Throughout the United States, including Houston, deck contractors regularly recommend pressure treated wood due to its resistance to termites and decay. Chemical preservatives are forced into the wood to preserve and harden it. Some pressure treated wood is also treated with water repellents.
Naturally strong, redwood makes a fine decking material. Redwood comes in several quality grades with Clear Heart grade being the strongest and most durable.
Mahogany is a gorgeous wood, though not all mahoganies are “true” mahoganies. In addition, not all true mahoganies make suitable decking material. If you want a mahogany deck, let Houston Deck Contractors steer you in the right direction. Look for Honduras mahogany with a rich, dark red or brown color as these woods are more resistant to decay and better suited for outdoor use than the lighter woods.
Cedar is a soft wood often used in fences and decks due to its durability and resistance to decay. This is a fast weathering wood requiring preservatives and sealants for a longer lifetime.
Teak wood is extremely hard, durable, and resistant to termites and decay. Its natural resistance to decay makes chemical treatments unnecessary while its oiliness makes teak naturally water resistant.