PATIO DECK MATERIALS

As a professional builder of wooden patio decks since 1998, we understand the importance of selecting quality patio deck materials. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of the materials we use in the construction of patio decks and also those that we do not use.

Composite Decking – a popular choice with many disadvantages…


- Please note that Patios et Clôtures Beaulieu no longer uses composite decking materials in the construction of its decks. Their disadvantages and environmental impacts are too important and they do not coincide with our corporate vision.

Made from various combinations of waste wood fibers, non-renewable petroleum products and a small percentage of recycled plastics, composite decking materials are often used in the construction of decks.

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Pressure Treated Wood – a cheaper alternative for the structure of decks


Another material we use in the construction of our decks is pressure treated wood. Woods such as spruce, pine and fir are commonly pressure-treated with ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary), a chemical preservative that prolongs the lifespan of wood used in exterior construction.

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Ipe Wood – durability and ease of maintenance


Ipe wood is a material harvested from FSC regulated forests of Brazil, known for its strength and durability (between 40 and 50 years). This wood does not require any specific treatment due to its high natural resistance to moisture, weathering and damage caused by insects. In addition, Ipe wood is very resistant to fire, almost at the same level as cement. The diversity of its color varies from light brown, dark brown and, red- brown.

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Western Red Cedar – elegance and durability


For centuries, carpenters and craftsmen valued Western Red Cedar for its natural beauty and durability. The red cedar we use is from Western Canada, where logging is regulated to ensure the resource is sustained.

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