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Southern Pine Deck

In recent years the deck has become so much more than just a place to store the grill. It has become an outdoor room which extends a home’s living area.. With cutting-edge grills and accessories, novel lighting solutions, festive table settings and even innovative mosquito barriers, outdoor entertaining has become an art form. And as with all art, the most important element is the canvas –in this case, the deck itself!

You craft your artwork with only the best materials Ė those with a proven history of success. So why would you use anything but best material to build your deck? Pressure-treated Southern Pine decking has been the preferred decking material for over 60 years. Alternative decking materials (wood/plastic composite decking, vinyl decking, etc.) donít come close to matching the total package of benefits of treated Southern Pine:

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  • Beautiful. Your deck should be beautiful while blending effortlessly with its surroundings. Unless you have plastic trees or vinyl bushes in your yard, real wood decking is the only material that looks truly natural and blends in with the rest of your yard. After all, Southern Pine is the only building material designed by Mother Nature!
  • Strong. What do Trex, WeatherBest, EverGrain, TimberTech and other composite, plastic and vinyl decking product have in common? They all require you to frame your deck with REAL WOOD. Have you ever wondered why? It’s simple: their products aren’t strong enough to support the deck itself, and they don’t stand up well to direct ground contact. Southern Pine radius edge decking is at least four times stronger than artificial composite products. And treated Southern Pine decking is made to withstand the elements – whether on the ground or above it. So when you decide to build your next deck or upgrade your existing one, choose the decking material strong enough to support itself – choose treated Southern Pine.
  • Durable. Because Southern Pine is such a dense wood, it is extremely durable and able to withstand just about anything your family and Mother Nature can throw at it. Other wood species, such as cedar and redwood, can be damaged easily by regular foot traffic and pet claws because they aren’t as dense as Southern Pine and have softer surfaces.
  • Economical. Pressure-treated Southern Pine decking is one of the most cost effective decking choices available. Exotic hardwoods, cedar and redwood decking can cost up to four times as much as Southern Pine; artificial wood decking could cost up to five times as much as treated Southern Pine!
  • Environmentally Friendly. Wood is a renewable resource, meaning that new trees are constantly planted to replace the ones we use. Southern Pine trees come from healthy, thriving Southern Pine forests which are managed following sustainable forestry practices to ensure that Southern Pine forests will be maintained for generations to come. Exotic hardwoods are extracted from rainforests in countries where sustainable forestry is not practiced and more trees are harvested than are planted. Plastic and vinyl are made with petroleum, a finite resource. Once finite resources are gone, they are gone forever. Furthermore, the manufacture of wood products requires less energy and yields far less air and water pollution than the manufacture of plastic and composite decking.
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  • Easy to Use. Treated Southern Pine decking is a favorite because it is so versatile and easy to install. It does not require any special tools or skills like the alternatives.
  • Easy to Maintain. Don’t buy into the hype that composite, plastic and vinyl decking is maintenance free. Nothing is maintenance free. Treated Southern Pine decking comes as close as the alternatives to living up to the claim. To keep your Southern Pine deck looking good, clean your deck periodically, and apply a water-repellant sealer every couple of years. That’s it!
  • Comfortable under foot. Artificial wood decking can become extremely hot when exposed to direct sunlight. So hot, in fact, that it can blister bare feet. Southern Pine decking, however, absorbs sunlight like a pro – never becoming so hot that you can’t walk on it barefoot.
  • Safe. Southern Pine is treated with preservatives that scientific tests prove pose no measurable risk to people, animals, plants or marine life when used as intended.

Still not convinced that treated Southern Pine is the best decking material for your deck? Take a look at how composite and plastic decking stacks up to Southern Pine:

Southern Pine vs. Composite or Plastic Decking
Question Southern Pine Composites
or Plastics
What are the Facts?
Natural appearance? Yes No There is no substitute for the look and feel of real wood. Southern Pine decking provides a warm, natural look that blends beautifully with the landscape. Plastic or plastic composites, even with faux wood grain, still look and feel artificial.
Comfortable under foot? Yes ? Wood is a naturally insulating material and does not conduct heat or cold like metal or plastic. In direct sun, some types of plastic or composite decking may become much hotter than wood, hot enough to burn or blister feet. In fact, some facilities post signs to warn pedestrians of the hazard.
Economical? Yes No Treated Southern Pine is a very economical choice compared to plastic or composite decking, which may cost up to five times more per piece.
Safe to use? Yes Yes Pressure-treated Southern Pine is safe for people, pets and the environment. Furthermore, new wood preservative formulations contain no arsenical or chromium compounds yet provide the same resistance to decay and termite attack.
Renewable? Yes No Wood is the only building material that uses the sun's energy to renew itself in a continuous, renewable cycle. Sustainable forestry practices ensure that our supply of homegrown Southern Pine will be maintained for future generations to come. Plastic decking and plastics used in composites are derived from dwindling petroleum resources.
Earth friendly? Yes No The manufacture of wood products uses less energy and produces less air and water pollution than other building materials. In fact, the manufacture of plastic decking requires up to eight times the energy needed to produce a comparable piece of pressure-treated Southern Pine decking.
Strong? Yes No Southern Pine is four times stronger than plastic or composite products, and possesses up to nine times the stiffness of artificial decking. Southern Pine decking is not affected by heat, which tends to promote creep (sagging) in composites over time.
Needs maintenance? Yes Yes Despite claims to the contrary, all decking requires maintenance. Periodic cleaning and application of a water repellant sealer is all that is needed to keep a Southern Pine deck in top shape. A good scrubbing usually gets rid of most stains on Southern Pine.
Decay/termite warranty? Lifetime limited Limited Against decay and termite attack in residential use, wood preservative manufacturers typically offer a limited lifetime warranty; whereas, plastic or composite deck manufacturers typically offer a limited warranty (usually 10-20 years).
Standardized product? Yes No Southern Pine lumber production and pressure treating facilities are monitored by the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) and other third-party agencies. These agencies operate under rigorous protocols to enforce uniform performance and quality standards established by the SPIB and approved by the American Softwood Lumber Standard Committee and/or the American Wood Protection Association. Third-party inspections are not necessarily required of composite decking manufacturers. Furthermore, manufacturers of artificial decking have not adopted a uniform standard to ensure that their products are interchangeable with other composites, making it difficult to compare performance between competing products.
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