Are you thinking about using wood to cover the walls of your house? Are you thinking about building a small terrace? Wood is one of the most versatile materials that exist, and you can do real wonders with them.
Unfortunately, it is also a very deteriorating material to use outdoors, so you have to choose very carefully which type of wood is going to be used outdoors since not all types are suitable for this area. But we’re going to give you a little guide as to which are the best!
Why is wood better than some material?
Although wood can be a material that deteriorates very easily, it is more resistant than for example materials such as iron. Wood can be restored, worked on to make it look like new… iron, on the other hand? Once it oxidizes, it is very difficult that it can be restored.
That’s why we recommend that, if you’re going to set up a private area outside, you should use wood, whether it’s for flooring, walls, tables or furniture… It’s always the winning choice!
Wood types that are perfect for outdoor use
Let’s start with the different types of wood that are used for the exterior. Above all, you must know the climate of your area very well, before opting for one type or another.
Generally, when a structure is going to be built next to a house, the pine wood is the most used because it turns out to be the most economic. But, it has a problem, in extreme conditions, such as daily contact with the sun, an area with heavy rains or in areas of heavy frost, turns out to be a material that is not resistant and durable.
Because of this, it is a type of wood that requires more protection and maintenance to make it more resistant to weather changes. What to do to keep it in perfect condition? Perform a maintenance program every six months, enabling it to resist humidity, insects and preserve its qualities.
Red Pine Wood
The red pine is Native from Russia, and it is a wild tree. The wood of this tree has a reddish tone with very marked rings, having a very original and striking touch when used for furniture or floors. Furthermore, the grain size can range from medium to fine, with a straight grain that can sometimes have small knots.
Are there any downsides? Yes, it is sensitive to attack by fungus and insects. But, in your favor, it is a material resistant to bending and compression, so it is perfect for stretchy uses. So it’ s great for furniture or columns. Above all, it is used in decorative fibers and rustic furniture, as well as in windows, doors, and friezes for its elegant aesthetics.
Pine looks very good but has the problem that has little resistance. What could be your alternative? Tropical woods are a perfect choice, as they are more resistant and do not need any treatment. On the other hand, they are somewhat more expensive, having higher strength and resistance, so the price difference is quickly compensated.
Our first tropical wood recommendation is to use Bangkirai wood, which comes from Southeast Asia. It is a dense type of wood with high resistance to fungus, medium to xylophagous, so it does not require treatment. It is easy to recognize because it has a very clear tone and is not too expensive.
This wood is native to Brazil and Bolivia, characterized because it is dense, and very resistant to being outdoors, as well as impacts. Recognizable by its intense reddish tone, and that supports very well the attacks of insects and fungus.
Teak you’ ll be tired of seeing it in furniture in stores. And you know why it’s used so much? Because it is a very hard and resistant wood, which is why it turns out to be one of the most expensive on the market.
In its favor it has to offer a great cosmetic elegance, fitting well on any type of terrace. It also has a great resistance, as well as its quality of self-defense to be attacked by termites, fungi and any other harmful organism. In exteriors, it can last between 10-15 years, the reason why it is quite demanded in the use of outdoor furniture, as well as in terraces.
Something that is as cheap as pine and yet with a little more resistance? The perfect choice would be laminated spruce. Spruce wood has a lot of outdoor resistance, suffering less deformation, cracks and loss of knots.
Perhaps its greatest weakness is that it requires a treatment to protect external agents and Biotics. However, it is a slightly cheaper option than the previous two.
Wood Maintenance and Treatments
Being outdoors, wood is affected by a large number of agents that attack on a daily basis, from weather conditions such as humidity to insects such as termites. A lack of maintenance of this material can make you lose your terrace in a few years.
So, when buying one type of wood or another, be well informed about the type of treatment you are going to require, especially if it is something you can do yourself. Because, if at the end you save money, but you have to hire a professional, it’s not profitable, is it?