If you own property that features a body of water, a dock is an ideal way to enjoy your water access, as its use provides a guaranteed spot of your own on the water. Given the many different types and characteristics of wood, it can be challenging to be sure you are choosing the right one. Fortunately, a little knowledge makes it easier to plan your new dock.
Do You Know What To Look For?
Hardwoods will often need pressure treatments in order to protect the wood from the possibility of absorbing harmful chemicals from the water. It is frequently necessary to make sure that when you are shopping for the necessary wood, that you are looking at pre-treated or prepared wood, so that it will last longer. Within the types of wood, there are also specific examples of wood that should be considered when planning your dock.
Why Choose Western Red Cedar?
Western Red Cedar is often a good choice for someone new to working with wood. It is a durable softwood that is easy to work with. Some experts believe that for the best long-term usage, Western Red Cedar is not the best choice, since it does not last as long in the water as some other woods.
However, if you only need the dock temporarily, it is a great option to consider. If you want to build a dock now and use it for years, cypress and Douglas fir may be a better wood choice.
Or Would You Prefer Cypress?
Cypress is popular for many building projects, especially when those projects come into contact with water, because it has an existing preservative that provides protection against weather and bugs. In addition, it is a lightweight type of wood that is unlikely to break apart after nails or screws are used on it.
It is important to note that cypress should be prepared at the lumber mill prior to its sale or use. If it is not prepared properly, its color will distort over time and eventually become a shade of gray. Treated wood will be clearly marked as such.
And What About Douglas Fir?
If you are planning a permanent dock, the Douglas fir is a good softwood to consider. Also known as simply fir, it is an inexpensive wood that is reasonably strong. Because you are using it in the water and therefore staining the wood is unlikely to be necessary, the fact that it does not take coloring very well will not be a problem.
It will also be helpful to note that the wood itself is rather plain to look at, so Douglas fir woods are definitely a functional wood, as opposed to an attractive wood.
In conclusion, choosing the right type of wood for your new dock is a big decision. When you are ready to call a dock to call your own, speak with a lumber specialist to make your final choice.
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