Thanks for the compliments guys, but my work is sporadic. I can be the laziest *uck imaginable. It was good to get some momentum going. I did that deck once before, it was blackened.
Bksaun, thanks, I wish I would have asked you before I just sanded it. Next time it will have to be stripped, I had to take a lot off those 1" x 4's. I don't like making the deck thinner!
Berlin wrote:a lot of sawmills in NYS have access to good black locust
O man locust I've heard about that, sounds awesome!
JRDepew wrote:I am at the point where I need to choose what kind of deck board I want to use on my new deck
I'll tell ya what, Joe; all the time I was working on that deck I was muttering, "I'll NEVER have a cedar deck! Freakin riduculous they were using cedar 1000 years ago, it's obsolete! Etc. Etc
If you want high maintenance and a tremendous look, cedar. Also, cedar is so soft it takes a lot of dings from furniture.
I put composite decking on the deck next door with hidden fastener's. You can go with zero maintenance on that kind of surface if you want to! It was trex or similar, dimensionally stable still,after several years, but it does take a fade. I can power wash that deck once a year and it looks clean and acceptable.
I worked on an Ipe deck once, it had faded from beautiful multicolor natural browns and reds to grey. Man that wood was so hard it took so much labor to clean it up by sanding.
I think pressure treated should be maintained with a sealer, I've seen a lot of pt decks start to cup and sliver after the rain eventually washes out the cca or whatever they treat it with. But once you finish it you get to sit there and watch the finish wear off