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Perhaps the most important consideration in choosing the lumber species to use for exterior decking is the durability characteristics of the lumber to be used. Unfortunately this is not a precise science as wood is a natural species, with significant variations even within the same species. For example a species grown in one country may have significantly different durability characteristics to the same species grown in another country. This may be due to more rapid growth, harvesting at an earlier age or to a lesser extent, differences in processing. Furthermore, similar species may have sub-species which could exhibit totally different durability characteristics.
Due care should be taken that any wood does not contain the outside sapwood. Sapwood of most hardwood species is non durable and will decay quite rapidly even if the heartwood itself is rated as highly durable. With some cypress species in particular, the sapwood is prone to decay extremely quickly. Fortunately sapwood is generally a lighter color, so can be reasonably easily distinguished.
To a large extent, the denser, harder lumber species generally possess higher durability properties. These are often referred to as Class 1 or "Highly durable". Examples of such species includes Ipe, Cumaru, Tallowwood and Ironbark. Under normal conditions, not in permanent contact with water, such species can be expected to resist decay and insect attack for at least 25 years and up to 50 years.
The next group is Class 2 where the lumber species are termed "Durable". Lumber species included in this group also exhibit exceptional durability characteristics and the wood can typically be expected to have life of 15 to 25 years or more. Some species in this group closely approach the performance of the Class 1 timbers even under severe conditions of service and in fact all species in this group may be regarded as approximating the service of Class 1 timbers where conditions are less severe, as in typical decking.
This group includes a large range of species including Teak, Jarrah, Jatoba, Bongossi, Purpleheart, Selangan batu, Western Red Cedar, Merbau, Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, River Red Gum etc.
The third group, Class 3 is termed "Moderately Durable". Such species will give good service without preservative treatment if clear of the ground and used in conditions of low termite hazard and involving only intermittent wetting followed by reasonably rapid drying. Such timbers can still be used for exterior decks but it would probably not be advisable to use such species in severe weather conditions unless a maintenance regime involving the application of good quality decking oil is carried out at regular intervals. Species in this group include Cambara, Kempas, Karri, Eucalyptus saligna.
The final group Class 4 is termed "Non Durable". Timber species in this group are considered unsuitable for exposed decking because of their low natural durability.
But apart from resistance to the ravages of sunlight, rainfall and humidity, in many locations there is another factor to consider - termites. There is no direct correlation between durability and resistance to termite attack so care needs to be taken in termite prone areas. Suitable species with high resistance to termite attack would include Ipe, Cumaru, Jatoba, Teak, Jarrah, Selangan batu etc.
Finally and perhaps of lesser importance is that the lumber chosen should not twist, cup or deform in service. This requires some skill and experience on the part of the lumber mill as the majority of hardwoods require carefully controlled kiln drying to bring the moisture content of the wood down from more than 25% with freshly cut timber to approximately 16%. If the timber is dried to fast it can crack and twist when in service. Even when properly kiln dried, all timber will expand and contract to some extent in service particularly in damp conditions. In such conditions, a timber species with a low shrinkage rate may be preferable. Such species would include Ipe, Selangan batu, Merbau and Teak amongst others.
So in selecting the most appropriate species of lumber for decking, durability is a critical factor but it's not such a clear cut decision as may be assumed at first glance.
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Building a wood deck around an above-ground pool not only enhances the enjoyment of the pool, it improves the looks, as well. It provides a place to sit and take in the sun between dips and helps keep the pool cleaner. But exactly how does one go about building a deck around a pool? This article will give you some pointers.
There are two aspects that make building a deck around an above ground pool tricky. The first challenge is that you're building a square deck around a circular shaped object. Lumber comes only in straight and rectangular shapes. You can't go out and buy a curved board.
The second challenge is that you're building a deck unattached to any structure. Most decks are bolted to an existing structure, like a house. This requires the inclusion of extra bracing to keep the deck from toppling over.
When it comes to designing a deck around a round pool, you have a couple of choices. One is build a square deck with a round hole in the middle to accommodate the pool. This design is easier to build as the framing members are all going the same direction. The deck boards, running perpendicular to the framing, are also going the same direction.
The other design option is to build your deck in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. This design is more aesthetically pleasing as it "follows" the shape of the pool more closely. This type of design is more complicated to build, so if you lack experience, it will take longer to build than the more traditional square deck.
One cool idea is to build a deck around your pool and also attach it to your house. This way your swimmers can go directly to the pool without going through the yard picking up loose grass and dirt with their wet feet.
The first step for either design is to assemble the pool where you want it located. Make sure you have the necessary room between the pool and any obstacles to build the deck. If you're attaching the deck to your home, make sure the deck is no higher than the top of the pool.
Build a square deck just like you would a normal square deck. When a support beam or floor joist is terminated by the pool, just hold the member back an inch or two and provide some kind of support for it.
Run the deck boards like you would on a normal deck, but trim them back an inch or two from the pool side wall. Don't leave a gap larger than 2" as this can become a hazard for little feet.
To build an octagonal or hexagonal deck, you're going to divide the area around the pool into either six (for hexagonal shaped decks) or eight (octagonal shaped decks) sections of equal size. You will run support beams out away from the pool perpendicular to the pool side.
Then fill in each area with short joists running away from the pool. Lastly, attach the deck boards across the joists and "parallel" to the pool side.
Don't forget to add railing if the deck is 30" or higher than the ground. And steps to the yard can also be convenient.