Do you have some carpentry skills? If you’re building an outside deck on you own, you’re going to need to have an idea of the right type of wood to get and for what reason. Naturally, the material of choice for outdoor structures is wood. Not only is it beautiful but it’s inexpensive, easy to work with and doesn’t require any specialized tools. All you need is the regular saw, drill, nails and a hammer, you can build almost anything. The disadvantage with wood is that if left untreated it can rot from the elements of the weather, be inviting to bacteria and insects like termites which can destroy it in just a few years.

Protection from the Elements

To withstand the elements, wood is chemically protected through a process known as pressure treating in order for it to withstand the elements. This process keep insects, microorganisms and fungal decay off the wood. Pressure treated lumber can last 20 years or more.

Pressure treated wood requires special considerations and usage. Here are some key requirements to keep in mind:

  • Fasteners – pressure treated wood has a large amount of copper in it and because of this, standard steel fasteners will corrode up to five times faster than when used in untreated wood.
  • Shrinkage – During the pressure treating process, wood becomes saturated with a chemical solution carried in water. The wood actually takes several months to dry after this process. Bear in mind that as the wood dries out there may be some shrinkage and warping. You may need to wait an additional three weeks to six months prior to staining or painting, depending on the climate where you live and the treatment process the wood went through.


When doing carpentry, be sure to use gloves when handle all types of wood. Wear proper eye protection and a dust mask for when cutting. Never burn the saw dust of treated wood because of the chemicals in it.

It’s a good idea to hire a professional for custom Woodwork

From large kitchen makeovers and home wood renovation projects to smaller wood deck building, we have seen it all and done it all. When it comes to choosing the right type of wood for your custom wood project, custom kitchen cabinets in Calgary, and custom millwork, our experience and knowledge will ensure the project is completed on time and the right way every time.

Some of the things we’re good at include:

  • Custom Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinets
  • Custom Woodworking
  • Custom Kitchens
  • Kitchen Renovations
  • Bathroom Renovations
  • Custom Millwork
  • Custom Closets and Storage Areas
  • Custom Furniture and Shelving
  • Wet Bars and Outdoor Bars
  • Man Caves and Sports Rooms
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Kitchen Consulting
  • Kitchen Designs