Another Fan of Wood Decking

Wood decks are our bread and butter, and we try to always use treated southern yellow pine that’s been quartersawn. To find good stock, I will spend hours at the lumberyard, and when I stage the lumber on the jobsite, I go through everything again piece by piece; if it doesn’t meet my standards, I send it back. The only thing I do differently [from author John Paulin, “Wood Decks That Last,” Nov 2013] is that I don’t seal the decking immediately after I’ve installed it. It gets cold here early in the year, and the sealants won’t penetrate the lumber. We often order upgraded treated lumber, and it does make a difference.

Matt Cooper

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