UV-blocking polymer mix that penetrates and protects the wood. This delivers a highly effective seal against the elements that shields your deck from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which cause wood to turn gray over time. This treatment can sometimes avoid the expense of resurfacing or building a new deck.

Large pressure treated deck on Saluda River in West Columbia SC by Archadeck of Central SC

Large pressure treated deck on Saluda River in West Columbia, SC by Archadeck of Central SC.

Remember, when you make the decision to use wood as your deck or outdoor space medium, it is never a question of “if” it will be affected by the elements; it is a question of “how soon.” If you are willing to care for your deck, then it will remain beautiful and serve you well. If a wood deck is well maintained and doesn’t have excessive sun exposure it can last upwards of 20-25 years.

Your wooden outdoor living space is only as good as how well it’s maintained. Your space is a wonderful investment for your property, but it is an investment that needs long-term protection. Contact Archadeck of Central SC to learn more about maintaining your wooden outdoor structure today (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Please visit our wooden deck photo gallery and our hardwood deck photo gallery located on our website to experience our large selection of deck design ideas.

Wood decking options – Archadeck of Central SC provides the ultimate guide to material choices used in creating your dream deck

This deck and pergola prove a winning combination for these Irmo, SC residents

This deck and pergola prove a winning combination for these Irmo, SC, residents

From a homeowner’s perspective, choosing the right material for your deck compared to other outdoor living spaces may seem simple. However, we are living in a time when making the decision to build a deck can also come with a mountain of abundant choices. Decking material options have grown exponentially over the past several years. It wasn’t so long ago that the only choice you had for a deck was wood, which came in perhaps two or three species. Nowadays thanks to an explosion of material choices from woods to synthetics, homeowners have a myriad of considerations in choosing the right decking material to fit their lifestyle and budget. Archadeck of Central SC has put together a two-part series on decking material considerations. Today, in part one of this series, we focus on wooden decking choices in an effort to make the task of choosing the best material for your dream deck a little less daunting.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built in bench seating, and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck- stunning.

This lakeside pressure treated deck includes built-in bench seating and unique privacy railing. We also integrated the existing trees within the landscape into the design of the deck.

Wood — the allure of “the real thing” 

  •  Pressure Treated Wood – Despite all the competition, pressure treated wood is still the number one decking material sold today. In fact, according to a recent article in Popular Mechanics, approximately 75% of all new decks are finished with pressure-treated (PT) lumber. The widespread popularity of PT lumber isn’t surprising: it’s affordable, readily available coast-to-coast, structurally strong and easy to cut and fasten with screws. Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs. The downside of PT lumber is that it’s not dimensionally stable, so it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. Also, routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck. PT wood is graded according to standards that make certain grades more optimal for deck construction. Keep in mind that the quality of the wood available to the do-it-yourselfer from “big-box” stores maybe quite different from the wood quality available through reputable lumber suppliers. Professional deck builders, like Archadeck of Central SC, only obtain wood from high-quality suppliers. Prices for PT deck materials can range from $.50 linear ft. for #2 lumber to $2.00 linear ft. and higher for select and clear grade lumber. PT wood decking boards come in two different sizes, these are classified as 2 x 6’s, which are actually 1 1/2 x 5 1/2, and 5/4 x 6, which are actually 1 x 5 1/2.

Lumber grade is typically determined by the surface of the wood and the number of knots present.The following grading standards via Decks.com give insight in to the various classifications of PT wood:

Clear – Clear lumber has a “clear” surface, meaning there are no knots it also means it has been milled a second time. This type if lumber is rarely used for decks.

Premium – Highest grade for 5/4 radius edge decking. This has a uniform surface and no knots.

pressure treated wood Select – One of the highest grades available, contains very few detects. It must meet a minimum 1/12 grain slope and have all knots encased. It has a high consistency and the appearance is very good. Archadeck of Central SC’s standard is Select PT from a reputable supplier.

 #1 – Will contain no splits larger than the width of the board. Knots may not be larger than 2 ¾”. One hole is permitted every 3 ft.

 #Standard – Midrange grade.

#2 – Must meet minimum 1/8 grain slope. Boards will contain no splits larger than 1.5 times width of board. Knots may not be larger than 3 1/2″. One hole is permitted every 2 ft. Wane corners.

#3 – The lowest quality grade. Not suitable for deck construction.

  •  Hardwoods – When it comes to wood, a homeowner’s choices are not limited to PT. There are many other wood decking choices available. Of course, the old favorites like redwood and cedar come to mind. Both redwood and cedar will rot and degrade over time. These classics are not used as often since the advent of composites. Wood decking options have expanded to include exotic woods whose names alone are enticing. Massaranduba, Garapa, Cumaru, Tigerwood, Ipe and Mahogany are just some of the tropical hardwoods available for decking. Tropical hardwoods are relatively expensive, especially when compared with PT lumber, but boast rich graining and are extremely hard, very durable and naturally resistant to rot and insects.
  • Multi-level Ipe deck with pergola

    Multi-level Ipe deck with pergola.

    The beauty and the beast of hardwoods is Ipe – Here at Archadeck of Central SC, Ipe (pronounced e-pay) is among the most requested material by homeowners wishing to build their deck with hardwood. Ipe is a Brazilian hardwood that is coveted for its strength and density. Ipe is so strong that installation may require pre-drilling holes prior to assembly to keep the integrity of the boards intact. Even though Ipe is a natural hardwood it has properties that make it one of the toughest and longest lasting decking materials available. Ipe gives composites a run for their money in terms of the many benefits it provides as a superior decking product. Ipe is insect resistant, mold, fungus and mildew resistant. Ipe also resists scratches and slivers and wood rot and decay. It also holds up beautifully under extreme traffic and heavy use.  Ipe is generally sealed or stained to retain its rich amber hue, but when left untreated, will weather to a driftwood gray over time. Beware of fly-by-night suppliers of Ipe casting off substandard materials as high-grade Ipe. There are many different types of Brazilian hardwoods, which generally range in price from $4.00 linear ft. for Garapa, to upwards of $6.50 linear ft. for Ipe. Archadeck of Central SC has a great deal of knowledge and experience in working with hardwoods, which can also be very difficult to work with because of their density and high-maintenance to keep them looking good.

  • IPE deck with curve makes a statement and creates a great area, out of traffic pattern, to enjoy the great view. Powder coated black rail minimizes the intrusion on the view.

    IPE deck with curve makes a design statement .

    Mixed media –  If you are having trouble choosing the right wood for your deck or outdoor structure, it is possible to mix the use of two, or even more, woods into your outdoor living space. A good example of successfully mixing medias is using Ipe hardwood as your deck flooring, and using an alternate complimentary wood on your deck rail and posts. The density of Ipe often makes it difficult for use on areas that require pliability. Cedar and even stained or painted PT wood can be used alongside more exotic hardwoods and deliver a breathtaking finished deck!

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

Traditional wood decks offer a beautiful natural appearance that complements the outdoors. Archadeck of Central SC can help explore all your decking options while keeping budget and personal tastes in mind. Please contact us today to help create your ultimate outdoor experience with a new deck! (803) 603 – 2160
centralsc@archadeck.net

Please visit our wooden decks photo gallery, hardwood decks photo gallery and Ipe decks photo gallery located on our website for more examples of the natural beauty of our wooden decks.