The Woodlands Decking Material

In Southeast Texas, there are two clear choices for decking and handrails. The most economical and equally resistant to water, rot, insects, mold, and mildew are pressure treated yellow pine. Another more expensive wood that is just as defiant and long lasting is natural Wester Red Cedar. There are other materials and they maybe just as resistant and the above two are the most common in this region.

Pressure Treated Wood

The most common material used near the Texas Gulf Coast (Third Coast) is pressure treated southern yellow pine. Preservative chemicals are impregnated into the pine wood making it resistant to rot, termites, fungus, and mold. Pressure-treated lumber can last fifteen years and even longer with proper maintenance such as staining, sealing, painting, and regular maintenance. Stainless steel screws should be used to hold the deck boards down. The chemical used to treat the pine wood is corrosive and over time destroy other types of metal. Regular maintenance would consist of keeping the deck free of debris, which could hold and concentrate moisture and periodically checking that all the screws and nails are fully driven into the wood.

Western Red Cedar

A wood naturally resistant to water, insects, mold and mildew are Western Red Cedar. This is a nice organic solution for The Woodlands as a decking material. The cost is slightly more, but it does not contain caustic chemicals such as pressure-treated wood. If regular maintenance is performed especially sun blocking sealer's Western Red Cedar can last up to twenty years.


Similar to Wester Red Cedar, Redwood can last up to twenty years with proper maintenance. Left untreated with a sealer the wood will fade to a silver grey color. Redwood is also naturally resistant and does cost more than pressure treated lumber.

Mahogany and Ipé

Mahogany and Ipé decking materials are expensive hardwoods that have a strong resistance to insects and rot. Untreated these dark, brown and amber to dark-brown woods will also whether to be gray. Sealing the wood is recommended to preserve its color and natural beauty. These hardwoods are more difficult to install as pre-drilling is required. These woods are graded according to their strength and appearance.

composite Decking Materials

For a almost maintenance free deck, that requires no sealing, splitting, or splintering then you should consider a composite deck material. There are many brands of composite decking some of the manufactures are as follows:

  • Trex
  • TimberTech
  • Arcat
  • Fiberon
  • Azek
  • and many others

(Composite Decking) Deck boards manufactured with wood fiber and plastic or other materials. There are a variety of manufactures and grades of composite decking.

HDPE - Plastic Decking and handrails

High-Density Polyethylene - HDPE products are used in many conventional wood lumber applications and are often the products of choice for exterior applications where weathering resistance and low maintenance are required.

HDPE lumber is made from post-consumer plastic bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, and other plastic products. This raw recyclable material is cleaned to get rid of food and contaminants and then is compounded into a board stock that can be used for various building materials. HDPE is commonly used for decking, handrails, stair treads, and other dimensional lumber and sheeting.

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