If you have treated pine decking that has reached the end of its prime, you may want to change the look of your deck. Instead of the typical materials, you may want to have more of an exotic look with tropical lumber. When installing tropical hardwood decking, there are going to be many challenges that you are going to face, such as fastening the materials, working with the lumber if you choose to do the job yourself and reinforcing the structure of your deck. Here are some solutions to the challenges that you are going to face when you install hardwood materials on your deck:
1. Choosing A Fastening System To Hold Decking Down And Hide Fasteners
There are many different fastening systems that you can use for decking. Hidden fasteners are the most popular because of their ease of install and the clean look that they give decking. This clean look comes at a price though; the hidden fasteners will mean that your deck has less structural integrity.
2. Adding Structural Bracing To Improve The Integrity Of Your Deck With Hidden Fasteners
Using hidden fasteners can mean that you deck does not have the same strength as decks fastened with screws or nails. To solve this problem, you will want to add structural bracing to ensure your deck is sturdy. This can be done with the addition of cross bracing in the joists and beneath the deck. For a more attractive look, have the contractor do this, so the bracing appears as part of the joist system using the same size lumber, as well as add decorative brackets to posts on the deck.
3. The Challenge Of Choosing The Right Hardwood Materials To Give You An Exotic Look
Choosing the right hardwood for your deck can also be challenging. Today, there are many different materials to choose from. If you want to have an affordable decking material, choose a domestic hardwood like oak, which is still very durable when maintenance is done regularly. For fewer defects and the longest lasting decking material, consider tropical hardwoods like Ipe. The tropical materials may cost a little more and can sometimes be difficult to find materials that you may need for repairs.
These are some of the solutions that the challenges you may face when installing hardwood decking. If you need help with some of these problems and installing your new decking, contact a deck contractor from a company like Robert G Miller Inc. and discuss some of these solutions.