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Deck - White Cedar or PT

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Deck - White Cedar or PT

Which would you choose and why?
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Pressure treated because it is cheaper and will need maintenance just like cedar will. Those that say cedar requires no maintenance are not being truthful. Wood is wood and the environment will get to it.
Building it yourself?
Is it solipsistic here? Or is it just me?
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PT over cedar for me. Cedar is to soft to use for decking.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 3:42 pm
Pressure treated because it is cheaper and will need maintenance just like cedar will. Those that say cedar requires no maintenance are not being truthful. Wood is wood and the environment will get to it.
Building it yourself?
That's the thing, I've seen a deck done in the newer brown pressure treated and it looks lovely a year later and ultimately they are both going to fade to grey. We got our pirch redone on cedar a couple of years agob (the pillars and rails, not the deck boards) and it looks filthy already.


My husband is stuck on the white cedar but i know who'll be the one maintaining it and i can tell you I'm not up for it anymore. If its gonna fade im good with with PT amd the savings that gives us.

Having it built, cant do this one ourselves. The supports will be PT no matter what, its the dexk boards and railings we are 'discussing' ;)
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I need to replace my deckboards.
I'm in the GTA (Markham)
Is there anywhere other than Rona, Lowes or Home Depot where I should be shopping?
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snow00774 wrote:
Sep 14th, 2017 11:20 am
Anyone else?
Cedar doesn't crack, split, twist and bend nearly as bad as PT. You need to decide based on your priorities whether this is a major factor or not.
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dan289 wrote:
Sep 15th, 2017 12:20 am
I need to replace my deckboards.
I'm in the GTA (Markham)
Is there anywhere other than Rona, Lowes or Home Depot where I should be shopping?
Schell Lumber in Stouffville was good for cedar deck boards 4-5 years ago-haven't been there in awhile. Quality was better than HD in Markham and they matched price.
Personally I find brown PT far less maintenance, looks better a few years in and is 1/2 the cost. If you do go with brown PT when its time to stain use a penetrating oil, can't stress enough to stay away from any stain that builds a film finish.
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I'd say None of the above and go composite.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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gr8dlr wrote:
Sep 16th, 2017 10:17 am
I'd say None of the above and go composite.
I'd love to but the cost is prohibitive for this particular deck at the moment.
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dirtmover wrote:
Sep 16th, 2017 8:52 am
Cedar doesn't crack, split, twist and bend nearly as bad as PT. You need to decide based on your priorities whether this is a major factor or not.
Over how much time does this happen in brown PT versus Cedar?
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. If you do go with brown PT when its time to stain use a penetrating oil, can't stress enough to stay away from any stain that builds a film finish.
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Does penetrating bead the same as other stains?
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snow00774 wrote:
Sep 16th, 2017 10:39 am
. If you do go with brown PT when its time to stain use a penetrating oil, can't stress enough to stay away from any stain that builds a film finish.
Does penetrating bead the same as other stains?
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Oil based stains do a great job. Some of the stains can be applied to the boards before they installed, if the moisture content is low enough in the wood. This would prevent any future cracking of the wood as it dries.
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