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Alternative Outdoor Woods

Alternative Outdoor Woods

Strong pressure-treated wood resists decay and insect damage at a cost of about $1 per lineal foot. But these alternative outdoor materials bring their own advantages to the backyard table.


Pros: Lightweight, naturally decay-resistant
Cons: Requires replacement about every 10 years
Cost per lineal foot: $1-2

White Oak

Pros: Dense and strong, moisture- and decay-resistant, accepts stains readily
Cons: Unavailable as dimensional deck lumber, pricey
Cost per lineal foot: $2-3


Pros: Super-dense, strong, and stable; resists warping, cracking, decay, and denting; life-expectancy of 40-50 years with proper care
Cons: Heavy, pricey, and sometimes hard-to-find
Cost per lineal foot: $3-4

Wood/plastic composites

Pros: Rotproof, defect-free, and dimensionally stable; widely available in home centers
Cons: Not for structural applications, becomes hot to the touch in sunlight
Cost per lineal foot: $2-3

Thermally-Modified Wood

Pros: Lightweight, stable, rot- and insect-resistant, chemical-free
Cons: Limited availability, split-prone
Cost per lineal foot: $2


Comments (3)
chrisjonas wrote:

What about redwood?

1/14/2016 03:05:37 PM Report Abuse

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