Timbers for the Terrace - an Overview
Terracing wood must meet extremely high standards. Various types of wood are available on the market for this purpose.
A wooden terrace is an eye-catcher in front of the house. Tropical woods are particularly popular.
Suitable types of wood for a terrace
Tropical woods belong to the resistance class one. That means they are dimensionally stable and durable. Bangkirai is a very popular patio wood from South Asia. For this variety, it is recommended to oil the boards to get the nice reddish-brown color. Untreated, this wooden terrace gets a silver-gray shimmer and looks very noble.
The Bongossi wood originating from West Africa belongs to the hardwoods. It is therefore very resistant to pests. Due to its high strength, it is also very well suited as a construction wood. With its dark reddish-brown color and coarse pores it gives every terrace a special charm. The surface can be treated with glaze or wax. Bongossi wood is a very durable wood.
German wood species such as oak and robinia are also ideal for the terrace. Oak is characterized by the high resistance to wear. The rustic look is preserved by oiling. The wood turns natural dark gray. Typical of the Robinie are the distinct annual rings and the hardness. The lively play of colors of the surface is preserved when the wood is treated once a year with teak oil. Otherwise it uses a noble, silver-gray patina. Both woods are hardy and a good alternative to tropical wood.
The noblest of all deck timbers is teak from Southeast Asia. With a lifespan of 25 years worth the expensive purchase. The noble grace of the wood is preserved by the natural oils contained in the wood. Minimal chipping and dimensional stability distinguish this wood.
Leader in terraced construction
Douglas fir is one of the most commonly used types of wood for building a terrace. The dimensionally stable wood dries quickly and only tends to crack. It is tough and has a strong carrying capacity. The reddish decking boards are offered with a smooth and rippled surface. Compared to the tropical wood, it is much cheaper to buy.
The hardwood Cumaru is also a popular wood species for the terrace due to its density and visually appealing exterior. The play of colors from yellow to reddish brown is a real eye-catcher. This wood comes from the northern South America and belongs to the resistance class one.
Environmental aspects of the terrace wood
For the sake of the environment only woods with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) seal should be used. Tropical woods grow very slowly and can not be economically grown on plantations. They can, however, be beaten sustainably and then receive the FSC seal. This preserves biodiversity and ecological balance.
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