Selecting The Best Material For Your Project

Spring is here! The season of rejuvenation, flowers, cleaning and new projects. If you are about to start a new project but can't decided what material to use you're not alone. The majority of our customers have the main concept of what they want but aren't sure what material they should use. So DCL is here to give you a quick run down of the materials we use the most often. 

Pine is commonly used and can be found in most home improvement centers. Its affordable and easy to work with. Just make sure its pressure treated if you plan on using it outside. It can be painted to give you any desired look at an affordable price.

 Pressure Treated Pine Planters Painted

Pressure Treated Pine Planters Painted

Cedar is a naturally resistant wood for rot and insects and is commonly used outside. We have built some beautiful planters and fences with cedar. This is a more expensive option then pressure treated pine but has a nice high end finish and is easy to work with. 

 Clear Cedar Wood use for Fence, Planters and Benches

Clear Cedar Wood use for Fence, Planters and Benches

Ipe or Brazilian hardwood is a fire rated wood given a Class A fire rating  (under the UBC-uniform building code), the same rating given to concrete & steel. It is a great option for constructing your outdoor kitchen and deck. It is extremely durable and reliable. Landmarks all over the county use IPE, specifically the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. Note this wood is more difficult to work with because of its durability. It requires pre drilling to avoid splitting in the wood which can be time consuming. This is also one of the more expensive material options to use for your outdoor project.

 IPE Outdoor Kitchen

IPE Outdoor Kitchen

Mahogany is a great wood for outdoor decks or fences.  It has a tight grain, does not splinter easily, and is free of knots. This wood is less expensive option then IPE, but has a similar color and look. Its important to note that Mahogany is not fire rated and as durable as IPE. 

 Mahogany Pergola, Bench and Lattice. 

Mahogany Pergola, Bench and Lattice. 

No matter which wood you choose if untreated and exposed to direct sunlight the wood will fade. Wood loses their rich color and turns grey if not oiled annually. Vertical surfaces may get away with maintenance every other year but this is completely dependent on sun exposure.

So take your time when selecting the material you want to use in your next outdoor project. Each wood has unique qualities, different price points, and ease of use.