Wood Decking: When You Want the Real Deal

In marine construction, there are numerous types of synthetic and composite materials used in the creation of boat docks and waterfront decks. However, many people prefer the classic look of wood decking. Real grains and the appearance of knots simply can’t be duplicated in a laboratory. Priority Marine builds all kinds of structures in Sarasota, with the materials you choose. Although composites reduce deck maintenance — they don’t rot or decay with time, bugs, or weather — they simply don’t have the same appeal of real wood. It all depends on what you’re after.

What Materials Do You Want For Your Wood Decking?

Ipe is a strong and durable South American hardwood. With more than three decades in the marine construction business, Priority Marine recommends Brazilian Ipe for wood decking. It’s been an industry standard for decades. In fact, the boardwalk at New York’s famed Coney Island — an extremely high-traffic area — was originally constructed with Ipe and other Amazonian hardwoods. New York continues to use Ipe in repairs and replacements when they become necessary. It’s weight-bearing, insect-resistant, and gives the boardwalk that classic, wooden-plank look.

Redwood and cedar are two softwoods some prefer for their wood decking. They are known to be resistant to insect activity, decay, and the harsh Florida weather. Cedar heartwood is also moisture-resistant. Since moisture getting into the boards is the cause of eventual splits, twists, and cracks, cedar is popular as a deck lumber. You’ll find cedar wood decking all over Sarasota and the entire Bay area. It’s beautiful wood with an appealing natural look. And it smells nice!

Pressure-treated lumber is certainly the most durable choice for wood decking. Although it’s not as durable as the South American hardwoods and not as beautiful, it is less expensive. In the long run, pressure-treated pine lumber is something of an industry standard. Technically, here’s how it happens: chemical preservatives are driven deep into the fibers of the wood. These render the decking boards virtually impenetrable by insects such as termites, fungus, and other organisms of decay.

Seek Out Priority Marine in Sarasota

Whatever material you choose for your deck needs to be maintained, periodically treated, and – over time – replaced. That’s the way nature works. The experts at Priority Marine help create the exact deck you see in your mind’s eye. Whether it’s adjacent to a boat dock, or a free-standing backyard patio, we consult, advise, and recommend. Then we build, using the materials that you’ve decided are ideal for your Sarasota deck.

For decks, docks, boardwalks, boat lifts, and more in Sarasota, call Priority Marine at (727) 447-1373 or contact us today.

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